Thrill of the Grill: What to Wear to a BBQ Party

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Next week is Memorial Day and the unofficial start of summer! One of the best parts about warmer weather is being able to finally spend time outside, and attending (or hosting) a barbecue is a great way to catch up with friends and family and celebrate the season. Not to mention, it’s the perfect opportunity to break out those summer clothes that have been hibernating since last August. Not sure what to wear? Read on for our guide for the ultimate backyard BBQ look.

Boho Lounger

Whether you’re hosting the party or just came for a good time, easy bohemian-inspired pieces are perfect for relaxing outdoors. Navigate the crowd with cool summer elegance in a flowy dress and wide-brimmed hat. Comfy footbed sandals are a good choice if you’re on your feet all night and are totally on-trend.

Backyard Sports

From Cornhole to touch football, you’re looking to take home the annual BBQ trophy. Your outfit shouldn’t hold you back, so take a cue from the athleisure trend and grab your favorite t-shirt and everyday sneakers. Throw on a baseball hat and some comfy shorts  and you’re ready to go.

Pretty and Preppy

You want that polished yet fun vibe, so look no further than canvas sneakers. This pair from Sperry perfectly captures the preppy spirit. A classic button-down in a pastel hue adds sophistication, and a cotton skirt with pockets is clean and cute.

Grill Master

You may be in charge of the cooking, but underneath that apron, your outfit is fresh for summer. Muted colors and stripes feel relaxed and right now, while canvas sneakers let you run around without sacrificing style.

Active Classic

Your team is the reigning champ at whiffle ball, but you don’t want to sweat too much before dinner. A classic look that gives you movement and style is key. Look cool with sneakers from Lacoste, and add a touch of polish with a leather watch.

Crowd Pleaser

You dress to impress. Schmoozing friends and family, you already know everyone’s drink order. Boat shoes are your summer staple, and an off-white pair is perfect for transitioning from sand to soiree. A zip-up sweatshirt is great to throw on over a button down once it gets cooler at night.

 

Whether you’re backyard BBQ hopping or just looking to freshen up your summer wardrobe, kick off summer in style!

3 Sandals Every Guy Needs

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Summer is right around the corner and we can’t help but get excited for the longer days, warmer nights, and sunny adventures that make every weekend feel like a mini vacation. And since nothing says, “it’s time to relax” quite like slipping on a pair of sandals, we’ve rounded up the three pairs every guy needs this season. Whether he’s out grabbing the morning paper, off on an afternoon adventure in the great outdoors, or sipping cocktails as the sun goes down, these great styles will make him forget the office even exists.

Easy Like Sunday Morning

A casual slide is the most comfortable (yet appropriate!) alternative to staying in his slippers all day. Our pick: The Superstar 4G from Adidas – it’s a modern update to a classic favorite.

 

Dog Days

We know, when it’s summertime, the thought of wearing actual shoes isn’t one you want to entertain, but you still want to look like you put in a little effort. Up your flip flop game with the perfect pair of sandals that can go from an afternoon with friends at the beach to a casual dinner out in linen pants – just be sure to brush off the sand. Our pick: the classic Ohana Flip Flop.

Gone Fishing

An adventure shoe for getting out and about is a must-have for the summer. You need something that can support your every move – whether that’s on a shaded mountain pathway or trekking around the city streets. Our pick: The Keen UNEEK – designed to keep feet cool and dry. Plus, its signature two cord, one sole construction allows for a totally custom fit and provides the right balance of flexibility and support.

Be sure to check out our huge collection of designer, active, comfort sandals and more to find the summer shoes that fit your style.

Spotlight: Fashion Sneakers

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The athleisure trend has been catching steam in recent years, and this spring it’s stronger than ever. One of the biggest (and easiest) parts of this trend to adopt is sneakers. However, there are so many types of fashion sneakers that it can get overwhelming. We’ve narrowed it down for you and picked some of our favorite styles.

 

Slip-ons are a great starting point for fashion sneakers, especially if you don’t usually wear running shoes outside of the gym. They don’t have the typical athletic feel: no laces, smooth soles etc., but they have better traction than your standard work flats. These pair well with pants and dresses alike, and add a structured element to any outfit.

 

Classic canvas sneakers are a staple in everyone’s wardrobe. In fact, you probably had some growing up. Brands like Vans and Superga are typically the first that come to mind when we think of canvas shoes. Their instantly recognizable styles are the perfect where-with-everything shoe that work for spring and summer. Go for something bolder like this striped Merrell canvas/leather sneaker. You’ll get the same comfort and ease, but with a luxe twist.

 

Fashion bloggers everywhere turn to retro sneaker styles to wear with everything. From jeans to skirts to dress pants and more. Try a crisp white pair for a minimalist look, or take a modern approach to the retro trend with pink and grey. These New Balance WL555s come in a variety of colors that will look cool with an open coat now, and with shorts and a t-shirt later.

 

For the inner sk8r girl in all of us. High-tops give off a slightly edgier vibe, but can still be clean-cut. They are also great for the chillier weather, because they cover just a few more inches of the ankle. For an unexpected look, wear these with more feminine pieces, like a skirt and sweater.

 

 

Come spring, when everything is fresh and new again, clean preppy sneakers just feel right. A bright white pair fits the bill, with minimal details and a simple shape. Look for leather, suede, or even canvas to achieve this look. Neutral or muted colors make this trend polished, and bring sophistication to your wardrobe.

 

White soles are appearing everywhere this year. Dress shoes, sandals, and sneakers have all adopted this striking stripe. Even with more relaxed sneakers, the white sole adds a sportier feel and is perfect for the athleisure trend. The white sole also brightens up the shoe, making an otherwise dark colored shoe feel more appropriate for spring.

 

Every sneaker addict knows that high-tops are essential. With street style becoming ever more popular, every shoe brand now has their own version of this casual option. Try a pair with luxe leather detailing to elevate your go-to jeans and tee ensemble.  This pair of converse is lined with shearling, so it’s perfect for the chilly transitional weather between winter and spring.

 

Throwback sneakers are a huge part of the sneaker trend. Whether you choose a style that actually originated years ago, or a modern shoe that was inspired by the older version,  with today’s clothes they feel fresh. Suede details and muted colors feel very 70’s, while white with primary colors feel 80’s. Pick your decade, and have fun with it!

Whatever your style, we have the stylish sneakers to up your outfit game. This spring, fashion is comfortable.