Labor Day is usually spent with family, friends, and pets without the distraction of work. It’s the last time to enjoy the summer sunshine and warm weather before the short days and cold nights of autumn begin. With Labor Day upon up, I’ve put together a collection of outfits that you could wear to help you celebrate the holiday weekend.
Outfit #1: An Open Invitation
Wrap or Tie Tops + Shorts + Wide-Brim Hat + Flats
If there’s one clothing design that has taken the world by storm this summer, it is wrap or tie tops and dresses. These designs are versatile and provide the perfect detail to spice up a simple top or dress. A breezy tie top can work brilliantly with a pair of high waisted shorts. Combined, they’re a relaxed and laid back outfit that allows you to go about your day comfortably. Wide-brim hats are also a staple for summer because they’re both stylish and practical. This elegant sunhat keeps the sun out of your face and invites those passing by to wonder who the lady under the hat is. When you’re spending the day with family and friends, the last thing you want is for your feet to be aching! Opt for a pair of flats for your shoes. They are easy to slip on (and off), and provide endless comfort.
Outfit #2: Dining Dates
Matching Set + Woven, Straw, or Basket Bag + Espadrilles
If you’re hunting for the right outfit for a lunch or dinner date, this one’s for you! Matching sets are the perfect way to keep with the simple, laid back look. Sets can be versatile depending on your style and preferences. You can wear a top with a skirt, shorts, trousers, or culottes. The possibilities are endless and make for great day-to-night attire. Espadrilles are both chic and comfortable, can be worn either casual or dressy, and come in many different heights or as flats. A woven, straw, or basket bag will complete your outfit and hold all your necessities. These bags come in a variety of shapes and sizes, can be carried multiple ways, and often come with fun accessories such as pom-poms.
Outfit #3: Rooftop and Lounge
Breezy Blouse + High-Waisted, Flare Jeans + Mules
Jeans and a blouse are a staple outfit any time of the year, but to switch it up a bit, how about opting for a pair of high-waisted, flare jeans? Skinny jeans have been the style of denim I prefer. I have more petite legs and find they look best on me. Recently I rediscovered high-waisted, flare jeans and have been obsessing over them for the past few months. There is something cool and chic about their simple and relaxed fit which makes them so different from the classic skinny style. Paired with a flowy and whimsical blouse, high-waisted flare jeans provide the perfect balance of casual and stylish. For a finishing touch, add a pair of mules to give your outfit a hint of the classic Parisian style. The timeless quality of mules and the little boost in height will give you both an added sense of femininity and power. People will also see you have a good eye for style. (Did you know Marie Antoinette wore mules?) This is the optimal outfit for a rooftop gathering or a relaxed day at home with friends.
Outfit #4: Food, Friends, and Family Frenzy
Dress + Trainers
If your weekend plans include picnics and barbecues I’ve got you covered. Dresses are a great choice because they are light and breathable, and just like all other items of apparel, there is something for everyone. I would recommend a loose and flowy dress of your favorite style and pattern. Midi or maxi length dresses will allow you to be more relaxed when sitting on a picnic blanket. Shorter dresses can be a great choice for other occasions. They are cute and fun and let you enjoy the warm sunlight on your legs. Trainers are the perfect choice for shoes. They are very versatile and prioritize comfort, while still looking stylish. More importantly, you won’t have to worry about ruining your shoes if you step in wet grass. They can also provide a casual accent to a dress that’s on the verge of being too dressy.
Outfit #5: Costal Craze
Flowy Skirt + Bathing Suit of Choice + Denim Jacket + Sandals
For a day by the pool, lake, or beach, opt for a flowy skirt over your swimsuit. The skirt will allow you to move around with ease while still looking put-together. Skirts are also easy to take on and off as you head out to grab lunch at one of the piers along the boardwalk. Wearing a swimsuit underneath is also practical as it doesn’t require you to change when you head back to the beach. Because the late afternoon air can start to feel cooler come September, having a denim jacket on hand is a great way to extend your extend on the beach into the early evening. It adds a bit of warmth and covers your swimsuit up a bit if you are going out for an early dinner. Sandals are a simple and classic choice to go with, and just like every other part of this outfit, they are easy to slip on and off, and are also comfortable if you want to take a stroll.