Happy Monday! It’s officially summer and the 4th of July is next Wednesday! I feel like the 4th of July is one of the holidays that people get the most excited about/into it. Target has been busting with patriot swimsuits and t-shirts for a while now! Lol. Anyway, I’ve always liked the 4th because it’s feels like the kick off to summer and as a kid we usually celebrated the 4th at my grandparents lake house where we would boat, tube, ski, swim, play with our cousins, sit around bonfires, grill out…all of the lake activities! Those are some of my very favorite memories. Although I love the holiday, I’ve never been one to get super dressed up in red, white and blue. I have a hard time buying all of the themed clothes because you only wear them once and honestly I kind of think they’re cheesy…is that un-American of me? Well don’t fear, because I do think it’s fun to dress up for the 4th, but I prefer to do it with items I already own! If you’re like me and your looking for ways to Americanize yourself next week without purchasing a new flag-centered wardrobe, I have some tips for you!
1. Use what you have
This is my favorite way to dress for the 4th of July. Everybody has items that are either red, white or blue in their closet already. I guarantee that you have basic pieces that could be put together to make an adorable and festive outfit without buying a thing! For example, put on a cute white blouse with denim shorts and you’re automatically festive!
2. Don’t focus on the “theme”
This sort of relates to the first tip, but don’t focus on wearing something with stripes, stars, flags, etc. I personally think that a cute red summer shirt with a white denim skirt looks more put together and just as festive as a t-shirt with a flag on it or something that is “American” themed.
3. Mix in details other than clothing
I used this tip in the outfit above. I have this blue and white striped dress that I can wear all spring and summer, but I added a red lip to make it look more festive. You could also wear red sandals with jeans and a white t-shirt or blue sandals with a white dress and a red lip or jewelry! In all of these examples you can use clothing you already have and accessorize your look in a way that makes it look intentional for the 4th of July.
4. Spread it out
Again, I feel like this tip relates to all of the others, but instead of trying to wear a graphic t-shirt or an American flag bikini, spread out the festivity by wearing a blue and white striped swimsuit and pairing it with a red t-shirt or a red baseball hat, or wear a solid red dress and pair it with white wedges. This makes your patriotic outfit look way more chic, and bonus because you can wear all of the items throughout the summer, rather than only on the 4th of July!
I hope you guys enjoyed these tips! Hopefully it helps you think of ways you can use your normal summer wardrobe to create festive outfits next week!
(PS idk what happened to the pictures in this post or why they are so small. I tried to redo this post like 4 times and finally just gave up. It is what it is!)