Where will you watch the fireworks this Fourth of July? Whether you’re packing up for a long weekend at the lake, baking beans for the neighborhood BBQ or just counting down to the grand finale, you’ll want to show your All-American pride. This holiday, move beyond the expected and represent Uncle Sam in your own signature style. Here’s how to make red, white and blue work for you on the 4th — and all summer long.
Beyond the 4th: Looks you can wear again and again.
When Wednesday rolls around, you can bet most folks will look like they’re wrapped in Old Glory. And while traditional Fourth of July styles are great, you may resist buying something you can wear only once a year (OK, maybe again on Memorial Day). Here’s a way you can show your pride and stretch your budget: choose patriotic-inspired pieces that have a longer shelf life. Go for more toned back styles (you can always add beads and a tiara if you’re feeling it). For instance, a striped tank, soft shorts with stars and navy thongs sandals can all be added to your summer rotation. The idea is to put together pieces that are festive, but that you can rock any other day of the year.
Red, white and you: Celebrate your unique style.
You’re going to see a whole lot of red, white and blue. Why not step out in shades of you? Create a completely original Fourth of July look by riffing off of the expected color palette. For instance, instead of a traditional red, go for a burgundy floral like this sleeveless tank with a mesh insert. Pair it with a deconstructed denim skirt, and metallic slides and you have a cool and comfy outfit perfect for hanging at the dock or exploring the ice cream shop. Don’t forget to stash a paperback in your crossbody bag in case you catch a free moment on the hammock.
Pack for adventure: Prepare to have a blast.
So you have a general idea of what’s happening this Fourth of July — but what if you’re presented with an even better option? If you plan to hang at the lake or pool, make sure you bring along a cute dress that can go over your suit and double as a going-out look and bold red slides that you can dance in. You could also pack deconstructed denim shorts to throw on over your suit and a plaid button-down tank. Don’t forget a beach towel that can work as a blanket for watching the display after dark. After all, you should always be prepared to have a blast.
Best date night of the year: Color me romantic
What could be more romantic than sitting on the grass, gazing up at the fireworks with your SO? Take advantage of this special time a year by choosing a Fourth of July outfit that will have his eyes on you as much as the sky. Choose a pretty floral dress with burgundy accents or a floral tank in dusty red is patriotic enough to please, especially when you pair it with deconstructed blue jean shorts. Strappy gladiator sandals will call attention to your sun-kissed legs and a crocheted cardigan adds a feminine layer that will also keep you warm if a summer breeze blows in. Finish your look with a shining pair of earrings that will reflect the stars.
It’s a free country: Stay home and snuggle.
Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — on the couch with your dogs. If your fur babies are afraid of the big booms, stay home and chill (it’s a week night, after all). Relax in a comfy, lacy bralette, soft, graphic tee and a pair of soft shorts. Keep your camera ready in case your pups do something photo-worthy. After all, with everyone else posting about fireworks, your babies will stand out in the feed. Happy snuggling