Wednesday, July 2, 2014

How I Wear My: Summertime Picnic Look

Adrienne of The Rich Life (on a budget).

Happy Summer to you! We hope you are enjoying the season of trips to the beach and barbecue cookouts with friends, the days of outdoor concerts, dips in the pool, long bike rides, and lazy afternoons filled with good books, a tall glass of lemonade, and maybe even a nap! Since eating outside is probably one of the most popular activities during these sun-filled months, we decided to devote July’s “How I Wear My” to the Summertime Picnic Look.

What I love about this theme is that it’s open to interpretation depending on what kind of picnic you are planning and all these wonderful summer clothes remind me how glad I am that the harsh winter we experienced in NYC is most definitely over. Enjoy this quintessential summertime post!

Adrienne of The Rich Life (on a budget), above, my lovely “How I Wear My” partner, recently got to picnic at a winery, lucky lady! She is wearing a teal strapless maxi dress she bought in Kauai a couple of years ago with a J. Crew Jackie cardigan, Haviana flip flops, and a Panama hat. I love the easy summer glamour of this look and raise a toast to her!

Sheree of It’s Not That Deep.

This is now my new favorite picture of Sheree of It’s Not That Deep. It looks like an image straight out of Vogue and doesn’t she seem like a Greek goddess amongst us with her flowing orange dress, sandals, hair piled high atop her head, and those legs, my God, those incredibly tanned and toned legs! The dress is actually a cover-up from H&M, can you believe it? She makes it look amazing!

Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun.

Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun said, “The casual look would be good for a July 4th BBQ/picnic. I’m wearing a navy blue gingham shirt, with a red tee, skinnies, navy sneakers, a red handbag ... and a BIG picnic basket!”

Oh do I love this look so much. It is vintage and modern all at once and that is a gorgeous (and huge!) basket. I want to picnic with Dawn Lucy!

Nora of Jacket Society.

I really think Nora of Jacket Society could teach those young things at Coachella, the annual music and arts festival in Indio, California, a thing or two with this knockout ensemble of Zara white moto vest, khaki Rag & Bone jeans, Gucci belt (love!), amazing (and unusual) gladiator sandals, bronze bag, and all that great jewelry. This is picnic chic with a rocker edge and I love it. Take notes, all you twenty-year-olds!

Veshoevius of The Taxonomy of My Wardrobe.

Veshoevius of The Taxonomy of My Wardrobe said, “The only time I’ve been picnicking this summer is on the beach whilst on holiday in Spain. We usually like to take a packed lunch of sandwiches filled with Spanish ham and tomatoes along with fresh fruit for desert. We eat on the beach in between cooling off in the sea. No matter how simple the food or low-key the location I always think a picnic is quite a romantic thing to do and warrants a bit of dressing up for. So a corset top, a pastel floral print frilly skirt, and lace espadrilles was my choice on this day.”

I absolutely adore this romantic picnic look on Veshoevius. She looks so lovely!

Cynthia of My Rose Colored Shades.

Cynthia of My Rose Colored Shades wrote, “When it comes to picnic attire, I go for comfort, simplicity and mobility, with a sprinkling of style. The key words are easy breezy, and my go-to items are typically tee and shorts, slip-ons, and of course, shades and lots of sunscreen.”

I love the accessories Cynthia chose to pair with her striped T-shirt and shorts; I’m crazy for that statement necklace and clutch!

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo Style Files.

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo Style Files said, “This dress is by Knitted Dove. I love it because it is 100% soft comfortable breathable cotton, fully lined with nice big pockets. Everything should have pockets. Pockets are like well-concealed secrets full of surprises. It is very hot and humid here right now so this dress would be ideal for a picnic.”

I agree with Suzanne about pockets and about how ideal this dress is for a picnic, certainly a romantic one with wine and flowers included!

Alice of Happiness at Mid-Life.

Alice of Happiness at Mid-Life said these Loft pants “just scream picnic with the gingham pattern. I would wear this to a nice picnic in the park (with a gingham print blanket of course).”

I really like that Alice wore gingham with lace, I think it’s pattern mixing at its finest!

Lana of Two Teens and Their Mama.

