I never have to think too hard about my family’s 4th of July outfits. Every year, without fail, a bundle of Old Navy flag tees shows up on my doorstep courtesy of my mother. She includes one for every member of my family, including my husband who would just as soon not dress up for anything at all, ever.
I think the best holiday outfits are the ones that don’t hit you over the head with their theme-ness. I mean, if you want to wear an American flag print harem jumpsuit then knock yourself out. I personally prefer a little more subtlety. You can play with colors and patterns and find something that captures the spirit of the holiday without going too crazy with it.
You may have all the elements of several perfect 4th of July outfits already hanging out in your closet, no shopping required (unless you want to! That’s what I’ve got planned for the weekend!). Anything that comes to mind when you think “American classic” probably fits the bill just fine. Red, white and blue obviously. Stripes, denim on denim, gingham, or even suspenders (a personal favorite of mine)!
I pulled together some real world examples of 4th of July outfits–for the most part they lack the perfectly rumpled polish of the ensembles you’ll find in J. Crew’s lookbook, but that’s why I like them. They’re totally accessible and re-creatable from the average woman’s closet. They’re inspiration you can use to throw together something fast before you head out to a BBQ tomorrow afternoon!
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