July 3, 2012

Reader Request: Casual BBQ Attire

Reader Nadia wrote in, asking on how to style a modest look for a casual BBQ wedding reception.

"I'm going to a wedding tomorrow night followed by a reception at the same hotel.  What the heck am I supposed to wear to the "casual" BBQ?  I can't wear dresses and cardigans because the neck lines are always cut too low for my boobs.  I think jeans might be too casual."

We offered up a few suggestions of how to mix lightknit wear with modest styling for that casual BBQ result.

Hi-low tops are trending all over the stores lately.  Pair a printed or lace high-low tunic top with cropped ankle pants or wide-leg linen pants for some outdoor style, adding bright colors for the summer appeal.

Feel free to color block or go monochromatic with the same style.

Stores are carrying a lot of florals and lace, a signature summer look.  Mix a lace tunic with a crop top (the hem should be a tee shirt hem) to create the look for a lace-hemmed top.

Muslim women are also winning big with maxi skirts and maxi dresses, the maxi-er, the better.  Pairing the billowy bottom with a conservatively cut top balances the a silhouette from becoming too "drapey".

Pick a color from a printed dress and pull it out with a cropped top.  The shortened waistline allows a high-waisted skirt to breathe.

If you have a printed top, balance the large print with a solid color or dipped hem maxi skirt.

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Maxi dresses:

Lace and crochet tunics:

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