Outfits & Outings Under $100: BBQ + Night Swimming

Just remember to wait 30 minutes between eating and swimming. Or don’t, because that’s not actually a thing.

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Today, we’re continuing our series on fun and inexpensive activities for students on a budget. (See all of them here!) Today, we’re celebrating summer with a barbecue and night swimming.

BBQs and swimming are standard daytime summer activities. But why not create a new tradition and swim after dark? Underwater lights at night are incredibly pretty. 

As a bonus, both activities are fun, festive ways to celebrate summer. Somebody graduate? Nab a job? Get engaged? Grill some happy food during the day then cool down with a splash at night!

BBQ + Night Swimming Cost Breakdown

Both outings involve serious location scouting and that’s about it. If you or a friend has a house or apartment with a pool, offer it up. Make sure you can use the grill and pool after hours. Somebody might have to lug in a George Foreman grill ($15) if there’s no ready-to-go grill set up outside.

Let’s move onto what everybody cares about most during BBQ season: the food! Ask everybody to BYOI. Bring Your Own Ingredient. Share the bounty. 

For easy and healthy fare, can’t go wrong with grilled chicken and asparagus (~$10). For our vegetarian/vegan buddies, enjoy balsamic grilled tofu with cilantro cauliflower rice and Sriracha mayo (~$15).

If you have a sweet tooth, grilled peaches are amazing (~$4/lb). Bring along sorbet, gelato, or ice cream ($5/pint) for dessert post-BBQ or when lounging poolside.

BBQ Outfit

ombre maxi dress cold shoulder floral top scalloped shorts gold sandals

Product Info: Dress – LC Lauren Conrad (XS-XXL) | Top – Topshop (0-14) | Shorts – Madewell (XXS-XL) | Flip Flops – Hollister (5-9)

Cost: $40 for the dress // $70 for top + shorts, as of July 6th

If you love dresses, a dreamy lightweight maxi dress the color of sorbet screams summer. It’s perfect for those slightly more formal events.

Dig shorts instead? An embroidered cold-shoulder blouse pairs fantastically (like BBQs and night swimming, wink) with scalloped shorts. 

Night Swimming Outfit (Plus Size)

plus size kimono jacket plus size black swimsuit beach hat gold flip flops

Product Info: Swimsuit – Nordstrom Rack (16W-22W) | Kimono Jacket – Forever 21 (one size) | Hat – Belk | Flip Flops – LC Lauren Conrad (6-10)

Cost: $80 as of July 6th 

Little black swimsuits are a total classic. Throw on a modern kimono jacket as cover-up instead of wrangling around a scarf. It might be nighttime but you can still feel fabulous with a beach hat and metallic gold flip flops. 

Your Thoughts? 

What is, in your opinion, the best food for BBQ? Have you ever gone swimming at night? 

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