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Park Life: The Summer Dress Code

Your summer plans might be a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still make the most of the warm weather. With a trip to the park now becoming 2020’s equivalent of a European adventure, there’s still plenty of reasons to dress to impress – especially when you’ve been wearing loungewear for two months straight!

5 Looks For 5 Park Activities

From sunbathing on the grass and enjoying a leisurely walk to working up a sweat, our local parks offer us the promise of fresh air and sunny skies (if the British weather holds out!). To find out what to wear for your outdoor excursions, check out our five favourite park outfits, including the latest summer dresses, sportswear and versatile basics.

Day 1: Stylish Sun Seeker

If you’ve been staring at the sun longingly from your window, now’s your chance to top up your tan safely. While your bikini might cut it for sunbathing sessions in your garden, the park calls for something with a bit more coverage.

For an outfit that will bring to mind holidays abroad, opt for a summer dress. Whether you go for a timeless white sundress or pick cooling pastel colours like mint and lilac, a summer dress is a stylish way to soak up the sun.

Don’t forget functional yet fashionable accessories like woven floppy hats and light shawls for extra protection. As always, sun cream is a must!

Woman wearing a light blue sun dress with tie waist
Woman wearing white blouse and khaki trousers

Day 2: Picnic Perfection

Picnics are the unsung hero of summer. It might not be a massive party with all your loved ones, but a relaxed meal in the park with your household will be a welcome change to your kitchen table. Who knew that checked picnic rugs and melamine picnicware would become some of 2020’s most in-demand accessories?

For an outfit worthy of the occasion, team denim shorts with a gingham blouse for a playful combo. The ideal get-up to wear while tucking into sausage rolls, strawberries and crisp sandwiches (an iconic picnic snack), round off your outfit with a pair of cat-eye sunglasses for a retro twist.

Day 3: Fashionable Fitness

Move over living room workouts! With multiple trips to the park now an option, your fitness regime has suddenly become much more exciting. Whether you’ve been craving a slow and steady run or you just fancy practising your downward dog outdoors more than once a day, the choice is yours.

Half the fun of working out is getting to choose stylish sportswear to sweat in. Now that you’re able to show off your activewear whenever you want, make the most of it by stepping (or sprinting) out in matching sports leggings and sports tops.

Woman wearing a matching navy sports crop top and leggings
Woman wearing a short sleeve dusty pink jumpsuit with white trainers

Day 4: A Walk In The Park

We may have become a pro at our daily walks, but it’s fair to say that we weren’t exactly concentrating on what we wore. In fact, many of us would probably never like to see our walking joggers ever again. Even so, spending time on your outfit can make your usual walking route feel like an adventure – especially now that you can increase the length and frequency of your trips.

For a seasonal look that still has a practical edge, throw on a jumpsuit. Utilitarian designs are huge this summer, so keep an eye out for pockets, neutral shades and streamlined details. Gold-toned hoop earrings and white trainers will ensure your outfit ticks off all the trends.

Day 5: The Comfort Zone

If you’re bored of rotating between your bed, your sofa and your kitchen table, consider using the park as a refreshing change of scene. Whether you kick back and relax with your favourite book, practice mindfulness or tune into a podcast on a grassy spot, simply being in a different environment will help recharge your mind and your mood.

For an easy-to-wear outfit that will let you get into the comfort zone, pair wide leg trousers with a super-soft T-shirt. This look is all about simplicity, so keep your accessories to a minimum and allow yourself some well-deserved me-time.

Woman wearing a khaki t-shirt with navy patterned floral culottes and black sandals

For more of the latest seasonal trends, check out our women’s summer shop, men’s summer shop and kids’ summer shop.