What’s the only thing more fun than heading to a summer BBQ full of good friends, great food and lots of sunshine? Picking out a pretty outfit to wear! No summer ensemble is complete without a great pair of shoes to top it off, but with styles like sandals, sneakers, wedges and more, you’ll be the best-dressed person at every barbecue this season.
Wedges are a summer staple, and they’re a no-brainer when it comes to dressing up for a summer party or cookout. They’re leg-lengthening and comfortable all at once, and they’re the perfect mix of polished and relaxed. Throw on your favorite pair with some denim or patterned shorts for a casual look, or wear a pair with a romantic sundress for something dressier. Top off the look with a wrist full of bangles, a big hat and a killer pair of sunglasses.
If you’re hosting or attending a casual cookout with friends, a dressy summer sandal is the key to nailing an effortlessly chic look. Keep your outfit from becoming boring by opting for a sandal in a bright color, like sunshine yellow or neon pink, or pick a pair with fun embellishments, like a metallic T-strap or jeweled ankle strap. Matched with a maxi dress and statement earrings, your look will read elegant but relaxed.
This go-to style is anything but boring when you lean toward casual rather than athletic. Create a cute combo with a floral-patterned canvas sneaker and a solid white or blue sundress, or pair a solid shoe with a striped or polka-dot shirtdress. Nail a laid-back, sporty style by wearing your canvas sneakers with denim shorts, a baseball tee and aviator sunglasses.
Show off your summer pedicure in style with a pair of chic open-toe flats in a fun color, print or scalloped design. These classic shoes are dressy enough for evening barbecues by the pool, and the peep of skin subtly shows off your flirty side. Wear them with a fitted blouse and patterned shorts or your favorite summery shift dress.