If you’re wondering what to wear during your Fourth of July festivities, CL has the scoop. Whether you’ll be spending your holiday soaking up the sun on a breezy beach, flipping burgers on a greasy grill, or gazing into the sky as it illuminates with fireworks, we’ll show you how to flaunt your patriotism in a fashionable manner. Check out the looks compiled below and get ready to rock red, white, and blue for Independence Day.
If you’ll be celebrating America’s independence on a sandy beach this summer, make a splash in a standout ensemble. There is no need to flaunt your body in a teeny, flag bikini (a la Jessica Simpson’s famous GQ cover). Instead, choose a swimsuit that flatters your figure, in colors or patterns that represent the American spirit. Though if you want to channel your inner cover girl, go for it! To cover up your swimsuit, throw on a flirty sundress that’ll keep you cool in the summer heat. Keep your look low-key with a cute pair of flip-flops and an oversized tote bag. Finally, complete your patriotic beach getup with a floppy hat and cat-eye sunglasses or a fishtail braid accessorized with an adorable head wrap. Don’t forget to lather on your SPF!
If the Fourth of July finds you chowing down on turkey burgers at a neighborhood barbecue, you’ll want your look to be stylish yet comfortable. A romper is a great choice because it is playful and practical, while maintaining a trendy appeal. Accessorize your romper with a statement necklace and chic aviators. Carry your necessities in a color-blocked wristlet and show off your tanned and toned legs with a pair of hemp wedges. Another option for a celebratory cookout is a fashionable high-low maxi skirt paired with a crisp, white crop top. This ensemble is boho-chic, especially when you complement the look with eye-popping feather earrings, ornate bangles, and sleek flip-flops. With either outfit you’ll epitomize America, the beautiful.
It’s an American tradition to celebrate our country’s independence with a spectacular show of glimmering fireworks. However, this year the fireworks won’t be the only striking sight to see. Get ready to steal the spotlight because Uncle Sam wants you to represent the USA. Since summer evenings tend to be cooler, choose a loose-fitted, long-sleeved blouse to tuck into a pair of American flag, high-waisted shorts. Complement this look with a chunky red necklace and matching Toms (Fun fact: For every pair of Toms you purchase, a pair of new shoes is donated to a child in need). Finally, add some arm candy, like a wrap watch and stacked bracelets, to complete this patriotic ensemble. If you prefer long pants, as opposed to long-sleeves, choose a pair of cherry red skinny jeans to be matched with a dark, chiffon blouse. Accessorize with bohemian earrings, a bold cocktail ring, and a simple messenger bag. Finish the look by slipping on a pair of comfortable boat shoes and you’ll be ready to salute the “twilight’s last gleaming.”
Kirsten Henning is a Fashion & Lifestyles writer at College Lifestyles. She is a sophomore at North Carolina State University, pursuing degrees in English (Language Writing, Rhetoric) and Communications (Media). She loves spending time with loved ones, indulging in ice cream, rescuing animals, going on tropical getaways, splurging on MAC cosmetics, and feeding her shoe fetish.