BY YUWA VOSPER
It’s officially outdoor grilling and crawfish boil season. With the warmer temperatures, you have the opportunity to show off your spring/summer style while enjoying great food, drinks, and friends. During an outdoor grill, you can wear a maxi dress, summer shorts, tanks, sandals, and wedges. There are no limits. The only garment I’d caution against would be white jeans – the ultimate barbecue sauce magnet.
Rompers and Dresses
This spring/summer season, I have been really into rompers and tunic-style shift dresses. These are ‘one and done’ clothing items — put it on, add your choice of shoe, accentuate with your accessories of choice, and you’re out the door. But still, many of us ladies are intimidated by the romper. Complaints vary from “they just don’t look right on me” to “I’m too tall.” Maybe you just haven’t been choosing the best fit. Rompers that are cinched or gathered at the waist will not work well for anyone with a long torso; I suggest finding looser fitting dropwaist rompers or one with more structure.
These are a go-to staple for summer. Whether they are denim, seersucker, or printed fabric, shorts let you know that warmer weather has arrived. For an outdoor grill, I would pair it with a loose tank, bold top, or a printed slogan tank (like one from Baton Rouge boutique Hey Penelope) if you opt for denim shorts. If you plan on making it an all-day event, make sure you bring a light jacket or fringe kimono for the night air.
Shoes and Accessories
Sandals or flats are usually the preferred choice, but wedges can provide the same comfort while giving height. It comes down to your role at the party. If you plan on working the grill, I would suggest sandals. Wedges still dig in the grass and are difficult to walk on any uneven or cobbled ground.
For accessories, the one item you cannot leave home without is sunglasses. I prefer being more artistic and creative with sunglasses finding unique shaped frames. Sunglasses can be the bold complement to any ensemble. Try BR’s Smarter Eyewear for some stand-out shades, including pairs from New Orleans designers Krewe du Optic.
As for summer jewelry, I opt for cuffs. Flash tattoos are popular because they provide the same effect as cuffs without awkward tan lines, but a cuff can be easily removed. Baton Rouge handcrafter jewelry company Mimosa offers some chic options.
At an outdoor grill, I prefer medium-sized tote bags. It’s best to come prepared, and tote bags can help you fit all your necessities without cramming a small purse. If the venue has a pool, you want to make sure you also packed a swimsuit and beach towel.
With makeup, since it is an outdoor event, I would suggest keeping it simple and light. The last thing you need is for your heavy makeup to be melting in the sun. A skin tint with SPF, mascara, and lip gloss are all you need. I refuse to wrinkle. Sunscreen is the best skin protection.
For any outdoor grill, the key is to look your best in an ensemble that will withstand the heat. Even if covered under a patio, you want to look and feel cool and comfortable.