Dressing for the 4th of July (without looking flashy!)
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The 4th of July is seriously one of my favorite holidays because I love the fashion aspect of it. When everyone feels that sense of pride for their county and shows it through their clothes it makes me feel so much camaraderie.
At our house we spend all day on the 4th outside. We hit up our local parade in the morning, BBQ all day, and catch a firework show in the evening. It's hard to find an outfit that can hold up to all the events that go on during the day.
This year I really wanted an outfit that would be comfortable, for my pregnant self, and wouldn't be super flashy. I wanted to feel like I was enjoying the holiday rather than trying to win a 4th of July contest. I put together my quick tips so that you can pull together a non-flashy patriotic outfit too!
Pick your flag article
I love flag clothing so much! I've slowly been trying to add to my collection of flag clothing. However, I really would only use one item for your outfit. This item will be the focal point of your outfit. It will bring all the patriotic colors into your look without you having to go over the top. After I have that item I build the rest of the outfit around it.
If you aren't into flag clothing choose another print. Stripes or anything nautical has a very patriotic feel to it without being so blatant.
Choose two colors to focus on
When I try to fit all the patriotic colors into my ensemble I start to feel too flashy. I prefer to take a more casual route to 4th of July fashion. I let my flag accent piece stand out as my patriotic pride then I pick only two of the colors to focus on. I chose white and blue for this outfit and the neutral palette really helped the boots stand out.
It's also fun to mix in other colors that aren't red, white and blue, but still have a patriotic vibe to them, like olive green. It adds another element to your look without screaming 4th of July!
Don't forget your hair and makeup.
When I think patriotic I think braids, but I don't want to look like a little school girl with braids. So I tried this variation on double braids. This half up dutch braid was perfect because it kept the majority of my hair off my neck, but I still got to have a little bit of hair down, making me look like the mature adult I am.
I'm not a makeup artist, I've been doing the same thing since high school, but if I was really into doing something fun I would have paired this outfit with a bright red lip! It would have added that little splash of red to the outfit without making me feel like I was trying to hard.
What are your go-to 4th of July styles?
A few fun flag apparel options for your 4th!