Outfit Ideas: 3 Looks for The Fourth of July

We show you three different ensembles perfect for daytime fun.

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.


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.

See Also:
Beach Trip Packing List: Your Guide to Style on the Sand
Shorts Story: 15 Cute Pairs to Add to Your Warm-Weather Wardrobe
4 Steps to No-Melt Summer Makeup

Keep Up on DC’s Latest Fashions with Our Shopping Newsletter

Fashion finds and deals, and the latest trends for you and your home.

Or, see all of our newsletters. By signing up, you agree to our terms.