Sunny days

Patterned fabrics are a strategy if you’re a target for mustard and ketchup splatters.

The Spec Discusses Summer Fashion with Real Style MagazineSummer brings a busy schedule of outdoor parties, office picnics and family barbecues.

Take part in the potato sack race, run around with the kids and chat up other guests in comfortable, suitable clothes.

With burgers on the barbecue and beers in hand, your outfit can be relaxed but save the cut-offs and tank top for mowing the lawn. T-shirt and shorts in cotton, linen or fabric blends will look good in the summer heat.

An outfit for a summer work event should reflect the office dress rules somewhat, with skirts and shorts hitting around the knee and minimal skin exposed.

Patterned fabrics are a strategy if you’re a target for mustard and ketchup splatters. Elen Steinberg of realstylenetwork.com suggests a micro floral print top or dress.

“I’m a girl that loves my sky high heels,” says Christie Ressel of personalpowerimage.com and fashiontranslated.com. “But remember that you’ll be walking on grass. Wear appropriate footwear.”

Flip-flops, sandals and ballet flats are all a safe bet, but Steinberg also recommends espadrilles or Greek-style sandals.

Accessorize with something simple and save the pearls for the boardroom.

Photos by Cathie Coward, The Hamilton Spectator / Clothing and accessories from Pippa & Prue, 944 King St. W. / Model from Vogue Models & Talent (Burlington Toronto), 433 Brant St., Burlington / Hair and makeup by Lee-Anne Wilson, wilson-artist.com