What to wear for pub gardens, bbqs, picnics and outdoor restaurants this bank holiday weekend

Pub gardens and al fresco dining have been back on the menu since lockdown restrictions started easing across the country on April 12. The good news also means that picnics, barbecues and outdoor drinks (all with up to six people) are allowed again, so you’ll be wanting to make the most of the opportunity whenever the weather allows.

It’s been a long time since we’ve had plans we needed to get properly dressed for, but heading out for lunch or dinner now with up to five friends presents a fresh sartorial dilemma: since all of our dining will be done outdoors, we’ll need to look suitably stylish and warm. Rather than just throwing your tired winter coat on over any and every look, choosing wise outfit components means you can forgo a cumbersome coat altogether. 

Here are the pieces that you’ll need to nail al fresco dining this spring.

What to wear for al fresco dining

The dress with sleeves

A modest but summery frock that’ll keep your skin safe from the sun, and still nods to the spring theme is key. You’ll want a loose silhouette which is comfortable for sitting and standing, and a dress makes light work of tackling such a sartorial dilemma. 

If you haven’t got a sleeved dress in your arsenal yet, pop a grey T-shirt or white cotton shirt under a sleeveless dress for a similar effect.