I’ve experienced many fashion-on-the-fourth disasters by trying to incorporate stars, stripes, and the colors red, white, and blue into one outfit. My mistakes have taught me that it’s best to leave Betsy’s flag on the pole and the stars-and-stripes bandana on the dog.
This year I’m shopping around for some cute, subtle red-white-and-blue options to take me to Will Smith movies, July Fourth parties, and through the rest of the summer too …
I could just skip sunblock this fourth of July and let my skin turn a hot shade of red (add in a few white tan-stripes and my blue-in-the-face mother nagging me to lube up and I’d be a picture of patriotism), or I could take a less painful approach and add this sizzling knit dress into my rotation.
This tropical sleeveless red and white bandeau top is pretty, breezy, and it allows room for BBQ-overdo! Add a pair of white Bermuda shorts and a navy blue bag and I’m all set for Fourth of July—or indeed any occasion.
While everyone else is decked out in Old Navy 4th of July tees, I can express my independence in this pretty red and white printed cotton babydoll dress. I’ll pair it with a neutral sandal and a blue bangle to complete my patriotic style. They might want to redraw the flag to match.
Forget the little black dress, it’s all about the little white dress this summer. Fortunately, the perfect little white dress is much more attainable than its elusive black counterpart is. This lightweight summer dress with crossover V-neck, adjustable straps, and swingy skirt is a perfect fit for any summer party.
White knee-length shorts are an essential summer basic that you can just as easily wear to the office as to a party—casual or dressy. For July 4th, wear them with a cute blue and white top and flat red sandal.
I live in plain white tees all summer, but I like to keep things on the chic side of casual by mixing in some interesting white blouses. This silky white blouse with an intricate lattice neckline is an easy elegant choice for summer events. I’d work it for July 4th with some navy Bermuda shorts and a striped red tote.
And the Blue
This sleeveless blue dress is as easygoing as a pair of well-worn blue jeans, and as effortlessly stylish too. Add a white and red sandal, and your party mates will surely stop to salute you.
This light chambray skirt is a playful and cute alternative to the denim skirt that I almost always end up wearing on July fourth. I love the lightweight fabric, the full feminine skirt, and the flattering cinched waist. Also love the roomy pockets for my illegal fireworks.
I just know I’ll feel like a Devil in a Blue Dress in this teal-blue knit dress—and every July 4th party needs at least one devilish party animal. The ruffled neckline and hem scream fiesta cha-cha-cha while the pretty fit and flattering cut will keep me from screaming “I have nothing to wear” all summer.
The Red, White, and Blue
So maybe July 4th is just a day that falls between July 3rd and 5th for you and honestly, you can’t be bothered to try to coordinate a whole outfit around the flag. But, you’re going to a July 4th party, and you don’t want to be a party pooper. Go for a minimal effort, maximum affect red, white, and blue outfit to get you through the occasion in style.
Have fun displaying your independent style, but remember that you really don’t have to overdo the red-white-and-blue to create fireworks with your outfit this Fourth of July.