What to Wear to a Company Picnic

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Comfortable Clothing

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You may be trying to figure out how to be comfortable outdoors while appropriately dressed for this work-related event.

Though you want to be casual, you don't want to be too casual. Short shorts or a low-cut top are definitely not appropriate. Instead, select walking shorts paired with a cool top. The fabric of your top should be lightweight but not sheer. You can also opt for a sundress that isn't overly revealing or, in lieu of a pair of shorts, a summer skirt in a summery print or khaki. 

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Sunglasses can be helpful for a variety of reasons.  First, the sun will obviously stay out of your eyes.  Sunglasses are also useful because they keep you from squinting when having conversations with your colleagues. However, for conversations with people like your boss, it's a sign of respect to remove your sunglasses so they can see your eyes. 

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Skip the Glamorous Jewelry

You don't need to wear glamorous jewelry to a company picnic. It's not only unprofessional but it's also a daytime event. Blingy accessories just aren't a fit. Instead, a simple pair of stud earrings, a simple necklace or basic watch are appropriate. 

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Carry a Tote Bag

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A big tote bag is perfect for a company picnic. It will allow you to carry everything you need - sunscreen, camera, cell phone and even a sweater in case it cools off later in the day.

A straw tote is your best option so that it doesn't get too dirty or damaged outdoors.

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Put on a Pair of Skimmers or Sandals

If you are going to be playing Frisbee, volleyball or another sport which isn't conducive to wearing sandals, canvas sneakers are a fabulous idea. Choose a pair that coordinates well with rest of your outfit in color and design.

 No matter what you decide to wear to your company picnic, be sure to bring a backup outfit in your car, along with shoes and accessories. If you arrive at the picnic and find out ​you're grossly overdressed or underdressed, you can make the switch.