Around this time last year, The Royal Wedding caused a stir - attracting hundreds to the gates of Buckingham Palace to catch a glimpse of Wills and Kate in their fancy attire. Now, the Diamond Jubilee is upon us and that means more flag waving, more hysteria and a wave of quintessentially British garden parties. Not only does the Jubilee mean that we get a bank holiday weekend but there'll be a festival in Battersea Park, a pageant on the Thames River and an opportunity to get a look at The Queen herself at the Epsom Derby. So, what to buy apart from paper flags, patriotic bunting and collectible crockery?
A Veggie Patch
Not literally but vegetable print is fast becoming the 'It' print for summer. If it's good enough for Dolce & Gabbana, it's certainly good enough for me. Nibble on sausage rolls amongst the gardenias in a swishy midi and straw hat combo for a youthful summer look. Make sure to wear wedges though, you wouldn't want your stilettos getting stuck in the grass. Hash tag awkward.
A Watercolour Painting
On a dress, of course. Print is huge this season and watercolours are moving from wall to wardrobe. Go for brights to make a statement or choose a mix of blues to bring the romance of the seaside straight to your closet. Match your fascinator to one of the colours on your dress and you'll be the talk of the derby.
A Baseball Cap
If you haven't had all ears on the grapevine recently, you may be unaware that the Sports Luxe trend is taking over fashion right now (or maybe you've forgotten my previous article). What's even cooler is the baseball cap - especially in all black. No longer best known as the main staple in a truck driver's wardrobe, this headgear has transformed itself into chic accessory number one. Throw on some denim shorts and a leather backpack and you've nailed casual cool. Make a day of boat parade and hang out by the Thames. You could always have a picnic in the park afterwards (and don't scrimp on the strawberries and cream)!
Psst! For super cute traditional picnic sets check out PicnicShop.co.uk. I've got my eye on the Traditional Natural Wine basket for 4 people and the Blyton Cream tea basket for 2.
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