What to wear to a bbq

Oh, BBQ season: when the sun shines until 9pm, the beers are ice-cold, the potato salad is bottomless, and the kids get to stay up for "just one more hour" because the ice-cream-induced sugar rush hasn't quite worn off. Whether you're the designated DJ, ultimate grill master, cocktail connoisseur or simply there to keep the good vibes going, a BBQ is everyone's favourite summer activity. When it comes to figuring out what to wear, the options are endless. There are no real rules, except to feel your best and leave room for as many cheeseburgers as you can handle. In case you needed some inspiration, we've rounded up our favourite summer BBQ outfits for you to recreate.

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The Co-ord

This one is ideal for impromptu BBQs; when the weather is just *so* good that you can't help but fire up the grill, put the beers on ice and start prepping all the side dishes. Look to matching sets that are practically pre-planned outfits in two simple steps so you can focus on all the last-minute prep before everyone arrives. Keep your look casual with trainers or summery with slide-on sandals.

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The Playsuit

Lean into the relaxed vibe of the day with a one-and-done playsuit. More practical than a dress if you're planning on joining in on the kids' cartwheel competitions and Olympic games of Tag. They're also pretty great if your BBQ plans are still going ahead even when the wind is blowing a gale (shout-out to the UK's unpredictable weather). Just make sure to bring a trusty layer with you in case the temperatures drop any further.

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The Boho Dress

Meeting up with your girls for a food-fueled debrief and need an outfit that leaves space for extra helpings of potato salad? Enter: the boho dress. It's pretty, on-trend and loose enough to keep you feeling comfortable after your third (or fourth?) serving. Style with oversized sunglasses and chunky sandals for a cool-but-casual look. In case your girls' day escalates from BBQ to rooftop bar, swap out the chunky sandals for strappy heels and you're good to go.

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The Printed Top

"Jeans and a nice top" but make it summery. Rely on this fail-safe outfit formula when you've spent the whole morning making sure your little ones are dressed and ready. This simple (but effective) look will have you out the door and sipping ice-cold G&Ts in no time. Keep the warm-weather vibe going by choosing a brightly coloured top in a bold print and swap your jeans out for denim (or linen) shorts. Easy BBQ style is served.

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The Linen Look

Heatwaves are coming. If you're anything like us, you'll be planning BBQs faster than you can say "Met Office weather warning" when the mercury spikes. Yes, cooking your food on a soaring grill in 30° heat can be a challenge but we have a simple solution for you: linen. Designed to help you feel cool but look hot. This summer, we're choosing easy linen dresses and accessorising with *all* the SPF.

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