The Garden Party


Spring is in full bloom, and what better way to celebrate all that the season has to offer than by attending or hosting a beautiful garden party? This month, we are covering everything – from etiquette to what to wear – for all of the fabulous spring soirées adorning your social schedule.


Essentially, all you need for the traditional garden party is the sun in the sky, a pretty dress and some tasty snacks. They can really be held on any schedule (brunch or cocktail hour) and the dress code can vary with the weather – especially in My City in April. Here are some general fashion Do’s and Don’ts to keep in mind:

A garden party is typically all about glam but for this occasion, try not to go overboard with bling-y accessories. A pair of floral earrings and a pretty necklace or bracelet will do the trick. Loose, flowing fabrics are a great way to stay cool since the springtime sun can get a little toasty.

That being said, pastels, whites and primary colors are key. We know how much some of our readers love black-on-black but for a garden get together, leave your dark hues at home. If you’re devoted to neutrals, try wearing white or cream. Pair a cream sweater with white denim and your style is perfectly suited for a cooler day.

It may not be summer yet in Michigan, but that doesn’t mean the sun won’t be shining. Don’t forget to bring a chic hat, sunglasses and your go-to SPF! These essentials can all be easily and stylishly carried in an adorable tote or a woven rattan bag for the best FUNctional accessory at the party! Do NOT forget your sunglasses; SHIFT now carries Goodr and Peepers brands that offer tons of colorful style options and classic aviators, as well! Now that we’ve got the basics covered, here are some outfit ideas that will have you shining as brightly as the spring sun!


Wearing lighter, warmer colors will keep you cool during outdoor events. Definitely add some pinks, oranges or even some serenity blue into your closet and pair them with neutral toned accessories. A solid color or a pattern in your favorite spring colors and worn with confidence is the definition of chic!


It doesn’t get much more literal for a garden party outfit than a flower power dress! Luckily, floral prints are very on-trend at the moment, so don’t hesitate to be bold and wear one to your next spring event. SHIFT has some great geometric print dresses arriving in April that are a great combination of 70s throwback and modern chic.


If you’re not a fan of dresses, then you shouldn’t wear one just to follow garden party decorum. Instead, try a pair of flowy pants in a fun floral, or even linen. But avoid blue denim so as to not break code. Pastels, white and even pink denim paired with a ruffle-detail top is a solid move toward chic garden party style.


Don’t show up empty-handed! You can find a hostess gift at many great local shops, and SHIFT definitely has you covered with unique options. New for spring are geometric planters, seed kits for growing everything from honey bee sanctuaries to a homegrown salsa or pizza kit, and the cutest architectural-style birdhouses. The shingled and shuttered birdhouses are especially beautiful, thoughtful and functional gifts for hosts, moms for Mother’s Day in May or your bestie for her birthday!

Whether you are on the guest list or hosting one yourself, follow these tips and your garden party style will be set!  


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