Are you headed to Napa or Sonoma, or the Niagara Wine region this summer, and want to know what to wear to a winery? Here are some handy style tips and winetasting outfits for daytime at the vineyards and evening dinners outside.
1. Dress Wine Country Casual
Wine Country Casual is a term you’ll hear a lot, and it basically means dress smart casual. Think natural/elegant, rather than urban/edgy. A cute vineyard outfit might be a lightweight pair of casual pants or white jeans with a pretty summer blouse. (Blue jeans are kind of hot and heavy and not so dressy).
You could also wear a sundress, casual jumpsuit, or a breezy skirt and top. Boho style is natural for a winery setting. So a pretty peasant top or a tiered midi dress. A big boho hat is wonderful. A dressier version of these is perfect in the evening, even if it means simply adding some fancier accessories.
As for color, think of light summer colors and fabrics, floral prints, stripes, eyelet, ruffles, or anything with a romantic, feminine look and feel. These marry well with the breathtaking natural surroundings.
Styles that you might stay away from would be anything too athletic, like leggings or bike shorts, statement tees. Also, anything too edgy, like ripped or distressed clothing or outfits that are very dark or have a lot of hardware or detail. Loud or geometric prints don’t fit with the country winery vibe either.
2. Don’t Fear White
Wearing white is an individual choice. If you are going to be worried the whole time, it’s just not worth it. Just wear dark colors. Personally, I like White in summer, and I’ve seen lots of people wearing white clothing at wineries. White is fresh, summery, and classy looking, plus it keeps you cool.
3. Comfy Shoes are a Must
Sometimes you will be walking on paved driveways and sitting on outdoor patios, but other times you’ll be standing on grass and visiting the fields where there are dirt and pebbles. The key to a great day is to wear comfy shoes. Flats are perfect, or you can wear a wedge, and if you are in the fields, you may want closed-toe shoes.
If you prefer to wear sandals, it’s not a bad idea to bring along a pair of closed-toe shoes and leave them in your car, just in case.
4. A Crossbody Bag Comes in Handy
You’re going to be standing up at some point juggling wine and some nibblies, so a crossbody bag is ideal. Or, you can wear a cute body purse. There are some adorable ones out there these days.
5. Shorts Can Work
Can you Wear Shorts to a Winery? That’s a good question, and the answer is if it will be hot, yes, but you’ll and feel better in a shorts outfit that looks pulled together stylishly. There’s a big difference between wearing a cute pair of tie waist shorts with a pretty eyelet top and fab accessories versus wearing a utilitarian pair of hiking shorts, a plain old tee, and running shoes. Keep it classy.
6. Don’t Forget a Hat and Sunglasses
It’s sunny and hot in wine country into the ’80s during the day, and if you are going to be outside, you may want to think about bringing along a cute sunhat. Sunglasses are a must, and please don’t forget the sunscreen!
7. Think About Layering
When nighttime arrives in wine country, you might be in for a surprise as temperatures vary and can suddenly drop. A light jacket, sweater, or wrap is perfect for taking the chilly edge off, especially if you are dining outside. Also, some wine tastings are held in cellars or caves where the temperature can get down to 55 degrees, so a layering piece comes in handy here too.
8. Don’t Wear Perfume
One final thing that you may not have thought of is, don’t wear perfume or scented cosmetics. The summer heat will enhance the scent, and it will interfere with the wine tasting- yours and others, and that’s no fun!
Have a great time, and have a nice glass of Californa Cabernet for me! I’ll leave you with some flowy, feminine dresses, some that are ideal for day touring and others that are perfect for dressier evening dinners outside at the winery.