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July 04, 2013  | by: Kelly Hanelt
Twitter (@MTVstyle)

Twitter (@MTVstyle)

 

On 364 days of the year, wearing any combination of red, white, and blue is typical, colorful fashion. It’s easy and it’s common. Yet on July 4th, these three colors are so loaded with symbolism and bursting with American pride that an outfit that was once easy to select now seems impossible and tacky in the most antagonistic way.

Holidays are notorious for questionable style, and while not as traumatizing as ill-fitting Halloween lingerie or Christmas sweaters that always seem to have more ornamentation than the actual christmas tree, the Fourth of July has faux pas a plenty. Luckily, with a little inspiration from the right people, enviable Independence Day style is within your reach. Now this year you can show up to the barbecue without the horror of having the same outfit as the tablecloth…

Tip #1) Like the above image of Selena Gomez, the downright easiest way to navigate Fourth of July style is to eliminate a color. May I suggest one of the primaries? Besides being one of the most adamant trends right now, white is easy, goes with everything, and I’m about 99% sure is in your closet. Pair a white top with some cutoffs or a red skirt and you’re good to go.

Flickr (the geneva collection)

Flickr (the geneva collection)

Tip #2) If you insist on saying yes to all three colors, say no to stars and stripes. We get it, you dressed like the flag. Very creative. Woo. No disrespect to America, but our flag isn’t necessarily the chicest thing to ever happen to a rectangular piece of fabric. Unless you’re committing to the stars/stripes theme one thousand percent (by which I mean whipping out your full-on shield-included Captain America costume), it’s best not to try to pander to this trend as it tends to end up looking cheesy. If your outfit resembles merchandise from Party City, it’s time to rethink some things. You can instead opt for red white and blue in different patterns to keep the theme fresh, like this outfit to the right. The hints of white in the retro-style top and A-line skirt are tied in perfectly with the brown accessories for a refreshing take on Fourth of July fashion.

Tip #3) A little flag goes a long way. If you want to again, deny my prior advice and find a way to work the flag into your outfit, subtlety is key. Choose one piece or accessory and play it up*

* Because too many people misunderstand the blurred line between themed and tacky, there are do’s and don’ts involved here:

DO: a little diy

Flickr (i eaT sTars)

Flickr (i eaT sTars)

 

DON’T: wear these. Ever. You’re not Ke$ha, you should want better for yourself.

Twitter (@ShopLaRevoltosa)

Twitter (@ShopLaRevoltosa)

 

DO: Match an otherwise neutral outfit with a patriotic scarf.

Twitter (lulusdotcom)

Twitter (lulusdotcom)

 

DON’T: Make a statement with your feet. The American flag is not supposed to touch the ground, least of all on your shoes.

Flickr (EGOandGREEDshoes)

Flickr (EGOandGREEDshoes)

 

DO: remember to simplify. A little goes a long way, especially when it comes to the American flag.

Flickr (@NYC CURB APPEAL)

Flickr (@NYC CURB APPEAL)

 

Twitter (@americanapparel)

Twitter (@americanapparel)

Tip #4) Don’t forget your fingers. Want to be spangled with stars, but you just don’t have the clothes? No worries, your nails will do. Nail art is the kind of hobby that suits itself to summertime and you have to go no further than Google or Tumblr for hundreds of ideas for Fourth of July fingers. It’s a win-win. Plus, you only need like three colors. So really it’s a win-win-win. Now that’s American.

Now that I’ve supplied you with enough Fourth of July fashion inspiration to keep you wearing red, white and blue until mid-October, what are you sporting for the holiday?

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