Sizzling Styles for a Backyard BBQ

Looking for ideas on what to wear to a backyard barbecue or cookout? Well, my Stylish Monday sisters and I have got you covered! The summer weather is sizzling, and so are the stylish outfits these ladies are sporting today. From Bermuda shorts (my favorite) to cute sundresses and a bit of tie-dye, you’re sure to find fashion inspiration just perfect for your next trip to the backyard grill!

I look forward to Stylish Monday each month, when influencers and bloggers from across the globe (yes, really!) join forces to showcase styles carefully curated around a specific theme. It’s so fun to see how each lady interprets the theme, and even more, fun to see and read all the great blogs that join in the link-up party. If you’re not inspired by the end of this post, you’re not paying attention! LOL. This month’s theme is built around the idea of a backyard barbecue, and I’m sure the casual styles each lady is showing off today will be just perfect for any of your summer soirees in your OWN backyard!


Styles for a Backyard BBQ

The hubs and I grill out all summer fact, we carry the summer grilling long into the fall, as he fancies himself quite the grillmaster! We’ve been on a health kick since January, so the grilling fits in beautifully with our healthier lifestyle. I do have a few summer recipes that come out at least once a summer though. I shared my recipe for our family’s favorite potato salad that features the flavors of rosemary and bacon HERE. We also enjoy a nice Caprese salad using our own garden-fresh tomatoes and basil. (that one is definitely the healthier choice!) 

Full confession here: I’m usually in my swimsuit when we’re just grilling out in our backyard, it’s simply too hot here in Louisiana to hang outside otherwise! So today I’m sharing a few ideas for what I’d wear if we actually hosted a barbecue party. I have been all about Old Navy and Target’s summer styles this year. From breezy dresses to embroidered tops and more, most of the pieces I found earlier in the season have been just the ticket for a trip to the backyard and beyond. 

This top is lightweight and easy to wear and features subtle stripes and super cute smocked detail. It kind of takes me back to the good old days of smock tops in the ’70s…just a bit elevated for today. The colors and style work beautifully with my favorite pair of Bermudas from Democracy. 


Here are a few more of the adorable things I found at Old Navy and Target (and more!) this summer that would work well for a backyard get-together or cocktails on the patio. I’ve linked some shopping options for you below as well.

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And now it’s time to pop in and see what each of the ladies is styling in their own backyards. I think you’ll see several outfits that will inspire you, and maybe even help you if you’ve got a fun summer get-together coming up. Please be kind and supportive and click through to their blogs…I know full well how hard they’ve worked on them! Women supporting women is a beautiful thing y’all. 

Nina – Sharing a Journey – “Hosting a summer BBQ is one of the joys of summer.  From choosing just the right recipes, tableware and what to wear.  Today I am sharing BBQ favorites including an airy hostess dress everyone looks great in.”

Suzanne – Ask Suzanne Bell – “Even in the summertime, California evenings can get chilly, which is why for every sundress I own, there must be a coordinating piece to layer on when the sun goes down. See more on how I style one of my favorite maxi dresses, for a day-to-night backyard BBQ ready look, on the blog.”

Emma – The Style Splash – “This cotton jumpsuit is super comfortable and looks quite basic ..until you see the back! The sequin parrot gives guests something to look at while I’m tending to the BBQ!”

Julie – Fashion Trends and Friends and Instagram FashionTandF –  “Serving up some white scalloped shorts and a gingham top with ruffled shoulders for some backyard BBQ fun!  Shorts over 50 (well I actually just turned 60)…why not?  Gingham is always a great choice in the summer and says backyard summer fun!  Wear what you love and feel confident in and you’ll always look amazing!”

Nicole – High Latitude Style – “Backyard BBQ in Alaska means potluck and all meat and fish you eat was killed by one of your friends. When you are not a hunter or into fishing you bring whatever grows in your yard. Dressing wise it means combat or hiking boots, jeans, and a tightly woven shirt to not become dinner for the mosquitoes when the BBQ  is in the evening. When the event is in the afternoon, a skirt like I wear in the photo is fine.”

Nancy –  Nancy’s Fashion Style – “I myself often wear a long dress for such an evening. Firstly, you have less chance of being stung by mosquitoes. And in the evening it usually cools down a bit and then a long dress is very nice. Preferably also a slightly wider dress or one that is a bit forgiven, because well, with a bbq I always eat too much! This pre-loved dress is really great. Very elastic but also quite thick, so ideal for a person who is always feeling cold like me.”

Amy – Amy’s Creative Pursuits – “This year the 4th of July fell on a Sunday, so I created this patriotic look to wear both to church and then a Backyard BBQ.”

Michele – On Instagram as Seechele_styles – Bbq style to me means a thrifted striped dress and plaid bag that is thrifted too.  Sneakers are a must too while at a bbq  

Lucy – Lucy  – “This month’s Stylish Mondays calls for BBQ attire- and this is exactly what I’d style up for enjoying a cook out amongst friends and family.  Summer and sunshine want me in bright yellow! Love me some bright happy colour under a large brim hat, cool drinks, great company, and delicious food- I’m ready!”

Gwen – Gwen Lives Well and Instagram – GwenLivesWell – “Nothing screams summer more than barbecuing with family and friends. ‘Tis the season for hot dogs, hamburgers, and yummy side dishes. So much fun! And you know what’s even more fun? Deciding on what to wear to a barbecue – yes, it’s a thing. Just ask my fashionable fashionistas because this is what we chose as this month’s style collab. Backyard barbecue-style apparently is a real thing – who knew? So let’s see what backyard barbecue-style means to these stylish sisters. This should be interesting!!”

Shelbee – Shelbee on the Edge – “We had a backyard barbecue at my neighbor’s house a few weeks back, so I photographed what I actually wore to her house…this amazing new tie dye dress that has been in constant rotation since I got it back in May. I am also sharing swimsuit photos in my post…do pop by my blog to see it all!”


See? I told you that you’d be inspired! Aren’t these ladies amazing? Thanks so much for stopping by, and for visiting their blogs too. Leave a comment and let me know whose outfit inspired you the most! And now it’s your turn to join the fun and link up with us. Join these fabulous influencers and bloggers and show your style! Just use the handy dandy link-up button below. Can’t wait to see your styles!

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16 thoughts on “Sizzling Styles for a Backyard BBQ

  1. Such a cute, cool looks for a backyard barbecue, Andy. I can’t believe the fab styles available at Target these days! Such value! My hubby and I grill all year long, too. Perks of Florida living! xo

  2. Andy, this was such a great theme! I love all the bright colors everyone brought out. Your striped top is so adorable and it works perfectly with Bermuda shorts. I love all of your sizzling summer styles, my friend!


  3. Andy!

    I love your striped shirt and all of your other cute looks! We even shared similar looks and links! Great minds think a like! You’re so lucky to be able to grill most of the year!

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