Hello, friends! We had a great vacation, but it sure is good to be home. Today I have a 4th of July outfit to share with you.
I always look forward to celebrating the 4th of July. Besides the fact that summer is my favorite season and I love a good fireworks show, I am incredibly grateful to be raised in the land of the free and the home of the brave. I know our country isn’t perfect, but it is home, and as Dorothy learned the hard way, there is truly no place like home.
We usually have a low-key celebration for the Fourth, but we always do something fun. This year we will probably attend the BBQ at our swim club, as we did last year. Supposedly you can see fireworks from the lawn, although last year it was rainy so we left early and just watched what we could see from our front porch. At any rate, there is always some sort of cookout and fireworks involved in our celebration.
I decided to take these pictures when I saw the American flag hanging on the little boat shack at our resort last weekend. I hadn’t planned to photograph a 4th of July outfit, so I had to work with the clothing I had with me. Fortunately I brought along this red linen shirttail tee!
This top is from LOFT, and it is currently 50% off, bringing it down to $14.75!!! For size reference, I’m wearing a medium. I honestly don’t know if I have the Wild Crimson or Rich Ruby, but I think it’s probably the darker red — the Wild Crimson. It also comes in peach and black. I’m considering ordering a black one, now that it’s on such a great sale.
For patriotic holidays, I like to look festive but classy. I usually wear some combination of red, white, and blue, but you won’t see me wearing an American flag print. I prefer a more subtle approach.
I had jean shorts and white denim shorts with me, and either would be super cute with this top (in fact, I wore the white shorts and red top to dinner one night) but I decided to go with cuffed skinny jeans for the photo shoot.
When you’re sitting on the lawn for hours, waiting for fireworks to start, it can get chilly and buggy, and I have found that jeans are usually the best wardrobe option. (I am a magnet for mosquitos, plus I hate to be cold.) If you’re going to a daytime picnic, and it’s hot, shorts are definitely the better option.
I considered carrying my white Tory Burch saddlebag with this outfit for a nice pop of white, but then I realized that I had this tan and white Beach Striped Tote with the cute red and white tassel detail.
I bought this Vera Bradley tote at a boutique in St. Michaels, Maryland, while we were visiting one evening. I actually bought it for a poolside outfit I was shooting this weekend (stay tuned for that!) but it also works perfectly with this outfit.
I love how the tan stripes pick up the tan from my sandals, and a tote is what I would most likely bring to an outdoor BBQ. You definitely want a bag large enough to throw in bug spray and sunscreen and perhaps a light layer for the evening. This bag is perfect for holding all of that and more, plus it’s lightweight and easy to carry.
I accessorized with my Stella & Dot Quill Layering Necklace & Engravable Bar Necklace. I like how the Quill Necklace adds some white to the outfit. I also wore my white and gold beaded bangles that were gifted by Alex and Ani. The hoop earrings compliment the rest of my jewelry without competing with it. These are only $28 at Nordstrom, and I wear them ALL the time. I have them in both gold and silver.
The jeans are my DL1961 Emma Legging Jeans that I cuffed for a more summery look. They’re currently $99 at Bloomingdales! They would also look cute un-cuffed if you prefer, or you could wear your favorite cropped jeans or jean shorts. I left my shirt untucked because it is just about the right length to keep me looking balanced and well-proportioned. When shirts are too long, I do the front-tuck.
LOFT Linen Shirttail Tee ($15!!!) // DL1961 Emma Legging Jeans (ON SALE for $99!) // Tory Burch Miller Flip Flops in Sand Patent // Vera Bradley Beach Striped Tote $68 // Kate Spade Laurie Sunnies // Stella & Dot Quill Layering Necklace & Engravable Bar Necklace // Beaded Bangles c/o Alex and Ani // Hoop Earrings // Tory Burch Fitbit Bracelet (fits the Fitbit Flex)
I hope this post gives you some 4th of July outfit inspiration! You can totally adapt this for items you have in your closet, although this red linen shirttail tee is only $14.75, so if you don’t have a nice red tee, it’s a great purchase!
Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the summer outfit she’s styling today, and come back tomorrow for my next summer outfit!
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