What to Wear to a Luncheon


Some events leave you feeling a bit confused about what to wear. A luncheon, a semi-formal affair that occurs in the daytime (commonly after 11 a.m.) rather than at night, is one such event. When dressing for a luncheon, you have to wear something just a bit dressy yet comfortable and appropriate for a day with the girls.

Luncheon Atmosphere

What you decide to wear to a luncheon depends on the atmosphere and also the details outlined on the invitation. Sometimes the organizer holds the luncheon at someone's house, while in other cases it is at a venue that may have a dress code. In some cases the luncheon is inside a grand hall while in other cases it is a sunny outdoor affair outside under a gazebo. Learn all of these details before you start getting your outfit ready.


The simplest pick for a luncheon is a sundress. You can wear for either an outdoor or indoor party. Pick a modest sundress that reaches to the knees or longer. Settle on a bright solid color, like a yellow or pink. If the luncheon has a color theme, wear a sundress in that color. Add a white belt to your midriff to cinch the sundress at your waist and complete your outfit with a pair of strappy sandals for an outdoor affair or well-appointed slip-in heels for indoors.

Pastel Pant Suit

If you'd feel more comfortable wearing pants, pick up a pastel-colored pant suit for your luncheon event. A pastel pant suit (jacket and slacks) is a fresh and inviting look for this type of event, preferably if indoors. Pastel colors include soft pink, pale lime, and light turquoise. Wear a sleeveless white button-down blouse or a white tank under the jacket along with your sandals or slip-in heels.

Floppy Hat

If you've been torn on the right time to put on that floppy hat you've had hanging on your hat rack or in your closet for ages, wait no longer. If you have a luncheon coming up this is the perfect place to debut your floppy, wide-brimmed hat. Of course, this is most appropriate for an outdoor affair. If indoor, pick a more formal wide-brimmed hat that you might wear to a church event.

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