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What To Wear For Al-Fresco Dining

Restaurant terraces and pub gardens are now open – rejoice!

When the mid-April opening was announced we eagerly started planning our outfits, with the romantic vision of sitting on sun-drenched terraces, glowing in our floral dresses, prerequisite glass of rosé in hand. Sadly, the great British weather had other ideas, so here are the key fashion purchases you should have on your radar to wear for al fresco meet ups.


Unfortunately it's not yet time to relinquish outerwear just yet. As the focal point of an outfit, it's well worth investing in a statement jacket. Opt for a shorter style for spring, like this safari-esque number from & Other Stories. The khaki hue is a lighter alternative to black and navy, and the nipped-in waist and pocket details add points of interest. Pair with flared denim to accentuate the waistline.


We are so excited about emerging Amsterdam CAES landing on Net-A-Porter this month. The slow fashion label presents a covetable edit of wardrobe classics from luxe shirts to knits. I've got my eye on this dress, which fits the brief of the perfect MBD (midi black dress). Figure skimming, with cut-out details, this is understated elegance at its best. Layer under your trench now with knee high boots, and look forward to wearing it OUT OUT come June 21.


If God forbid you get a little too warm – thank you patio heaters – a statement cardigan is a fantastic layer that commands attention. Magda Butrym is reknowned for her impeccable partywear, but also makes rather lovely knits. This fuschia-hued cardigan adorned in a pretty rose motif is the springtime sartorial signifier we've been waiting for (even if temperatures are arctic). The oversized silhouette and balloon sleeves make it perfect for layering too.


There are ample micro trends for SS21, but the one I am welcoming with open arms is the return of the humble ballet flat. Championed by the likes of Kate Moss and Alexa Chung circa 2008, this modest shoe is perfect for our re-entry. In super-soft leather that fits like a glove, and with a clean almond-shaped toe, I want the Aeyde Kirsten flat in all shades. 


As aforementioned, it’s highly likely your jacket will be remaining firmly ON for the duration of your social meet ups, so add texture with clever styling tricks for an added lift. The ruffled collar and sleeves of this Loretta Caponi blouse will add a romantic, feminine edge to your look. Come the warmer months, you’ll want to show off the cinching waist details too.


You may think you have enough bags already, particularly as many have been out of action for the past 12 months, but the Loewe Mini Flamenco is undoubtedly the addition your collection is crying out for. In buttery leather, the slouchy silhouette is the shape of the season, and the pistachio-green hue adds a punctuation of colour. With a detachable strap it can be worn cross-body for ultimate versatility.


A leather trouser is a versatile wardrobe staple to be dressed up or down – they also add extra insulation which is very welcome for dining outdoors. This pair from JOSEPH in a buttery fabrication and sleek slim fit are flattering and a warmer alternative to black for spring. Pair with a mélange of butterscotch and cream hues to master head-to-toe tonal dressing.


The fashion throw is the unofficial hot accessory this spring. Whilst many restaurants are supplying blankets to make their terraces more welcoming, we will be bringing our own. This burnt orange and oatmeal VAARA throw will look as good nonchantly thrown around your shoulders, as in your home-office.


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