I'm Planning a Fall Picnic Gathering With My Friends—Here's My Outfit Vision


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I love summer for all of the outdoor gatherings, such as barbecues, concerts, pool parties, and, most importantly, picnics. It’s for that very reason I’m going to do my best to carry picnic plans with friends and family straight into fall. The looks for such gatherings will naturally be much cozier thanks to the cooler weather that my favorite time of year brings. With all of this in mind, I already started hunting down the perfect fall picnic outfit inspiration.

I envision a variety of get-togethers that each emanates a different vibe. Think of everything from laid-back plans decked out in casual pieces like activewear, jeans, and sneakers to more elevated affairs with polished sweaters, pretty dresses, and more. I also kept an eye out for stylish ways to transition summer staples like sandals into the new season. Ahead, check out 10 outfit ideas that fit the bill plus how to get each look.


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Brittany Bathgate masters the coastal-grandma aesthetic perfectly here. It's all about easy-breezy pieces paired with comfortable shoes. 

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Abisola Omole looks effortless in this modern preppy outfit—I am a huge fan of one-and-done looks.

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Jessica Skye shows a cool way to wear one of the biggest trends that will continue straight into 2023: the oversize striped sweater.

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Chrissy Rutherford is known for her inspiring denim looks, and this one is no exception. The black boots give the outfit the perfect amount of edge.

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Felicia Akerstrom proves that activewear sets can easily be styled to create a minimalist everyday look.

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Monikh has so many understated, cool pieces in this outfit, from the green trench coat to the cuffed jeans and Birkenstock Boston clogs.

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Linda Tol gave this white nightgown-style dress the Scandi-girl treatment with her bright, effortlessly tied sweater and simple flip-flop sandals.

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Anouk Yve's look is the epitome of elevated basics. Don't even get me started on her cool square-toe boots.

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TyLynn Nguyen paired her cozy white sweater and pants with polished mule sandals for a sophisticated yet easy look.

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Lucy Williams gives the ubiquitous chunky-sweater-and-leggings combo her signature British touch with the help of statement sneakers and the ankle-slit details of her leggings.

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Jennifer Camp Forbes
Contributing Editor

Jennifer Camp Forbes is currently the shopping updates editor at Who What Wear, where she has worked in a variety of capacities for over a decade, including creative director and various editor roles. She’s well-known as a shopping expert that’s sought out for advice and insight on the latest trends, outfit ideas, and fashion picks thanks to her thoughtful shopping roundups, digital moodboards, and extensive knowledge of up-and-coming brands, plus the new arrivals sections of the chicest retailers. Jennifer has had a lifelong interest in fashion which led her to intern at Harper’s Bazaar as an undergraduate. Later, while working towards her masters degree in psychological counseling at Columbia University, she founded two digital fashion publications: Le Fashion and Olsens Anonymous. The popularity of both sites grew and after graduation she decided put her plans to become a therapist aside to pursue a career in fashion. While she has called Los Angeles and New York City home in the past, she currently works remotely from Massachusetts. When she’s not obsessing over and writing about her latest fashion finds, she is delighting in raising two little ones with her highschool sweetheart, perusing TikTok religiously, listening to podcasts and audiobooks, creating abstract photographs, and eating the best Mexican food she can get her hands on.