Post, 1 June 2020
Now that picnicking is allowed (socially-distanced, of course) we’re already planning our one-on-one time, recipes and, more importantly, our outfits. The government has given the go ahead for all clothing shops to open from 15 June, subject to responsible social distancing in-store. So, after months of online browsing, we thought there was no better time to scratch our three-month fashion itch and start mentally curating some dream picnic outfits, inspired by our favourite films.
Holly Golightly, Breakfast at Tiffany’s
For sunhat inspiration, look no further than Audrey Hepburn in her world-famous turn in 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, where the combination of a black Givenchy dress teamed with sunglasses and a wide-brimmed black hat is a quintessential fashion icon. Try this gorgeous black sunhat from Anthropologie for the full effect, and team with cats-eye shades from Jimmy Fairly.
Baby, Dirty Dancing
Has anyone ever worn a pair of high-waisted blue jeans better than Baby in Dirty Dancing? For a cooler evening picnic, take inspiration from her simple summer style and team a pair of vintage-look denim jeans from Trilogy with a simple white shirt for picnicking perfection. And, of course, all good picnics must be accessorised for maximum comfort. Anthropologie’s Garden Edit covers all bases. From plush, printed cushions to parasols and beautiful glassware, a few pieces from this summer-drenched collection will have you picnicking, chatting and sipping for hours.
Marge Sherwood, The Talented Mr Ripley
Oozing the ease and relaxed glamour of the Italian riviera, Gwyneth Paltrow’s effortlessly feminine summer looks are just at home at a British picnic as they are on a beach in Sicily. A feminine reimagining of 1950s riviera style, go for floral skirts and dresses, finished off with a light, linen shirt – left unbuttoned and tied at the waist. Maje’s Summer Nights collection has plenty to inspire.
Oliver, Call me by your name
Oversized shirts, tailored chino shorts and plimsolls form the backbone of Armie Hammer’s outfits in his role as Oliver, a research student holidaying in Italy with his professor, in Luca Guadagnino’s masterful coming-of-age tale, Call Me By Your Name. Replicate the best bits of his 80s-reminiscent wardrobe with Superga plimsolls, loose-fit linen or chambray shirts from Italian menswear experts Boggi Milano, and classic sunglasses from Moscot.
Steve McQueen, on and off-duty
If more formal looks are usually on the agenda, look to Hollywood icon Steve McQueen’s summer wardrobe for your picnic inspiration. From blazers to lightweight chinos, you can find something perfect at Balibaris (get inspired with their Summer lookbook). Or, alternatively, co-opt his more casual polo shirt and chinos look with a new tee from Sunspel at Duke of York Square.