Fabulous 5: Dinner time

After a three-year hiatus, the annual Dîner en Blanc returns as one of the most elegant ways to gather for an alfresco picnic.


Events are back, summer is back, Dîner en Blanc is back! After a three-year hiatus, we have the table, chairs and tablecloths ready, awaiting the announcement of the venue for this year’s event, which will take place on August 18.

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Originally created in Paris many, many years before Instagram, the annual event is one of the most stylish ways to get together for an outdoor picnic. The only rule: everyone must wear white. Whether you go fun and flirty or opt for comfort, Rebecca Tay presents five white pieces that are perfect for this year’s big event.

Open back jumpsuit, $389 at Club Monaco.
Open back jumpsuit, $389 at Club Monaco.


A jumpsuit is always a good idea, and this one has cute slightly puffed sleeves and a little cutout in the back for added interest. Made from recycled polyester and featuring a subtle floral jacquard print, it’s a sweet and sophisticated style that will be comfortable to wear throughout dinner.

Monaco Club, clubmonaco.ca | $389

Toit Volant 'Amour' dress, $298 ($202) at Nouvelle Nouvelle.
Toit Volant ‘Amour’ dress, $298 ($202) at Nouvelle Nouvelle.


Sleek and chic is the name of the game for this bright white cotton poplin ‘Amour’ midi dress from California-based brand Toit Volant. Ultra-thin spaghetti straps feel streamlined and on-trend, while the simple, straight shape means you’ve got room to dine. Pair it with flat sandals or sneakers for a more casual look, or opt for metallic sandals for a dressier finish.

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new new, nouvellenouvelle.com | $298 ($202)

Puff Sleeve Dress, $78 at Oak + Fort.
Puff Sleeve Dress, $78 at Oak + Fort.


If you haven’t had enough of puff sleeves and prairie-inspired pieces in general, this mini dress is for you. Made of cotton, it has an oversized fit, square neckline and ruched layers that have a cheesy feel; Pair it with a chunky chain necklace and boots or heels to toughen things up a bit.

Oak + Strong, ca.oakandfort.com | $78

About the Arianne 'Bao Walk' sneaker, $352 at One of a Fews.
About the Arianne ‘Bao Walk’ sneaker, $352 at One of a Fews.


Since Dîner en Blanc almost always takes place in a park or some kind of outdoor space, comfortable shoes are a must. But don’t let that ruin your look: these ‘Bao Walk’ wedge slippers from About Arianne are practical, stylish and wow! — white, so you can mingle and dine without worrying about digging a heel into the grass or easily running away should the skies suddenly open.

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one of a few, oneoffew.com | $352

Dress with Babaton shoulder pad, $60 ($17.99) at Aritzia.
Dress with Babaton shoulder pad, $60 ($17.99) at Aritzia.


A cotton jersey t-shirt dress is a perennial wardrobe staple: comfortable, no-fuss, just slip on and go, and easy to accessorize for any occasion. This one from Babaton comes complete with shoulder pads, so you can channel the ’80s and ’90s. Add a belt for a more silhouette-enhancing take, or simply finish it off with mules and chunky jewelry for a cool-girl finish.

Aritzia, aritzia.com | $60 ($17.99)

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