The Mommy Stylist

10 ways to make a fashion statement at a summer picnic

10 ways to make a fashion statement at a summer picnic

zara PRINTED JUMPSUIT WITH FRILLS
A romper is an easy way to look put together without actually having to put anything together. ($29.99/Zara) Photo courtesy of Zara
TART Adrianna printed jersey maxi dress
Sit comfortably on the grass, a swing or at a picnic table in an on-trend maxi with a fun pattern that hides flaws. ($110/The Outnet) Photo courtesy of The Outnet
zara SHINY GLADIATOR SANDALS
Gladiators wore sandals like this for a reason: They're comfortable and functional. Plus this pair is super cute. ($19.99/Zara) Photo courtesy of Zara
banana republic Soft-Wash Gingham Shirt
What's more fitting for a picnic than a gingham shirt? Pair it with some cut-off denim shorts, and you just may be the best-dressed mom at the gathering. ($39.99/Banana Republic) Photo courtesy of Banana Republic
old navy Women's Denim Cut-Off Shorts
Cut-offs are one of summer's hottest trends, and a picnic is just the place to wear them. ($20/Old Navy) Photo courtesy of Old Navy
the gap Striped mix-pattern fedora
Show some style with a summery straw fedora that keeps the strong afternoon sun at bay. ($23.96/The Gap) Photo courtesy of The Gap
accents Checker Board Strappy Top
This versatile tank can easily go from picnic to business meeting to date night — just by switching from shorts to dress pants to a sexy mini skirt. ($33/Accents) Photo courtesy of Accents
asos River Island Dungaree Playsuit
Overalls are back, and they aren't just for kids. Pair yours with a black tank and some checkered Vans sneakers for a cool, grown-up look. ($50.91/Asos) Photo courtesy of Asos
nordstrom Vans 'Classic - Checker' Sneaker
A fresh take on a classic sneaker, these checkered Vans definitely up your cool factor. ($46.95/Nordstrom Photo courtesy of Nordstrom
modcloth, Airport Greeting Cardigan
A fashion-forward zip cardigan keeps you cozy when the sun sets and you head into air-conditioned indoors. ($54.99/Modcloth) Photo courtesy of Modcloth
zara PRINTED JUMPSUIT WITH FRILLS
TART Adrianna printed jersey maxi dress
zara SHINY GLADIATOR SANDALS
banana republic Soft-Wash Gingham Shirt
old navy Women's Denim Cut-Off Shorts
the gap Striped mix-pattern fedora
accents Checker Board Strappy Top
asos River Island Dungaree Playsuit
nordstrom Vans 'Classic - Checker' Sneaker
modcloth, Airport Greeting Cardigan

Looking good at a picnic isn't easy, especially for a mom. Functionality is key when you're moving around a lot (chasing after the kids, taking them to the playground or pool, setting up the food); sitting on various surfaces (lawn chairs, picnic tables, the ground); keeping your family from getting burnt to a crisp (sticky sunscreen, finding lost hats); and wiping melted Popsicle off faces and hands.

Plus you may be called upon to participate in a potato sack race or a water balloon contest. With all that to consider, attempting to be stylish seems futile. But that's just not the case.

First and foremost, wear a hat such as a fedora or bucket-style. You'll look cute, and you won't have to worry about the condition of your hair, even if you go swimming.

Next, find some on-trend clothes that are comfortable and appropriate for all the various scenarios — think maxi skirts or dresses, cut-offs, rompers and overalls. Lastly, throw a light sweater or jacket in your bag to ward off mosquitoes or combat the AC when you head indoors.