National Picnic Week: What to Wear for a Perfect Picnic

It's here folks. Arguably one of the best weeks of the year, National Picnic Week has dawned on us. And this summer heatwave couldn't have come at a better time.


Dust off those picnic baskets, wash your picnic blanket and get out those fold-up chairs from the back of the garage because it's time to head to the park and fill your boots with all the best picnic food one can buy!

And why not dress for the occasion too? A floaty dress, a quirky pair of shorts, co-ord sets for the kids - we have just what you need for family fun in the sun.



For starters, the setup. Head to Pinterest for all the inspiration if you're after making it a very picture-perfect affair. There's lots of ideas as to what food to make or bring, how to style up your picnic blanket, and tips and tricks to make it a wonderful day.


For the girls

Head to the park in casual pieces that still have that feminine flair. Practical and simple yet stylish, you'll look the part without drawing too much attention.



Our best bet is a jersey dress. Our selection of flattering feminine prints mean there's something for every kind of woman and being made from jersey, they're both comfortable and durable for being out and about in.  

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Giving feminine a spirited uplift, our Threadbare satin dresses in gorgeous Turkey-inspired prints are the perfect button down midi dresses for your spring summer wardrobe. They'll double up as pretty picnic dresses - picture perfect!

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Style them with a rattan cross-body bag, a basic denim jacket and you're favourite pair of trainers.


What to pack in your picnic basket

All you need is easy-to-make food or pick-up-from-the-supermarket- friendly snacks for your picnic. Bringing basket-style bags, some pretty paper plates and napkins, and a gorgeous gingham picnic blanket makes for a perfect setup.



Imagine tucking into this delectable High-Tea & Mighty picnic hamper below from The Luxury Picnic Company while floating about the park in your Threadbare 'fit. Gorgeous. Pick up your hamper here: High-Tea & Mighty - The Luxury Picnic Company.


For your little one

For your girl, pick up a cute co-ord outfit or one of our matching sets so that they're prepared for a play about in the park, but can also keep warm with a cute hoodie.

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What to pack in your picnic basket

How cute are these fruit pops, perfect to keep them sweet while you tuck into your sandwiches!

For the boys

For the boys in your life, kit them out with casual essentials that are just perfect for those spontaneous picnic days. Most men are in a grab-and-go mindset when it comes to dressing to leave the house, and no doubt your boy won't be able to sit still, so opt for easy dressing co-ords and matching sets.
Picnics call for a great and durable pair of shorts that are easy to lounge about in but also suitable for playing catch with the kids and/or your dog. If they fancy something smarter, especially if it's more of a date, then a shirt in a floral yet contemporary print is a nice injection of style without being too over the top.



What to pack in your picnic basket

Perhaps your picnic in the park is your ideal day date with your hubby. We've spotted just the grub for you to pack away and surprise him. Treat him to this 'Pub in a Box' platter from Pique. Pick one up here: The Ultimate Ploughman's Picnic | PIQUE (



For your little one

Kit your boy out with essential picnic-practical pieces so they can run around and have fun, but also sit comfortably. Co-ord sets in comfortable cotton are perfect and they can show off their personality by adding a cap or a pair of retro sunnies. For a smarter affair, treat them to a new shirt and pair it with chino shorts. This outfit will double up as a great wedding guest outfit throughout the summer months and beyond.

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What to pack in your picnic basket

BBC GoodFood have great kids' picnic recipes that you should definitely take a look at. We love these tried-and-tested mini milkshakes that can be easily stored in cute mini milk bottles you can pick up from any discount retailer. Check out the recipe here: Mini milkshakes recipe | BBC Good Food.

 Mini milkshakes


An alternative picnic for the brave souls

Not afraid of a chilly breeze or spot of rain? We've got just the thing. Pack a lightweight mac for the kids (just in case!) and something a little warmer like a hoodie and a sweatshirt. It is a UK picnic after all...

Perhaps you're heading to the beach this picnic week and the tempting weather means the kids have begged to bring their cozzies, then you better get packing! Threadboys and Threadgirls have some gorgeous new swimwear for girls and boys.




And don't forget your pup...

We've got some irresistibly cute dog jackets coming your way very soon. In fun prints, totally pretty colours and all easy to fasten under the belly, these pup coats are perfect for your favourite companion to join you in style at your picnic.


See below some of our favorite food spreads we spotted on Pinterest. From graze boxes to homemade sandwiches, the choice with picnic food is completely yours. Pastries, waffles, bread and nutella are perfect options, as are fruit and olives, cheeses and biscuits. The possibilities are endless.



No matter what you get up to this Picnic Week, enjoy the British heatwave weather and we hope it continues so you can make the most of your summer wardrobe and find new, understated styles to make you feel and look your best.


Written by Anna J Mather