Lana of Two Teens and Their Mama wrote, “I always need to bring a jacket to a picnic in Seattle – you just never know with our weather! Even though the dress is white, I’m sure I’d be sitting on a blanket. The Converse sneakers make the whole outfit comfortable and perfect for a summer barbecue or picnic in the park.”

I see a similar look around here in Brooklyn quite often so I know this is a classic picnic look that works from sea to shining sea!

Madeco of Au fil des jours.

Madeco of Au fil des jours wrote, “For a picnic, I choose a Zara dress, found during a sale two years ago. I wear it with sunglasses (of course!) and a homemade bag in ‘toile de Jouy.’ I use it at the office: it’s my ‘lunch’ bag. So why not for a picnic ?”

I love both the deep color and sheen of the orange in the dress. I also love the fabulous bag, especially that Madeco made it herself!

Linda of A Labour of Life.

Linda of A Labour of Life is wearing anchor shorts by J. Crew (love!), a sweater and tank by Banana Republic, and shoes by Old Navy. She says this outfit is good for “Beach Picnics with a nautical theme. Cape Cod ready.”

I really like Linda’s nautical-inspired picnic style. It makes me want to go on one of those booze cruises around the New York harbor that my husband and I used to take when we first moved to Manhattan. This look would be perfect on one of those trips!

Karen of Fashion Tip of the Day.

Karen, who has a Facebook page called Fashion Tip of the Day, wrote, “One should not wear expensive items to sit in the grass but that’s no excuse to not look your best. The dress is from Ross Dress for Less, the ROXY shoes are to walk through the grass and dirt and then slip off, there’s a big straw bag to hold everything, a straw hat, and a Metrostyle jean jacket in case I need something to sit on! Bring on the watermelon!”

This would also look so cute at an outdoor music concert. Karen is ready for watermelon and some music!

Malia of Style by Malia.

Malia of Style by Malia said, “The long maxi is my go-to for outside parties. I love the color of the skirt, which is Lane Bryant.”

Malia’s picture is reminding me that I don’t own a single maxi skirt right now, but I need to correct that situation pronto since her skirt looks so flowing, colorful, and comfortable!

Trina of Tea Time With Trina.

Trina of Tea Time With Trina said for a picnic one outfit she would choose would include (like Malia, above) “a maxi skirt (easy to sit in), a full sun hat, and possibly a scarf to wear if it gets chilly at night or to throw on the ground as a cover, which I do often. This time I just used my oversized bag to carry goodies in.”

With the 4th of July just two days away I love this bold use of red, white and blue on Trina. And are those little sailboats on her blouse? Love!

Terry of Terry’s Two Cents.

Terry of Terry’s Two Cents has been showing some terrific outfits for June, many of them perfect for a picnic, but this was a particular favorite of mine because of his gingham shirt, the hat, and especially the black loafers, which remind me of what a foxy Italian man would wear in Rome in summer too.

Deja of Une femme d’un certain âge.

Deja of Une femme d’un certain âge said, “While my ideal picnic would be on the banks of the Seine with a baguette, bottle of wine, and charcuterie and cheese, here in LA we like to head to the beach at sunset. Because you never know when the fog will roll in, a lightweight sweater or jacket is a must.”

I know exactly what Deja is talking about—any time I’m in San Diego and headed to the beach at the end of the day I bring a sweatshirt because once that sun goes down the temperature drops immediately! I love the California cool of this picnic look and wish I could join Deja at the beach.

This is what I would wear:

At Coney Island.

My fearless photographer Gwynne and I decided to drive out to world-famous Coney Island here in Brooklyn for pictures. It may be a tourist destination for visitors to New York City but Coney Island is also heavily used by locals and I can promise if you go you will be outnumbered by real New Yorkers, unlike Times Square, which is populated by people who don’t live in any of the five boroughs.

My picnic was quite simple and included two of my perennial summertime favorites—prosecco and strawberries. I toted my own champagne flute out to Coney Island to add an elegant touch. There is nothing like drinking prosecco and eating strawberries on the beach! I protected my strawberries in plastic before enjoying them. Not so pretty but necessary. Coney Island can be one dirty place, let me tell you.

Picnic essentials!

