The heatwave is here and we’re getting ready to embrace our sun dresses and dine al fresco. There’s no better way to celebrate the British summer than with a garden party, from the quintessential tea party to the elegant evening soirée.

With so many opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors, we’re making the most of it by getting dressed up. If you’re in a dilemma about what to wear to a garden party, take a look at our simple guide for all the sartorial inspiration you’ll need for a very stylish summer…

Tea Party

The classic British tea party is even better when enjoyed in the sunshine. Whether you’re dining on scones and tea or indulging in a full picnic spread, you’ll need to dress comfortably yet elegantly. Look to Vogue contributor, Martha Ward, for style tips on occasionwear dressing. We love her denim dress elevated with practical bejewelled pumps and funky shades.

Martha-stewartGet the look- from left: Jeepers Peepers green round sunglasses, Dune red colour block mini satchel, Miss Selfridge denim shirt dress, Dune embellished pointed flat pumps.

Bohemian Affair

The bohemian mood is the most on-trend style to covet right now and is perfect for outdoor gatherings. Look to Caggie Dunlop -our modern bohemian muse- and wear a chiffon floral dress with tan accessories for an effortless yet feminine look. Add Burberry lip and cheek bloom for an English rose glow.

CaggieGet the look- from left: Burberry lip and cheek bloom, Faith tan fringed duffle bag, Miss KG tan wedges, Oasis print midi dress.

Elegant Soirée

For the occasions where a simple outfit just won’t do, look to all-white and statement accessories for a princess worthy ensemble. The Serpentine Summer Party provides a whole host of garden party style inspiration, but our favourite attendee from last year’s event was Princess Beatrice. Emulate her look by making bridal white cool with fashionable accessories and a pop of red lipstick.

beatriceGet the look- from left: Coat Lucianna dress, Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy lipstick, J by Jasper Conran lime floral stone clutch bag, Faith lilac beaded heeled sandals.

For more inspiration on garden party dressing, look back at last year’s Serpentine Summer Party, ahead of the elegant annual event this Thursday.

(Images courtesy of REX)