7 Summer BBQ Style Don’ts

Is it possible to look chic when it’s sweltering? Sure, but you’ve got to hang up your LBD and try a new look. Here are 7 things NOT to wear to a summer barbecue—and what to rock instead.

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  • 1. Rubber Flip Flops
  • I’ve said this before, but it seems I need to remind people every year: Flip flops are for the beach and the gym shower only. Wear a leather or metallic sandal instead, it’ll give you the same amount of comfort with some actual style.
  • 2. Stiletto Heels
  • Alright, I know I said no flip flops—but don’t go to the opposite extreme. Anything too dressy will make you look out of place, and a skinny heel is going to sink right into the grass. If you need some height, go for a wedge sandal or espadrille.
  • 3. Tight, Polyester Anything
  • Clingy is not your friend when the temperature rises. Look for a breathable fabric, like cotton, cut to skim your body or flare away. Another good option: Cotton walking shorts with a loose printed blouse.
  • 4. Swimwear
  • Swimwear is not an outfit. It’s something you wear in the water, not on land. So unless the invitation specifically says to wear your suit to the pool party, do not show up in a bikini or coverup.
  • 5. Clear Bra Straps
  • Eek—people can see those, you know! Do you want people to think that strips of your skin have a plastic-y sheen? If you like bare shoulders, invest in a good strapless bra to support you, otherwise choose a top or dress with wider shoulder straps.
  • 6. A Big Old Bag
  • Do you think it's comfortable to rub sweaty skin against leather (just ruminate on that for a minute). Yeah, me neither. Instead, carry a clutch or a lightweight cotton tote.
  • 7. A Logo T-Shirt
  • Unless you are AT the 2015 Kelly Family Reunion, you should not be wearing the 2015 Kelly Family Reunion t-shirt. T-shirts are shapeless and should be worn for sleeping and working out only, ok? (And for the record, at the Kelly Family Reunion we do not wear T-shirts.)
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