Memorial Day Outfit Inspiration

Memorial Day is fast approaching, which means the official start of summer is right around the corner. And, we personally couldn’t be more excited to be diving into our favorite season of the year. Bring on the beach days, barbecues and al fresco happy hours, please! Whether you have your MDW plans set in stone or are still trying to figure out how you’ll be spending the long weekend, one thing is certain: You’ll want to have your first official outfit of the summer season nailed down. So, we’ve gone ahead and done the legwork for you by styling the Paper Crown Spring 2017 Collection for three different types of MDW festivities. No matter where you find yourself celebrating—be it a backyard BBQ, a beach clambake, or an afternoon garden party—these styling suggestions will have you looking perfectly polished for any long weekend occasion…

Take a peek below to see how we’ll be wearing our favorite Paper Crown pieces for the long weekend…

For a Backyard BBQ…

Chances are good that you’ll be attending a barbecue of some kind during the upcoming holiday weekend. Luckily, dressing for such an event is easy as pie… Grab your favorite sundress, flowy shorts, or silky pants and add a hat, sandals, and sunnies. You’ll want to be wearing fabric that is comfortable and casual, as a BBQ doesn’t require playing dress up. We loved the way the Paper Crown Penelope Dress looked styled with striped espadrilles and a straw sunhat. And don’t be afraid of bold prints—Paper Crown’s sage peony print in the Julianna Culottes and Makayla Shorts below is the perfect way to make a splash. Pair any one of these looks with a straw clutch, round straw bag, or blush pink backpack and you will be good to go!

Backyard BBQ Style featuring Paper Crown

Straw bag and floral pants

Straw circle bag and casual dress

LC Lauren Conrad backpack

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For a Beach Clambake…

For those of you living by the sea, a beach clambake is a ceremonial and festive way to ring in the summer season. And there’s every excuse to dress the part, too! Even if you won’t be near a beach for Memorial Day Weekend, you can still channel a nautical, beachy look… Think blue and white striped pieces, like the Paper Crown Kinsley Dress below, and chambray blue poplin tips, like the Paper Crown Maria Top below. White or blue denim is the perfect summer “neutral” to complement your separates, and don’t forget to throw on a straw or canvas bag to complete the look. If you’re not a big fan of blue and white, look no further than the Paper Crown Hazel Romper (which will be available next month) in our favorite shade of pink. We styled it below with a black floppy hat and an easy cross-body bag to achieve a look that’s both glamorous and effortless, all at the same time. Cheers!

Summer clam bake attire

Perfect dress for a summer clam bake

Clam bake outfit by Paper Crown

Paper Crown outfit for summer

Cheers to summer clam bakes!

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For an Afternoon Garden Party…

This holiday weekend is the perfect time of year to spend time outdoors enjoying the last of our beautiful spring blooms. So if you have a special outdoor event on your MDW calendar (like a bridal shower, baby shower or al fresco ladies luncheon), you have every excuse to get a little dressed up for the occasion. For said garden party, we adore the pink hue and peplum detail of the Paper Crown Kennedy Dress, the floral print and fitted silhouette of the Paper Crown Zoe Dress, and the one-shoulder ruffles on the Paper Crown Harper Dress. Style any one of these looks with a straw sunhat, fun statement bag, and a ladylike pair of neutral heels, and you’ll be ready for your celebrations.

Garden party attire by Paper Crown

The perfect garden party dress by Paper Crown

Blush garden party dress by Paper Crown

Garden party outfit by Paper Crown

The cutest garden party getups

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What Memorial Day Weekend plans do you have in store?

And, which of these weekend looks do you love most?

Can’t decide which of these pieces is your favorite? Come try them on in person at the Paper Crown Lord & Taylor pop-up shop in NYC, which will be open until mid-July!

XO Team LC

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