One of my favorite holidays is the 4th of July because it’s quintessentially summer and encourages my #1 favorite color combination of red, white, & blue. I personally love “going all out” for the 4th and showing my American patriotism with my outfit, but understand those who don’t want to look like a walking flag like I do. I’m going to go over outfits for both ladies and gentlemen for casual and more formal 4th of July events, and also check out my post last year for more tips.
Here are a few examples of more casual outfits I’ve worn in the past. I always go for shorts and boat shoes, and then add a top that stands out. I gravitate towards stripes, seersucker, gingham, or anything bearing a flag (of course not wearing these patterns all together.)
Wearing a 4th of July outfit more on the formal side is a little trickier to wear all three colors. That’s why I’d focus on choosing two of the colors, and accenting with the third such as a belt, nail polish color, etc. I’m going to a clam bake on the 4th and will be wearing the dress on the far right. My dress is sold out since it’s from last summer, but this year’s version is really cute.
For men, I couldn’t be more in favor of colored shorts for the 4th. Nantucket red is one of my favorite summer colors on guys and think it would pair well with a crisp blue or white shirt and a needlepoint belt.
For a more formal 4th of July gathering, you want to hit that balance between dressing nicely but not too over dressed. This holiday is still on the casual side even when you’re dressed up. That’s why I like chinos, boat shoes, button downs, and topping it off with a bow tie for extra class. I’m putting my husband in this patriotic bow tie (c/o Port Royal Outfitters) for the 4th.
How are you celebrating the 4th? What will you be wearing?
4th of July is one of my favorite holidays not only because I love America and am very patriotic, but because you can continue to celebrate throughout the summer. It’s not like Christmas where the day after feels funny as you still have all your decorations up. I can dress red, white, and blue all summer long and see fireworks up until fall.
I wrote last year (one of my first blog posts ever) about what to wear on the 4th of July and included a few outfits I had worn the week leading up to the holiday. I said it last year and I’ll say it again – I love subtlety but save it for another event. I encourage going “all out” for the 4th because it’s a fun time of celebration and showing our nation’s pride. Our ancestors didn’t declare independence so we could tone down our patriotism. 😉
If you don’t want to look like a flag, I understand, so opt for two of the three colors and accent with the third. Here are my outfit ideas for three 4th of July events:
A 4th of July BBQ can either be very casual, or you can meet halfway and be a little dressed up. I love this Modcloth dress on the left as it’s the quintessential 4th of July outfit. Use accessories to add interest to your look, and don’t forget a “tide-to-go” pen at any BBQ type of event.
For fireworks, I err more on the casual side. My favorite piece above is the Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply shirt on the top right. It’s a very American look that’s sure to get a lot of compliments.
If you’re spending the 4th of July on a boat, go with a nautical look. Nautical and red/white/blue go hand and hand so use this to your advantage and look for stripes and fun accessories. I love the LL Bean flip flops with the lobster motif on them.
What are you wearing for the 4th? I’m going up north here in Michigan so I’ll probably have more of a casual outfit. I have a flag tank I got from Old Navy a few years ago that always makes an appearance. 😀
My husband and I hosted a 4th of July party at our house. It was a great evening of grilling, yard games, and fireworks. Here are a few pictures from our day –
my husband posing in front of the 10ft flag we bought for the garage
my friend Bri & me
people with flags on their clothes
When it comes to celebrating the 4th of July, going over-the-top is perfectly acceptable and even encouraged. Americans are known for being boldly patriotic and your outfit is no exception. Whatever your plans are for the 4th of July, they’re probably more on the casual side. Don’t be afraid to have fun and wear something a little louder than you would normally. I read one blog post about dressing for the 4th that said, “Just because it’s the 4th of July doesn’t mean your apparel is required to include all the colors of the flag. Opt for a subtly patriotic outfit”… Seriously? Go back to England.
Red, white, and blue looks great on everyone, but if you don’t want to drape yourself in a flag (I understand) then opt for sticking to two of those colors and a hint of the third. I put together a few outfits for the 4th of July: (L-R) The first look uses mainly red and white with a hint of navy for a classic patriotic look. The second look is perfect for a BBQ with this light-weight cotton dress that has a vintage vibe to it. The third is what I’ll be wearing on the 4th of July – flag tank, jean shorts, and boat shoes. Lastly, the fourth look is the best mix between subtle and bold, pairing white denim and chambray with a flag headband. You can’t go wrong with wearing those fabrics and adding a little americana into the outfit.