What to Do, What to Wear: 3 Outfit Ideas for Visiting the Zoo

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Class has been over for two months, you’ve finally achieved your desired level of bronze and, lest we admit it, you’re beginning to feel a bit bored (gasp!). Before you begin longing for classrooms and hours of studying, I’m here to give you some ideas for fun summer activities that will help you to beat that lingering weariness and enjoy these last months of relaxation.

First up in this series? Your local zoo, the perfect place to keep you thoroughly entertained for the day. Nothing beats watching tigers play in the water and gorillas running up to the glass to get a closer peek at you. Aside from the exciting main attraction, the animals, zoo food is delicious, gift shopping is fun and other attractions, like a train or carousel ride, are a great way to keep the fun going. A camera will surely be in tow, so you want to be sure you’re looking good while staying comfy! Here are some reminders, tips and outfit ideas for visiting a zoo.

Remember to Wear/Bring:

  • Comfy shoes - Unless you’re prepared to ride the tram and miss many of the close encounters with the animals, be sure to wear some comfy walking shoes. After a full day at the zoo, you’ll have easily walked 2+ miles. With that kind of walking, no one wants to deal with blisters!
  • Protection from the sun - Sunglasses or a hat are musts at the zoo. You’ll be walking outside for the majority of your time there and want to make sure your face is protected (with the cutest of accessories, of course).
  • Camera - There are endless picture opportunities at the zoo — you won’t want to miss them! Be sure to bring your trusty iPhone or fancier camera and snap away!

General Zoo Visit Tips:

  • The earlier you go, the better! The animals are more active in the morning, as it is cooler (and who doesn't get excited for breakfast?). It is also less crowded, so you’ll have front row views to all the animals.
  • Bring you student ID. Many zoos will give you a discount off ticket pricing (or free admission) with a valid student ID.
  • Check the calendar before venturing to the zoo. Many zoos host events, whether it is a walk to raise money or lending out their conference rooms for other organizations. These types of events will result in large crowds, so make sure to double check.

Outfit 1


Product Information: Tank- H&M, Shorts- H&M, Sunglasses- Zumiez, Bangle- J Crew, Shoes- ASOS

This preppy outfit checks off all the must-haves for zoo attire: sunglasses, comfy shoes and it looks super cute! The light-weight tank will help to beat the summer heat, while the zebra print shorts are more than appropriate for the zoo (obviously) and the metallic boat shoes give the perfect pop to the outfit. Add a colorful bangle and sleek shades and you’ll be good to go!

Outfit 2


Product Information: Hat-ASOS, Purse- H&M, Dress- Maurices, Necklace- Need Supply Co., Sandals- ASOS

If you’re looking for something a little more girly, this is the ensemble for you. The floral dress will keep you cool and looking great. Instead of sunglasses, I opted for a cute hat to shade your face. With additions like a cute cross-body bag to hold your camera, comfy strappy sandals and a simple mixed metal necklace, you’ll be comfortable (and stylish) all day long.

Outfit 3


Product Information: Shirt- Delia's, Sunglasses- H&M, Shorts- TopShop, Shoes- H&M

I absolutely fell in love with this adorable penguin shirt — what animal lover wouldn’t!? For a more casual outfit, I paired the tee with colorful orange shorts. Comfy white sneakers and cool aviators are the perfect finishing touches to this really fun and simple outfit.


Could you see yourself wearing these outfits to the zoo? Which is your favorite? Have I convinced you that the zoo is great place to beat being bored? ;) What are some other fun summer activities you like to do? Let us know in the comments below!

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