In my Old Navy white jeans, J. Crew linen shirt, and Banana Republic seersucker jacket I was easily the best-dressed and most covered-up person on the beach. The sunglasses are by L’Wren Scott, an eBay find and from the last collection she designed, and have quickly become my favorite pair. The flag pin is vintage Avon, from the 1970s, given to me by my paternal grandmother and one of my most beloved pieces of jewelry!

Kids always love the sprinklers on Coney Island.

With the Parachute Jump behind me.

A little history of the Parachute Jump, which is behind me in the above photograph: It was built for the New York World’s Fair in 1939 in Queens and was moved to Coney Island in 1941. It is not in use as a ride anymore but it is still considered a Brooklyn historic landmark.

I hope you have enjoyed at least one picnic so far this season!

Summer is definitely the time for white clothes and they are such an easy way to add a bit of glamour to hot weather dressing. So pick your favorite white garment or accessory, whether it’s a dress, jeans, sunglasses or even a pristine white bag, and join us in August for “How I Wear My: White.” We will accept photos until August 4, 2014. You can send them to us at

Do stop by Adrienne’s to see the other fabulous picnic looks.

And thank you to all the fine foxes who joined us this month!

All photos of me by G. Keresty.


Dawn Lucy said...

Jill, I LOVE your Coney Island pics! So perfect and summery. You are one classy picnicker, pretty lady! You can come to my picnic any day! Thanks for hosting another great round up. This was such a fun theme!
Dawn Lucy

Adrienne Shubin said...

What a great roundup this month! It's fun to see how everyone dresses for picnics. It's given me some ideas since I am a regular picnicker!
Love your photos...and your props! Wish I was there with you sipping prosecco and maybe eating a Coney Island hotdog ;)
Really looking forward to WHITE next month. That is going to be fantastic!

Jennifer Connolly said...

Great outfits on everyone. Your Coney Island outfit is so chic!!! I just love it. Enjoy your week. XoJennifer

GSL said...

the seersucker jacket and white trousers look fab!

Anonymous said...

Picnicking on Coney Island? You just made us all a tiny bit, no a whole lot, jealous. Looks wonderful and dreamy. Perfect picnic attire for this outing.

Alice Warren said...

This was such a fun theme! Thank you for hosting this fun feature.


Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

Wow are bringing some serious style to the picnic! Love it. Lots of panache.


Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Jill, that last picture of you on the beach is my favorite!! I love how you styled it and your outfit...all of it! Fun event this month...sorry I missed it..all my photographers were in Alaska! Poor planning on my part.

Anonymous said...

You look amazing in the last picture! Love the seersucker and white denim on you. I love that you had your picnic on the beach in Coney Island. And LaMarca is my favorite Prosecco, I'm thrilled they started selling individual baby bottles. Guess what I'll be bringing to the beach this summer?

Lana L. said...

Thank you so much for hosting this fun post this month! I loved everyone's look, and I agree that there are so many fun interpretations of the picnic theme. Love your look for Coney Island - how fun!

Lady of Style said...

Fabulous looks and ladies!
Can I join you on your blanket by the beach? You look super stylish, you should be modelling for a Tommy Hilfiger ad :-)

Annette | Lady of Style

Elsie Davies said...

Another great series Jill, gorgeous and fabulous looks.

une femme said...

Such an elegant picnic look!! That's how to do it up in style.

PinkCheetahVintage said...

Only u could look so perfect in a seersucker blazer at the beach!!!! I am a sucker for little boys in seersucker suits :) If I'd had boys I would of made them wear them.

Jill said...

Thank you ladies for such lovely comments. You have made my weekend!

And Helen, Valley of the Shoes, you know that brand of prosecco? Where are you, we need to enjoy a glass of that together!! I just discovered the mini bottle at my wine store and it was too cute to pass up. I, of course, have had it in the full-size version (ha) and it's one of my favorites. XO, Jill

Deborah Montgomery said...

great summer time looks! Your Coney Island look is perfect. Love the jacket.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jill!, I'd love to split a bottle of Prosecco with you! I live in the Philly area but I get up to NY every now and then. I could give you a heads up the next time I'm there. No twisting my arm to enjoy some bubbly. xx

My Rose Colored Shades said...

Thanks for hosting another great "How I Wear My" edition. I just love the fact that the looks range from casual to dressy. Love that seersucker jacket with the white jeans, such a classic summer look.

Reva Ford said...

I love this blog so much!!!!!!!