How To Dress For All The Outdoor Socialising You’re Doing (Even In The Most Temperamental Weather)

Sunny one minute, freezing the next? Consider this your ultimate guide to what to wear...

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by Natalie Hammond & Charlotte Pavitt |

If you've managed the impossible and have secured a booking, the reopening of pubs and restaurants (or their outdoor areas, at least) has been the most joyful stop on our journey to freedom. There’s just one problem – and that’s the weather. Sunny one minute, bone-chillingly cold the next, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to know what to wear, especially when the desire to look somewhat fashion-adjacent is kindling inside you for the first time this year.

To help, we’ve put together a guide for how to dress up while staying warm/dry for every social occasion you might have in your calendar over the next month.

And don’t forget the golden rule: always check your weather app before leaving home.

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Back Garden BBQs

A padded gilet adds a stealthy layer of extra warmth, while waterproof clogs will keep your feet dry if the heavens open.

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Back Garden BBQ's

COS, Oversized Linen Shirt, £59
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COS, Relaxed Fit Shorts, £45
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Lindex, Long quilted vest, £39.99
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Toast, Jute Water Bottle Carrier, £20
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Hunter, Insulated Sherpa Shoe: Thicket Brown, £85
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Al-Fresco Dinners

Dinner cooked somewhere other than your kitchen and by someone other than yourself? That deserves a cut-out dress and shoulder- grazing earrings, with a side order of rubber boots.

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Al-Fresco Dinners

Zara, Linen Blend Dress With Cut Out Detail, £49.99
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Kassl Editions, Press-stud belted cotton-blend raincoat, £700
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Monki, Faux leather ankle boots, £45
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Vanda Jacintho, United Earrings, £276
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Blunt Umbrellas, Metro Navy, £59.99
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Pavement Brunches

A spring-ready knit dress will serve you well while there’s still a nip in the air. Dress it up – it’s brunch, why not? – with an elegantly-oversized mac and chunky frames.

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Pavement Brunches

Lee Mathews, Striped ribbed-knit maxi dress, £425
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H&M, Oversized Trench, £69.99
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Dune London, Snaffle Trim Loafers, £75
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Nanushka,Oversized square-frame sunglasses, £295
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Fern Fans, Blue Striped Fan, £80
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Pub Hangouts

You could go down the dress route to celebrate the return to your local, but what about the less obvious combination of wide-leg trousers, a striped shacket and ballet pumps? It’ll be much easier to manoeuvre in and out of (inevitably busy) picnic tables.

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Pub Hangouts

Ulla Johnson, Zita crochet-knit cotton tank, £365
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Arkitaip, The Wabi Pleated Linen Trousers, WAS £165 NOW £148.50
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Loewe, Stripe workwear jacket in linen, £1,600
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Russell & Bromley, Angelina Ballet Pump, £145
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