If you’re a busy mom, I’ll bet the last thing you’re thinking about is what to wear on Memorial Day. Even with all the cute outfit inspiration that I’m seeing, I know that after our kids’ activities this weekend, I’ll be racing to our friends’ cook-out, hoping that my shoes match. Can you relate? If so, I have us covered with a Memorial Day outfit formula…
1. Start With Your Feet
If sandal season has just arrived in your area, you may be tempted to break out those cute strappy heels. Slip-on shoes are a better option, if you are walking in and out of the house for a barbecue or picnic.
Slip-on sneakers with laser cut detail will keep your feet cool while you play tag in th
Consider a slip on snake-skin flat sandal.
If you like to have the extra height then choose a wedge heel that won’t sink into the grass.
DSW always has great bargains, if you need something new.
2. Choose Dark Pants Or Shorts
Memorial Day used to be the weekend when we could start wearing white.
- That rule is now permanently in the fashion archives (along with wearing corsets and bloomers.) Wear white at any time!
- Barbecue sauce, ketchup, mustard, and relish. Need I say more?
If you’re eating a messy meal, (or have a little one who likes to use you as a napkin) pick a dark pant that’s easy to wash. Athleta’s La Viva pant (in the photo below) has been one of my favorites but I’m seriously tempted to get a black Tribeca Utility Crop that I wrote about in this post.
In our area, it usually cools down so much at night that I don’t like to wear shorts, but I do have my Banana Republic Stretch 5″ shorts ready for an unexpected scorcher.
3. Add A Striped T-Shirt
You won’t be able to walk into a fashion retail store without seeing at least one striped t-shirt!
Linen t-shirts have just started to arrive in stores, and come in stripes and bright colors.
Wear a striped tank top if it’s going to be a hot day.
If I didn’t already have half a dozen striped t-shirts, I would buy one in bright, happy colors. Instead, I’m carrying my brightest, striped tote. (This one is pretty bright and happy, and available too.)
For more tips on styling your striped tops, read this post.
4. Grab A Denim Jacket
If you’ll be outside in the evening, or inside in an air-conditioned house, you may want a denim jacket. (Being chilly always makes me want to eat more mac ‘n’ cheese, so I like to be prepared!)
Mine is an old style from Anthropologie, but here are some current options:
Pilcro’s Chambray Bomber Jacket which is a little different from the basic denim jacket.
Santuary’s Skyward Salton Trucker Jacket so you can mix and match your stripes.
Levi’s Ex-Boyfriend denim Trucker Jacket which has a classic look and fit.
5. Take A Big, Bright Tote Or Basket
Since we’re not hosting, I have two of my biggest totes on hand so that I can take sides and desserts.
If you prefer something wide open, Quatrefoil’s Picnic Caddy tote is simple and under $40.
If you tend to forget your bag, treat yourself to a monogrammed canvas tote!
Memorial Day Outfit Formula
- Comfortable slip-on shoes
- Dark pants or shorts
- Striped t-shirt
- Denim jacket
- Large tote or picnic basket
Have a wonderful weekend!
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