Perfect July 4th outfits for every occasion
Perhaps the most common Independence Day festivity of all, the humble backyard BBQ allows for some sartorial freedom. It's festive enough you can wear something a little bit dressy, should you like; but shouldn't you like, than casual works, too. So, go ahead: mix and match pieces from either side of the spectrum! You outfit will be better for it.
Bing: Cat-eye sunglasses, $495, Cutler & Gross, jcrew.com; RGB Cerulean nail polish, $18, rgbcosmetics.com; Nyota Ndogo star friendship bracelet, $20.36, us.asos.com; Molly check jersey dress, $248, marcjacobs.com; Marina mini-wedge espadrilles in chambray, $110, jcrew.com; Cannes tote, $134, Bop Basics, shopbop.com.
Picnic in the park
Do you really want to deal with sitting on a blanket in a skirt? What if you want to be cross-legged while you eat watermelon and potato salad? Or lay down for power nap afterwards? No, it's better to prevent wardrobe malfunctions with a pair of slouchy cutoffs, paired with flat(ish) shoes; you know, in case a impromptu game of frisbee breaks out!
Bing: Chambray sleeveless tie front shirt, $88, canadccalifornia.com; Mini wedge gladiator sandals, $59.99, Zara.Com; Double wrap bracelet, $14.99, mango.com; Fresh Sugar berry tinted lip treatment, $22.50, fresh.com; Nash slouchy shorts, $187, J Brand, shopbop.Com; Snap backpack, $65, everlane.com; Set Of 2 pyramid-design bangle bracelets, $29.95, Stately Steel, hsn.com.
Chillin' at the beach
Hanging around on the sand all day means you can keep it easy; just you, your bikini and a few low-key accessories. Of course, given the occasion, bonus points are awarded for squeezing in a red, white and blue color scheme. (Just please, no American flag swimsuits, okay?! The great thing about this particular look is that the other 364 days of the year no one will know you bought it for July 4.)
Bing: Konjo beehive cover up, $200, lemlem.com; Kilgore antique gold sunglasses, $119, toms.com; Bikini wrap flat sandals, $255, k. jacques, shopbop.com; Kevin Murphy Hair Resort spray 5.1floz, $20.99, amazon.com; Farmer's Market tote, jcrew.com; Women's pique mix & match string bikinis, $15 (each), oldnavy.com.