Are you off today? Well I am and I’m taking the kids down to Kemah! But not without a nod to the upcoming 4th and your inevitable appearance in parades or backyard picnics fast upon you.
So let’s take a break from our career focus, and have some fun with fashion this summer!
How do you make Fourth of July casual wear work without looking too hokey or overdone?
We start with the obvious: the color palette is red, white and blue. But you can incorporate those colors without plastering a flag on your chest.
Here was my look for the 4th of July parade last year at the farm:
Start with a staple – BLUE jeans! (Although I know it may be too hot here friend, I went ahead with it to avoid my legs being eaten by mosquitos). I topped it with a short sleeve knit top that was navy with white polka dots. My favorite is that lightweight white cotton jacket I’ve had for a million years – it covers my arms, but is so light weight, and brightens up any casual outfit. My red – it was the pop of color in my wedges and a beaded necklace strand. Simple makeup and accessories and voila! It was still plenty easy to chase kids around (and the rest of the family used blue as the primary festive color and the boys gave their look a cowboy spin!).
Layering allows you to incorporate festive colors without it all having to appear on one garment. If you really want a nod to the flag, think about incorporating a lightweight striped jacket or skirt – my colleague was wearing a blue and white jacket yesterday with a small flag pin which was adorable!
Sundresses are also a great option in the summer. You could sport this adorable Chevron sundress (imagine it’s one piece) in navy instead of black, or this two piece more overt Fourth look. These are lightweight in the heat but still easy to move and sit in.
These simple shorts outfits could translate to a barbecue or boat ride (although you folks with littles may want to avoid that all white top!):
Where are you headed for the Fourth? How do you infuse patriotism in your look? Have a wonderful long weekend and I’ll see you back here on Monday!
Shorts outfits courtesy of Love, Elizabethany.