What to Wear to a Company Picnic

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Claudia Ev Bermuda Shorts
Claudia Ev Bermuda Shorts. Courtesy of Nordstrom

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 print or khaki. 

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Photo: Getty/Kevin Kozicki.

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 you eyes. 

Looking for the right sunglasses for your face shape?  Check out these tips. 

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Skip the Glamorous Jewelry

Fossil White & Gold Dial Watch
Fossil White & Gold Dial Watch. Courtesy of Fossil

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, simple necklace or basic watch are appropriate. 

Looking for more tips on accessories that aren't acceptable in the workplace?  Here are some tips. 

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Carry a Tote Bag

Bamboo 54 PU Grass Shell Tote
Bamboo 54 PU Grass Shell Tote. Courtesy of eBags

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

Privo Luca Skimmers
Privo Luca Skimmers. Courtesy of Zappos

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 back up outfit in your car, along with shoes and accessories. If you arrive at the picnic and find out your grossly overdressed or under dressed, you can make the switch.