How to Dress for Wine Tasting in Okanagan, Vancouver Island
Vineyard outfits that look fabulous but keep you comfortable on your next trip inside.
You’ve probably heard of internet sensation Emma Chamberlain’s go-to outfit for when it’s hot outside: a long black skirt, crinkle socks, loafers and a plain white tank top. TikTok has gone crazy with people of different body types and style aesthetics trying on the fit and it, in fact, looks good on everyone.
It’s also an incredibly versatile and chic combination that can adapt from one setting to another, like going to work or spending the afternoon at a winery. The only problem is that everyone wears it. It’s the internet’s worst-kept secret. So whether you’re planning a trip to the interior of British Columbia or passing through a winery on Vancouver Island, these outfit suggestions will help you stay cool, stay comfortable, and have looks fabulous.
There are practical considerations at a winery tour, you’ll probably be walking around, so stilettos aren’t a good idea and there might be mosquitoes or other bugs around, so overexposed skin might be a risk. But it will also be hot and you don’t want to suffocate in a long-sleeved shirt and jeans. We’ve put together a few creative solutions to all of these concerns and made sure everything looks put together effortlessly and stylishly.
You can’t go wrong with a combination
I’m no Emma Chamberlain, but my favorite outfit has always been a jumpsuit. I’m a certified lazy girl, so an instant all-in-one set is ideal in my opinion. They also work well for vineyards because there are so many pretty and flattering options, but with long, flowy wide-leg pants that will keep you cool and protected from bug bites.
This one from Simons with a bow accent and fun print is perfectly casual and wearable on its own and can be accented with accessories like an off-the-shoulder denim jacket and more formal sunglasses and jewelry layered or dressed up with a pair of sneakers. . I would usually go for white, but overall it’s a color to avoid in a vineyard as there’s usually fine dust and dirt kicking up as you walk.
There’s also this jumpsuit from small Canadian company Finding July which comes in pink, green or black and is extremely flattering with its chunky high waist, bow effect and keyhole front. And obviously Smash + Tess is still an option but I’d go with the Fresh Jumpsuit for a vineyard, it’s more wearable outdoors.
Opt for matching sets
Another option for an easy outfit is a matching set with pants or a long skirt. This is an opportunity to play with colors and patterns since monochrome looks are very popular at the moment. Individual pieces can also be paired with other staples in your wardrobe, so investing in a set pays off when you can create several other outfits with it.
My favorite place to buy matching sets is Reformation because even though they’re based in the US, they don’t charge customs and standard shipping is free. This lemon skirt and crop top combo is absolutely darling, but the skirt is cropped, so if you’re worried about bugs, I’d go for this long blue gingham skirt and tank combo (although it’s actually linen) or this yellow striped halter top and button-down skirt set that’s giving big Italian summer vibes. This puff sleeve crop top and flowy skirt are also gorgeous, especially with the scarf.
For girls who prefer to wear pants, Hillary McMillan has some great options that are also available at the bay. RW & Co., Old Navy and Bannana Republic also stock matching shirts and pants, but do not sell them as sets, which offers the advantage of easy sizing if your top and bottom are sizes different, but it can be difficult to match the products. if one is sold out online or in store. In some cases, it can also be more expensive.
Cottagecore shoots beautifully in a vineyard
Cottagecore dresses were made for running across fields and a vineyard is quite close. Much like a jumpsuit, a maxi dress can be worn up or down and is suitable for almost any weather, as the fall in wine country can be unpredictable. I have a full list of summer dresses here, but for more transitional pieces I would look for heavier, looser fabrics.
Cottagecore style dresses tend to work during this interim period and you can see a full preview here.
The Lastest Scoop is one of my favorite places to shop because they get new seasonal styles all the time and a lot of them you can’t find anywhere else (by the way, I just bought this top scarf over there that featured in a recent VIA TikTok). For a vineyard, opt for a half-sleeve midi or maxi dress like one of these pink or blue floral wrap dresses. There’s also this cute green number with a keyhole on the back and a small cutout on the front.
For something less girly and floral, I’d opt for this button-down maxi dress which could be cinched at the waist with a belt or styled with a cross body fanny pack for a street style look. And if it’s too casual, this satin button down shirt dress is the same outfit in a different font.
Any basic look is enhanced with accessories
No matter what you end up wearing, even if it’s a t-shirt and jeans, it can still be paired with jewelry, hats, sunglasses, and a fun bag for the day. make it look like a more thoughtful outfit.
The difference between influencers posing on social media and us getting ready in the morning is context and details. They know how to pose and edit to make their outfits look great, but they also spend time on little details like layering different styles of chain necklaces, adding a belt, and cuffing their jeans or sleeves to look more fitted.
Choose durable materials like leather and opt for more junkie jewelry if you’re going for a day where you’ll be on the go and risk damaging your clothes. And invest in well-made pieces that you can wear again and again in different ways and in different scenarios. A two piece set, jumpsuit or dress is just the base of the outfit, how you wear it determines the end result and can say a lot about your personal style.