What to Wear to a Fall Picnic

Having a proper, outdoor picnic is definitely a must on our Fall to-do list. It is right up there alongside apple picking, football games, and carving pumpkins with our family. The gorgeous changing colors and crisp Fall air are the ideal combination for us, and I can't possibly think of anything more romantic than cuddling up with blankets and fuzzy pillows over cheese and crackers (and, yes, maybe a cocktail or two). 

We all know by now that I love a good, over-sized sweater (as shown here, here, and here). Seriously, can you blame me? Since they have already become a staple in my wardrobe this season, it should be no surprise that I'm styling this Getting Warmer Toast Sweater from Tobi in this picnic look from last month.

Comfort is key when you are hosting or attending a Fall picnic. You are going to spend the majority of the time sitting down on a blanket, so make sure that you wear something loose and relaxed. I'm gonna go ahead and state the obvious here, and say that this probably isn't the time to break out your short, bodycon dress or brand new pointed toe pumps. Usually I stick to a cozy sweater, jean shorts or pants (depending on the weather), and a pair of comfy booties that I don't mind getting a bit dirty.

Other style ideas: corduroy pants and a soft tee, over-sized sweater dress, or a denim jacket and patterned maxi dress

Layers are also a nice thing to have when dressing for an outdoor picnic - especially in the Fall when it can go from 50 degrees in the morning to 85 in the afternoon. Since Sam gets overheated easily, he decided to wear a white tee under a cotton button-down with comfortable khaki pants and his new suede sneakers. Men - peep his sneakers, they are our newest favorite. We picked them up in Toronto, Canada during our trip this past June. I love the deep green color for Fall. 

Keep reading for our top 5 Fall picnic tips and to shop our full looks... 


Our Top 5 Fall Picnic Tips:

  1. Find a location that is secluded and peaceful. There is nothing worse than setting up a romantic picnic in a place where cars are honking, people are yelling, and chaos is surrounding you. Since we live in the city, we like to venture outside of it for activities like this. We usually will drive about 45 minutes into the quiet countryside. On this day, we drove until we found a cute, little spot on the side of the road to set up. 
  2. Plan for success. I love a spontaneous trip as much as the next gal, but to be honest, I am a true planner at heart. Choose a day where you both have nothing else scheduled, and when the weather is ideal (our favorite is 60 degrees and sunny). Maybe make a music playlist or download a few podcasts that you've been wanting to listen to. There's nothing wrong with going above and beyond for a daytime date or a ladies' weekend activity. 
  3. Make a grocery list. We like to go grocery shopping the day before so we're not running around the morning of. Our grocery list includes fresh bread, crackers, cheese, prosciutto, grapes, kombucha, and apples. Pack your cooler on the morning of so that everything is fresh and stays cool on the drive over. 
  4. Don't forget the essentials. Things like blankets, pillows, a cutting board, cocktail glasses, and knives are among our picnic essentials. You definitely want to be comfortable and have everything that you need to enjoy a nice meal. 
  5. Enjoy! You planned this gorgeous day to relax outside in the crisp, Fall air. Enjoy the moment and don't rush your lunch. We like to make cocktails (non-alcoholic depending on the area/time of day), snack on cheese and crackers and fruit, and kick back on the pillows and listen to our favorite music playlist. *The "Mocktail" in these photos is Wild Kombucha Apple Spice with cinnamon sticks for added flavor. 

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