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!
6 Quick 4th of July Outfits 1 of 13
Click through for some red, white, and blue inspiration!
Sydney 2 of 13
It doesn't get much more American than a baseball tee, distressed denim and white sneaks. I love the little stripe of red on her shoes- her ensemble is full on red, white and blue but it kind of takes you by surprise.
Sydney of The Daybook. Photo used with permission.
Baseball Tee 3 of 13
I recently picked up this slub-knit baseball tee in two colors. It's super soft and has a slightly wider neck, which I vastly prefer over a traditional crew neck. This one is wonderfully light-weight, meaning I can wear it in Arizona's 115 degree temps without dying immediately of heatstroke.
Find it at Express for $14.94 (on sale!)
Janssen 4 of 13
In a country where blue jeans are practically the national uniform, red pants feel wonderfully bold. Pair with stripes and you've got yourself a great outfit for the 4th. A red skirt works too!
Janssen of Everyday Reading. Photo used with permission.
Red Pants 5 of 13
Kayla (Yup. That’s me!) 6 of 13
Blue gingham is quintessentially Americana. Add it to pretty much anything and you're ready to wield some sparklers.
From Freckles in April. I very generously gave myself permission to use this photo.
Blue Gingham 7 of 13
Just go ahead and steal this one from the men's section. That's what I did!
Find it at Gap for $37.99 (on sale!)
Kate 8 of 13
I love the beautiful simplicity of a sundress. Kate's red, white and blue one is beyond gorgeous. (As is she. She's currently in the final stages of cancer treatment. Let's hear it for kicking cancer's behind!)
Kate of Iris Inspired. Photo used with permission.
Red, White and Blue Dress 9 of 13
A red, white & blue tank dress is a great transition piece. It's pleasantly breezy for BBQing or hanging out by the pool during the day but you can easily throw a sweater over it before heading out for fireworks if you live somewhere that gets a little more chilly at night.
Find it at Old Navy for $32.94
Kimmie 10 of 13
How perfect is Kimmie's piped blazer over those red stripes? Her bunting necklace just makes the whole thing feel like a party.
Kimmie of Blue Paper Lanterns. Photo used with permission.
Piped Blazer 11 of 13
I love the crisp lines and classic navy and white combo of this blazer. Plus! It's on sale!
Find it at Banana Republic for $69.99 (down from $150)
Ashley 12 of 13
Ashley's subtle stripes, messy braid and boating hat are all so very Huckleberry Finn in the best possible way.
Ashley of I Believe in Unicorns. Photo used with permission.
Hat 13 of 13
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