From Memorial Day (which is quickly approaching) until Labor Day (which sadly marks the end of summer), we try to jam-pack the season with plenty of warm-weather activities, particularly barbeques! We're certain you feel the same way, dear readers, which is why we thought it only appropriate to focus today's WWW Picks story on BBQ-ready pieces. But rather than suggest typical barbeque getups, like worn-in cutoffs and tank tops, we turned to Alexis Mabille's S/S 12 runway show for inspiration, which featured a number of sophisticated outfits that are ideal for an outdoor gathering. For example, the designer's Blue Striped Cotton Poplin Shirt ($414) and High-Waisted Pleated Mini-Shorts ($395) offer a polished, crisp ensemble with a boyish twist, while a fringed belt and strappy shoes lend just the right amount of dramatic flourish. We sourced an array of barbeque-worthy clothing and accessories for you, from a comfortably casual pair of sandals to a cheerful plaid dress, all in a cool blue palette fitting for the summer swelter!
1. Guess by Marciano Braided Double Wrap Belt ($68) in White
A stylish belt is one of the easiest ways to add an element of visual intrigue to your outfit and define your midsection! Guess by Marciano's braided leather rendition doubles around your waist and features boho-inspired tassels at the end, so it lends any floaty tunic or loose-fitting dress a cool effect. While we think the white version teams well with the season's paler color palette, the belt also comes in versatile black and camel too!
2. Tommy Hilfiger Chambray Sun Hat ($38)
A sun-shielding chapeau is an absolute necessity for capping off your barbeque outfit! We're fond of Tommy Hilfiger's chambray bucket hat, as its wide brim effectively protects you from the rays. This chic topper would easily pull together a button-down blouse and shorts combo for a simply stylish warm-weather look.
3. Lands' End Canvas Madras Dress ($90) in Chambray Blue Multi Plaid
For an easy slip-on-and-go piece, look no further than this madras dress from Lands' End Canvas! The lightweight cotton fabric ensures you won't deflate in the heat, but its striking plaid pattern makes a fashionably bold statement. With a cinched-in waist and full skirt, the frock also boasts a flattering feminine silhouette we simply adore.
4. Coach Leather Colorblock New Willis ($298) in B4/Navy/Ivory
Coach's leather bag comes with a top handle and longer strap so you can carry it two ways; for the purposes of this story, however, we suggest slinging it over your shoulder so you can mix, mingle, and munch with ease. We particularly love the details of this cross-body carrier, such as the gold hardware and tassel, that lend it a luxe appeal.
5. Kain Anwar Stretch-Modal Sweater ($135)
Sweet pastel hues are all the rage for spring and summer, which is precisely why we included Kain's soft sweater in our roundup of barbeque must-haves! In a subtle mint green hue, this knit is a cozy topper to slip on when the evening temps start to cool down. A wide scoop-neck makes it the perfect knit to layer over button-down shirts, too!
6. Sabre Nevermind LTD Sunglasses ($95) in Light Blue
Stand out at your backyard barbeque in a pair of Sabre's colored sunnies! Though these shades come in basic black, tortoise, and clear, we love the pale blue version for injecting your look with a little spring color. It's also noteworthy to point out the round lenses and uniquely-shaped bridge, two delightfully quirky details!
7. Rag & Bone Tennis Shorts ($290)
Jeans may be too warm to wear to a summer barbeque, and a skirt may be too dressy for the occasion, so we've concluded shorts are the best choice! Should you feel the same way, we highly recommend Rag & Bone's high-rise pair, which exudes a polished, preppy vibe. They'd look cool and casual teamed with a simple t-shirt and sandals in warm weather, but come fall, mix them up with a blazer, tights, and boots for a chic layered look.
8. Acne Snowdon Blue III Light Blue ($270, 212.450.8300)
To channel Alexis Mabille's sophisticated runway look, you'll need the perfect button-down shirt. And the key to nabbing one that's versatile enough for barbeques and beyond is a great fit! Acne's cotton version comes in a straight, slim silhouette with a pin-point collar. Tuck it into high-waisted shorts or skinny jeans for an instantly sharp ensemble! If you seek a more budget-friendly option, we suggest Paul & Shark's Long Sleeve Shirt ($109) or Merona's Women's Breezy Chambray Tunic ($20) in Blue, two equally polished-looking options!
9. Madewell The Crisscross Boardwalk Sandal ($60) in Bloomsbury Blue
True, your WWW editors may be famously fond of wearing heels, but at barbeques, we prefer to keep our footwear as comfortable as possible! With a pop of blue against tan leather, Madewell's strappy sandals offer an au courant option. Additionally, they're just as chic for wearing on a shopping excursion or to brunch with your girlfriends!--Tiffany Tse
Alexis Mabille runway photo, courtesy of Alexis Mabille.