Enjoy an afternoon BBQ. Photo: Corbis

It's Memorial Day weekend, and that means it's time to fire up the grill, throw on some shades and celebrate the start of barbecue season. To help you kick off the summer in style, we've put together a relaxed outfit that will serve you well whether you're flipping burgers, chowing down on watermelon, or leading your team to a tug of war victory.

Style tips
  • We like the idea of showing your patriotism with some good ol' fashioned red, white, and blue. If you're worried about it looking kitschy, mix and match different patterns like florals and stripes. Or update a classic shape (like these Keds) in unexpected fabrics like chambray and plaid.
  • Nautical details continue to be a big trend for summer. We love the subtle nod to the sea in the form of this rope belt and Breton striped pullover (just in case it gets cold when the sun sets).
  • The most important accessory for summer is a great pair of shades. If you're ready to retire the Wayfarers that you've been rocking for the past few years, why not try some Ray-Ban Clubmasters on for size? We love the cool vintage 1950s vibe of this shape, and everyone from Forever21 to Victoria's Secret has affordable versions this season.