What’s not to love about the Fourth of July? It’s practically tailor-made for fun, starting with the barbecues al fresco and yummy picnics and ending with a literal bang. Bonus: It’s also a chance to don a playful daytime outfit that hits the perfect balance of stylish and easy-breezy. Don’t fall back on lazy looks (read: denim cutoffs and flip-flops). Instead, upgrade your hot-weather style with an airy, effortless dress or sharp, interesting separates, paired with flat leather sandals that are as cool as they are comfy.
So your style leans a little more minimalist-chic than frilly frock. No prob. Combine a simple, breezy silk shirtdress with streamlined accessories that work a touch of on-trend detailing, such as the Lucite accent of these black-and-white sandals and the snakeskin of the cuff. Add a pop of vivid color to give it a little daytime-ready lift. Ombré shirtdress, $295 at Rebecca Taylor; Brady flat leather and PVC sandals, $204 at Tibi; Snake-print bracelet, $95 at Vince Camuto; Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac cross-body bag, $195 at Shopbop; square studs, $34 at C. Wonder.
A tried-and-true choice for casual daytime fun gets a
stylish makeover when combined with a vibrant digital print top and
neon-and-neutral accessories. Zelda floral-print silk blouse, $129.50 at Club Monaco; navy chino shorts, $45 at J.Crew; Ella Moss Karina sandals, $110.99 at Zappos; Coral studs, $7.99 at Target; Foley + Corinna Mid-City canvas foldover bag, $183.19 at Amazon.
There are cooler ways to work in on-theme red, white, and blue without resorting to the obvious. We like an understated approach to Americana—like chambray in a modern, effortless silhouette, offset with a dash of red snakeskin in the sandal and finished with a seaside-inspired rope necklace and a trendy stack of delicate gold rings. Sam & Lavi Noontide chambray dress, $128 at Anthropologie; Rachel Zoe Gladys sandals, $140.99 at Zappos; Corded Knot necklace and Wire-O stacking rings, $50 and $25, respectively, at Kate Spade Saturday; Marc by Marc Jacobs Too Hot to Handle drawstring bag, $198 at Nordstrom.