3 4th of July Looks for When You’re Feeling Patriotic Again.

Ahhh the 4th of July. A somewhat odd summer holiday when everyone seemingly forgets the political hellhole that our country is currently entrenched in and celebrates ‘Merica the good ‘ole fashion way: with beer, BBQ and, for some reason, fireworks. For me, there is no better 4th of July scene than the one from Sandlot where the whole squad plays an awe-inspiring game of baseball while Ray Charles croons ‘America the Beautiful.’ Now, I’m not suggesting that you play sports this summer — I won’t be — but you can at least acknowledge the fact that the 4th of July brings about a certain sense of American childhood nostalgia.

When I was growing up, my family bought a house in rural Pennsylvania. They thought that, with us being city kids, we all needed a break from the noise and a chance to run around in the grass. And run around we did. The 4th of July was either spent in the woods with a cookout and a gaggle of our family members who were staying the night, or on my uncle’s roof in Manhattan. He’s lived at the South Street Seaport since before I was born, back when they actually sold fish on the street and the entire neighborhood smelled like something had gone horribly, horribly wrong. But, he had an amazing view of the Brooklyn Bridge and, therefore, the fireworks that would got set off under it.

This summer I’ll be spending my 4th in rural Colorado with my boyfriend and his family, not unlike the holidays from my childhood. Ever the planner, I’m horribly confused about what to wear. Getting dressed for the 4th is tricky if you’re like me and exclusively wear black and gray year-round. Are you supposed to wear all three American flag colors? Can you stick to just one? Can you wear all three without looking tacky? I’ve yet to wear something that I feel proud of years later.

But this year, I’m thinking one step ahead of everyone and planning my looks out in advance. No scrambling to pack something festive for me! Whether you’re spending time at the beach or with family, I’ve got you covered with three failsafe looks. Make sure to check back to my Instagram to see what I actually end up wearing.

We all know that babydoll-style everything has come back in a major way this summer, and I’m diving in head first. I love the idea of dressing in a cutesy way without looking like I’m playing dress up — it’s such a reversal from my outfits of years passed, where it felt like the more skin I showed, th better. To keep the look chic instead of silly, try going for pieces that feel more adult: linen dresses with low backs or cutouts and high-quality shoes. Bonus points for wearing a pair of frilly socks.

Dress: Urban Outfitters, $59

Shoes: Repetto, $365

Hair Clip: Alexandre De Paris, $110

Heading out to the beach this summer? Go for something a bit more casual. Think of this look as your go-to beach vibe for when you want to look put together, but you also don’t want to look like you’re trying too hard. This coverup from Flagpole can also double as a dress for later if you swap out your one piece for a demure lace bra. Also, feel free to live in these sandals by Steven all summer long.

One Piece: Solid and Striped, $158

Cover Up: Flagpole, $475

Sandals: Steven, $59

For when you just want to keep it casual, you can’t go wrong with a pair of denim cutoffs. This wrap top from French fast-fashion favorite & Other Stories is the perfect way to look casual without looking sloppy. A pair of canvas sneakers will last you a lifetime, and this pair from Superga adds a bit of festivity to an otherwise basic look. If it’s a little chillier at night, try going for a pair of distressed jeans with a frayed edge for a more lived-in look. When it’s all said and done, I’ll probably be wearing some rendition of this exact outfit.

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