Last Updated on 19th October 2013

Whether you’re making merry with a posh picnic in a country park, or having a quiet affair with loved ones in a cosy garden, the proof won’t be in the lavender cake pudding, but rather in the garb you show up in!

Garden parties are fairly relaxed affairs (unless you’re a male resident of Buckingham Palace, in which case you’ll be wearing a silly suit and marching everywhere), so we’d like to channel our inner lady and bring to the garden party table a touch of femininity with dainty print.

‘Polite’ fashion is what we like to call it; a summer-perfect, demure dress complete with a polished clutch and ladylike heels. Outfit at the ready, now to locate the cake pile amongst the pretty flowerbeds!

Erdem Inga floral printed and sequin embellished dress, £1,935 £1,160, available at Browns

Tibet block heel sandals, £110 £55, available at French Connection

Diane Von Furstenberg Tonda tweed clutch, £263 £184, available at Matches

Cat eye sunglasses, £16, available at Topshop

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