A Summer Barbecue Outfit That's Cool, Unexpected, & Perfect For Family

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If the outdoor activities (or the abrasively inquisitive questions posed by your great aunt) cause you to break a sweat at every family reunion, you'll need a cool and casual summer barbecue outfit at the ready. Give your basic backyard ensemble an easy upgrade by incorporating a few key pieces that will make it look like you actually made an effort — even if you wish you were safely back at home.

Stay calm and collected in one of this season's beloved surf-inspired Hawaiian-print shirts, which can easily be switched out for the family tee you may or may not be forced to wear before the day is through. An unexpected riff on the denim cut-off, like these R13 wrap shorts, says you're stylish, but not above eating a hot dog on the grass. They're also suited to virtually any activity, so you'll feel fully prepared to take on whatever adventure the day may bring.

Do not make the mistake of forgetting sunglasses — particularly if you were out late the night before or have a tendency to roll your eyes uncontrollably when interacting with your siblings — and take the opportunity to give your ensemble a positive exclamation point by way of this oversized, two-tone version from Marni. When it comes to footwear, opt for a lace-up sandal with a cylindrical kitten heel that can seamlessly take you straight to sunset cocktails, where you'll undoubtedly need to unwind with friends after the day's festivities. No matter how you feel about family barbecues, here's everything you need for a look that says, "Yes, I'm having fun."

The Shirt

A billowy button-down in a banana leaf print gives nosy relatives something fun to talk about that has nothing to do with the state of your personal life. The loose fabric of this Farm Rio option will help you stay cool — and keep your cool.

The Shorts

Denim shorts are a must for any barbecue — and the asymmetry of this pair by R13 puts a literal twist on a classic style.

The Shoes

A small but sturdy kitten heel elevates the look and feel of your backyard get-up — and gives you the advantage of a little extra height over your cousins.

The Sunglasses

A bold pair of sunglasses can tie an entire outfit together in seconds. This color-blocked option by Marni brightens up your look in more ways than one.