Whilst an invitation for a picnic might be alluring, and even slightly tantalizing after several months at home, the unequivocal concern sweeping the nation isn’t one of public health or safety, rather one of what constitutes as ‘picnic core.’
Those who have ever attended a barbeque fueled birthday party, or even beach-side bash will be familiar with the pitfalls of picnics. Experts amongst us will be equipped with the essential knowledge needed to survive a day on the green – avoid grass stained skirts, keep linen (should you choose to wear) superbly ironed and never skimp on the SPF. Ever.
If cottage core was characterised by romantic academia and golden hour, then picnic core is equal parts baddie and boujee. With the weather heating up and restrictions easing, bottles of Moët are being popped and picnic baskets packed for our inevitable hot, vaxxed summer.
Picnics pose an interesting dilemma. As our only source of social interaction, one could be drawn to the most ostentatious outfit that’d be typically worn on a night out. Whilst undoubtedly very cute, these are best left for a more appropriate occasion.
A picnic requires lounging about and indulging in champagne, charcuterie and crudités, so it makes sense for the cardinal rules of picnic core to be first and foremost rooted in comfort. Although some materials are to be avoided altogether – think tight, constricting denim and immovable leather – the best picnic core looks are those that consider the entire outfit top to toe.
Sun protection is essential, so opt for a trendy wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses. We’re currently loving 70’s inspired shades, with coloured lenses and an oversized aviator frame, however a simple square frame or cat eye doesn’t go astray.
Footwear must also be sensible and practical. A mule or slight stiletto may be appealing after many shoeless months at home, considering the environment of your picnic location as often turf and heels are a lethal combination for the longevity of a shoe.
Resort and beach wear are perfect choices for those unsure where to start. Recent collections from Australian favourites Aje and Venroy highlight the elegant simplicity of relaxed dressing, rooted in nostalgia and longing for a holiday. These collections are designed with a destination in mind, and we’re setting sail for a picturesque, picnic core Australian summer ahead.
Continue scrolling below for ELLE’s approved edit of picnic core essentials, according to our fashion editors.
Keely Shirt Floral Jacquard, $269 at Hansen & Gretel
Loewe Balloon Drawstring-fastening Bucket Bag, $4,694 at Farfetch
Terry Estate Cotton Shorts, $273.12 at NET-A-PORTER
Cut Out Maxi, $240 at Venroy
Wilderness Smock Dress, $395 at Aje
Jimbob- Paua Shell, $140 at Poppy Lissiman
Painted Voyage Silk Camp Collar, $620 at Commas
Seersucker Check Strap Midi Dress, $425 at Ganni
Jacquemus Sauge Woven Wide-leg Pants, $522 at NET-A-PORTER
Pyjama Long Set, $245 at Holiday The LabelInternet Explorer Channel Network