How to Dress for July 4th Without Looking Like a 6-Year-Old

You’ve got a big weekend ahead: There’s the neighborhood barbecue, the local parade, your berry tiramisu to make and exploding fire to watch. Rifling around the back of your closet for that flag tee? Eh , not on the agenda. Consider these 7 elevated outfit combos, so you can still wave the flag but not feel obligated to wear it.

PICK TWO OUT OF THE THREE

Hey, it’s OK if you’re not sporting red, white an d blue. Two hues will do. Leather sandals and a straw tote round out the look nicely.

TEAM RED WITH BLACK ACCESSORIES

Chances are you already have a red dress, shirt or skirt hanging in your closet. Instead of rushing out for a pair of espadrilles, use black shoes and accessories to neutralize the look. Bonus: This get-up transitions well into dinner, post-fireworks.

USE MAKEUP TO YOUR ADVANTAGE

Stripes are always a good idea. You know what else is great? A matching red lip. What’s more patriotic than that?

STAY LOCATION APPROPRIATE

If you’re spending the day at the beach, don’t overdo it by packing too much—a simple striped cover-up can be thrown over whatever swimsuit you have.

GO FOR MUTED TONES

Primary colors can be a bit much. Rather, focus on pastels in one color family: Dusty blue top, chambray flats and a navy-accented tote.

GIVE FLORALS A PATRIOTIC SPIN

Oh, your floral dress also happens to be red? Add white sandals and call it a day.

LET YOUR SHOES DO THE TALKING

Throw on your uniform—boyfriend jeans and a white button-down

(obvi). Then give the look a Fourth-of-July spin by adding bright red footwear. Wear it again on Wednesday and your coworkers will be none the wiser.

You may also like...