We are finally allowed to head back out there and be sociable in person! However, our wardrobes have become filled with loungewear, comfy pyjamas and dressing gowns over the course of lockdown, which we perhaps don’t want to be wearing out to the pub.
Clothing websites and social media sites are filled with ideas for what to wear out and about now that we’re allowed to. But with so many places to look at and shops to actually go and visit, it’s hard to find what you’re looking for. So, here’s a compilation of outfit inspiration to add to your own beer garden lookbook.
A staple to have in your wardrobe at any time, but nowadays they could become very useful. Denim jackets are really summery and can be the casual addition to a smart-casual outfit. Plus, you can buy denim jackets with a fleecy lining, which are perfect for sitting out late into the evening in a pub garden when the temperature drops. Stylish and sensible – the definition of what a British summer wardrobe should be.
Yes, they are difficult to keep clean, especially with pub grub and pints involved, but white trainers are worth it. They are a staple that can be added to any outfit. Whether it’s jeans and a nice top, a summery dress or even joggers, white trainers are an essential for everyone’s shoe collection. They are also really comfortable, meaning the stumble home from the pub is a bit easier than if you were in heels. Can’t say it will be easy to walk in heels after a year of lockdown, so the white trainer trend is perfect for stepping out for the first time.
For spring, the midi dress is a great option and right now there is so much choice online and on the high street. They cover enough of your legs to keep you warm in the chilly spring evenings, but aren’t too long to feel really formal. They also come in a lot of different shapes and styles, meaning there is a midi dress to suit everyone. Floaty or fitted, short-sleeved or long-sleeved, the choice is endless.
Jeans are undoubtedly an essential that everyone owns and they are a great option for your pub outfit. Combine with a simple shirt, a nice top or go all out with a bodysuit. Blue jeans keep the outfit casual, regardless of the situation on top. If you’re feeling brave, go for double denim by pairing the jeans with a denim jacket. But, however you wear them, blue jeans are a classic, which can adapt to any modern situation, including our trips to the pub.
A warming and stylish addition to any wardrobe, a cropped cardigan can be styled in a variety of ways. You can wear the cardigan as a top in itself, over another top paired with jeans or as a layer over a dress. There are many options available of cropped cardigans, including in block colours or prints and in a variety of knits, so you can definitely find something to suit your taste. Plus, cardigans will always come in useful in the winter too, so this is an investment piece, not just seasonal.
This lookbook should give some inspiration for those staples we all could wear for our return to the pub. Combining items together on this lookbook would create a whole outfit fit for the beer garden (perhaps don’t wear the dress and jeans together, but the rest, go for it!).
At the end of the day though, these are suggestions of what you could wear. What is most important is feeling as comfortable as possible as we start socialising again. We need to enjoy ourselves and not be worrying about our clothes or not feeling ourselves in what we wear. Clothes should add to the fun, not get in the way of it.
Image courtesy of Liam McKay.