UK Heatwave: What to Wear to a Garden Party

As the days get longer, the nights get lighter and more bank holidays in the calendar, garden parties can be a popular choice when it comes to gathering your friends and family in the comfort of your own home, without the hassle of indoor chaos.

As TikTok views for #gardenpartyoutfits rise to 1.7 million, choosing your garden ‘fit can be tricky business. Between daytime fun to night time partying, coupled with unpredictable weather, how do you balance a glamorous style with practical dressing?

Whether you’re the hostess with the mostess or a garden guest, Talia Johnson, Senior Creative Manager at PrettyLittleThing shares five key looks for choosing your garden party style, no matter the weather:

1. Figure flattering corset tops

Corset tops are no longer just an undergarment accessory and are this season’s key trend for any occasion, especially a garden do.

“With a seriously figure-flattering structure that celebrates an effortless hourglass silhouette, there’s a corset top for everyone and the possibilities are endless.

“For a corset top fit for a garden party, embody your surroundings and opt for a ruched floral design that can be balanced with denim jeans.

“For those colder days, you can pair this ‘fit with a trench coat to remain stylish and warm throughout the fun.”

2. Day to night jumpsuits

“Jumpsuits are an ideal choice for those day to night garden bashes. They’re comfortable and practical, yet a wardrobe statement that can be reworn for any other occasion.

“Ribbed jumpsuits in particular can be styled up or down, depending on the vibe. Pair with either trainers for wetter days or chunky sandals for sunnier events to avoid a grass sinking faux pas.

“Long sleeves are perfect for evening garden affairs to keep you well equipped for any breezy winds.”

3. The versatile crop top

Crop tops should be an essential part of any wardrobe throughout the year. Not only are they versatile but with so many crop top outfit options, you’ll be more than spoilt for choice!

“There is no ‘right way’ to wear a crop top. They can be coupled with anything.

“Whether it’s flared jeans or a slim fit mid skirt, you can mix and match as you please and every choice will be sure to make a lasting impression.”

4. Summer dress staple

“Dresses are a staple choice for any garden party. Whatever your preference, the different lengths, styles and materials can easily cater to all, including the temperatures.

“Whether you’re busy with the bbq and need a quick throw on and go maxi dress or you prefer a statement feminine ruffle dress, there’s more than enough choices to play around with.”

5. The perfect mix and match co-ord combo

Co-ords can be anything from a top and trouser, to shorts or a skirt.

Co-ord sets and unpredictable weather are a match made in heaven, the perfect transitional look for when the weather simply can’t decide.

“For something a little more dressy, team a top and skirt set with a matching blazer for an extra layer. 

“For a riskier forecast, opt for a tailored top and trouser combo and you simply can’t go wrong.”

Anabel Cooper

Anabel is a graduate of King’s College London and upon graduating, she set out on a journey to inspire and empower women through her words. Besides working as a digital marketing expert, Anabel is a freelance copywriter.