How to Be Festive this Independence Day Without Overdoing It

red dress

Independence Day is just around the corner and you know what that means, right? It’s time to plan your killer Fourth of July outfit! There tends to be two different types of celebrators; the ones that go all out, and the ones that roll their eyes. I seem to fall closer to the “all out” camp. I love getting dressed up, having a theme to work around, and spending time with friends in family. Oh, and I love food. However, the abundance of plastic accessories purchased around the Fourth of July often makes me want to boycott the entire thing. Let’s find a happy medium and discover a way to have a fun and conscious holiday. Below are festive pieces that can be worn with other eligible swaps or garments in your own closet. Who needs to go to the store anymore?

Red

red clothes
Express dress, Vineyard Vines pants, Unknown scarf

Red is the boldest of the three patriotic colors and therefore should be used strategically. If you are going for the dress (14 points) then you don’t need to add any other statement pieces. I would recommend pairing this garment with small or delicate earrings, a denim jacket, and sneakers. For the pants (28 points), try to pair it with a striped or simple patterned shirt (not necessarily blue and white!) Adding another solid colored item will be overkill and won’t make the right statement. If accessories are more your style then rock this scarf (3 points) with denim or an all white outfit! Let this red color be the center of attention.

White

white clothes
Dislay Paris top, Poetry dress, American Apparel romper

White can be tricky when attending a, normally, outdoor event. Dirt, condiments, and drinks will not be your friend! However, if you’re going to a beach party or confident in your coordination, then check out these bright white pieces! The tunic is a great piece to take you from day to night. Pair the tunic (5 points) with your favorite bathing suit and sandals during the day, then slip on some wedges and dangle earrings at night. Accessories with elements of blue or red could go well with this but shouldn’t be overpowering. The dress (29 points) is a great example of a one-stop-shop piece. Although the only patriotic color involved is white, the horizontal design creates that flag feeling. You can pair this garment with a denim jacket and strappy sandals for a casual look. Lastly, the romper (12 points) is simply a perfect cover up for any pool party, beach bash, or boat adventure you’re invited to this holiday!

Blue

Blue clothes
Express dress, Xhilaration dress, American Eagle Outfitters denim shorts

Last, but certainly not least, there is blue. I believe that this is one of the easiest colors to coordinate with outfits– especially since many of us have decided that denim is a neutral! Combine the strapless dress (12 points) with tan or beige wedges and a light cardigan. This outfit could be complemented by a pair of statement earrings or necklace, but as always, don’t overdo it! The spaghetti strap dress (6 points) is a full statement all on it’s own and should be worn with simple white sneakers, or neutral booties. You can throw on a denim jacket to dress down the look and keep you warm in the evening breeze. Staying super casual? Throw on these denim cutoffs (11 points) with a striped top and your favorite sneakers. A red headband can finish this off as the most comfortable holiday outfit yet!

 

Audrey Stanton

Audrey Stanton was born and raised in the Bay Area and is currently based in Los Angeles. She has attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, London College of Fashion, and received a BFA in costume design from the California Institute of the Arts. Audrey is deeply passionate about conscious fashion and hopes to continue to spread awareness and love for ethical consumption. Visit her blog audstant.com and follow her on Instagram for lots of #slowfashion inspiration!


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