Barbecue basics

Barbecue basics

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Barbecues! If ever you needed proof that the population of the UK and Ireland are an optimistic lot, all you need to do is look at our love of a BBQ once the schools break for summer. The weather may feel like it’s edging closer to October but our calendars tell us it’s summertime, so undeterred by the gathering dark clouds, we break out the burgers, fire up the barbie, pop the Prosecco and sit hopefully beneath our garden brollies. I must admit that I adore a BBQ, but I have learned over the years that these are not occasions of glamour – instead they are the sartorial equivalent of a Girl Guides camping weekend, and one should always be prepared.

It’s all about layering, as with our unpredictable weather it is entirely possible to have sunshine, rain and gale force winds all in the same evening! Comfort is also quite high on my list of priorities. Gone are my days of trying to negotiate a friend’s lawn in a pair of heels – now it’s trainers or wedges every time. Speaking of which, I am now a fully paid up converted member to the trainer-as-everyday-footwear gang, to the point of almost feeling resentful if I have to put on other shoes or boots. For comfort, they simply cannot be beaten. For me the key to achieving this look, is to have a completely flat sole, thus avoiding any confusion with gym wear (God forbid!). A perfect example, complete with a little metallic infusion of style, are these Adidas Stan Smith White Bronze Gold trainer.

If, however, you haven’t been lured over the dark side yet and prefer a more traditional sandal or shoe, may I suggest these denim Embroidered Wrap Espadrilles from Next? How perfect are these? Flat for comfort, great coverage for your feet and gorgeous with denim or white jeans.

Now we’ve got the shoes sorted, let’s look at what else you can wear. For years I have staunchly defended the skinny jean. They were always my go-to style. But just a few months ago, I decided to try these Pull On Trousers from H&M (I promise they’re more stylish than their name suggests) and I’m a total convert. Light, easy to wear, gentle on skin, pockets (and oh, how we all love a pocket!) these would be just gorgeous with either the aforementioned trainers or espadrilles.

Clearly it can’t all be entirely utilitarian so for the lighter layer I’ve injected some interest by way of these really pretty tops from Next. The Ecru Long Sleeve Lace Detail Top is so lovely and if the slightly see-through element is a worry, you could wear a nude or blush vest top underneath. Gorgeous with denims, white capris or joggers.

The Printed Soft Shirt looks wonderfully summery and can be either worn tucked in or loosely over some jeans with maybe a vest top underneath. This would be particularly gorgeous with white denims.

A jumper is usually a necessity and Uniqlo are great for basics like this. I went for an Extra Fine Merino Crew Neck as this knit tends to be wearable for most people with psoriasis, but Uniqlo also do great ranges in either cashmere or cotton knit as well, in a variety of different colours … but I ask you, can one ever have too much pink?

Finally, a jacket! Again, I’ve moved away from my usual preferred blazer and chosen this Utility Jacket from Gap. This is such a useful style to have in your wardrobe. Wear over a tee and roll up the sleeves for a ‘shacket’ look. Layer up with a sweater for a warmer effect. Add a linen scarf to ensure you stay toasty when the temperatures drop. This style of jacket is available from a number of different high street shops and can often be found in a camo pattern as well … although I do think that perhaps that particular design should be left to the under 40s. (Runs and hides before being accused of making ageist comments…)

Ideally you need to keep the two Cs in mind when dressing for a BBQ. Comfort and Coverage! Comfort so that you can enjoy your evening without your skin being an issue and coverage, not just of your skin, but from the cooler elements of the weather. Enjoy!

UK/IE MAT-10477. Date of preparation: July 2017

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