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Trying to dream up the perfect Fourth of July outfit? I’ve got you covered, pal! It can be easy to over-think your red, white and blue ensemble, but all you need are a few key pieces to really make your look pop. Throw on your fave red bikini or your go-to white sundress and accessorize to your patriotic heart’s content!
OK, maybe you need a little more help than that. I’m guilty of thinking I’ll just grab something red, white or blue from my closet until the day of the party arrives and, as it turns out, I actually have nothing cute to wear. I never realize how much I need a red t-shirt in my wardrobe until it’s quite literally July 4—and by then, it’s too late.
Cue the ten outfit recipes below! Whether you’re more of a preppy head-to-toe eyelet gal or a badass fashionista dying for an excuse to wear a bright red jumpsuit, the look for you is somewhere on this list. Shop the specific pieces we’ve recommended below or dig through your own closet and piece together similar vibes with these outfit ideas as inspo. Either way, you’re going to look amazing.
While I’m all for a patriotic headscarf or a red, white and blue earring (as you’ll see below), there’s no need to be overly cheesy with your look. So long as you’re rocking some patriotic shades, feel free to opt for silhouettes you’d normally gravitate towards for a night out, from denim cutoffs and crop tops to cute summer sundresses. You’ve got this!
With that, read on for ten Fourth of July outfit ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Just be sure you don’t stain your lewk when you arrive at the BBQ.
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1. White Top + Palazzo Pants + Red Sandals
I’m a sucker for a flowy, breezy pair of pants, and these culottes fit our patriotic color scheme perfectly. Pair with your cutest crisp white top and some fun red sandals to finish off this festive look.
This Gathered Poplin Top from Forever 21 is an elevated take on a summertime staple.
These Torrid Culotte Pants work so well for the Fourth of July, but you can wear them all summer long, too!
I don’t normally splurge on summer sandals, but these Tory Burch Two-Band Espadrille Slides are beyond cute.
2. Red & Navy Floral Dress + Red Barrettes + Espadrilles
PSA: Draper James has an entire Fourth of July collection, and I’m living for this red and navy floral dress! Since it basically does all the work for you, accessorize with some classic Soludos espadrille sandals and a few red hair clips for a little extra flair.
The Poppy Love Circle Dress is about to be your new Fourth of July and Memorial Day go-to look.
These classic Soludos Espadrilles are a must-have for any summer wardrobe.
These red beaded barrettes are so affordable, but they take your patriotic look to the next level.
3. White Sundress + Red Headband + White Sandals
Ah, nothing beats a crisp white sundress, am I right? Chances are you’ve already got one in your closet, so I highly recommend throwing it on and saving yourself some coin! If you do want to splurge, this Lele Sadoughi pearl-embellished headband has a patriotic flair that works year-round, and these simple white sandals finish off the look.
I love the scoop neckline and intricate shoulder detailing on the Peixoto Farrah Dress.
This statement-making Lele Sadoughi Pearly Floral Headband can take any outfit from basic to runway-ready.
The buckle detail on the Sam Edelman Granada Slides is so good, don’t you think?
4. Red Bikini + Hair Kerchief + Flip Flops
If you’re attending a Fourth of July pool party, make sure your bikini is either red, white or blue! I’d accessorize this sweet two-piece with a red handkerchief in my hair and some basic flip flops. Bonus points if yours have a patriotic colorway!
The Lovers + Friends Adrift Bikini is a bright red set with white detailing around the trim.
Hair kerchiefs are so cool right now (um, have you seen Bella Hadid on Instagram?), and this one really fits the theme.
OK, can we talk about how cute these Ipanema Kirei Flip Flops are? I love the Fourth of July vibes!
5. Red Jumpsuit + Woven Clutch + Chunky Espadrilles
I’ve been waiting for an excuse to rock this bright red WeWoreWhat jumpsuit, and the Fourth of July is it! I’d pair it with summery neutrals—aka a fun woven clutch and some chunky espadrille wedges.
The only thing I have to say about this WeWoreWhat Belted Jumpsuit is WOW. So good.
If dainty, classic espadrilles aren’t your vibe, these Fry and Co. Espadrille Platform Heels might suit your style better.
The Mar Y Sol Mia Mini Clutch is the kind of thing you buy for one event and wear countless times all summer long.
6. Tie Dye Tee + White Denim + White Sandals
For a laid-back look, you can never go wrong with some crisp white jeans and a tie-dye tee—especially since tie-dye is this summer’s must-try trend! To give it an elevated look that doesn’t feel too summer camp, go for wide-leg jeans and a white sandal with silver embellishments.
This MOTHER The Slouch Cutoff Tee is such a classy take on this year’s tie-dye trend.
These Forever 21 Capri Flare Jeans are a must-have for breezy summer nights out.
I’m a big fan of the Sam Edelman Annalise Sandals. Love the velcro straps and silver ball embellishments at the base!
7. Eyelet Separates + Patriotic Earrings
Something about eyelet just screams summer to me, and if you mix and match correctly, you can make any two eyelet pieces work as coordinated separates. To keep the look from feeling too preppy, kitsch it up with some festive patriotic earrings.
This Place Nationale Eyelet Blouse looks as good with matching shorts as it would with light-wash denim.
These Express Lace Belted Shorts are super high-waisted, so you can either tuck in a blouse like the one above or rock your bikini top or crop top.
I’m sorry, but the Betsey Johnson Firework Fun Star Chandelier Earrings are the cutest things I’ve ever seen. Period.
8. White Swimsuit + Gingham Sarong + Red Sunnies
Another pool party option for you! Jazz up a simple white swimsuit with a blue and white gingham sarong and vintage-inspired cat-eye red sunnies. It’s an old-school look with a sexy, modern twist!
I stand by basically all Aerie swimsuits, and this Ribbed Knot One-Piece is especially nice.
This Draper James Tasseled Sarong can be styled SO many different ways.
Read my lips: Don’t overspend on sunnies you’re bound to drop in the pool! This SOJOS pair are a perfect pick.
9. Navy Striped Jumpsuit + Red Straw Tote + Clear Sandal
A jumpsuit allows for a one-and-done look, but that doesn’t mean you can’t accessorize, too! Throw on a navy and white striped ‘fit and pair it with a red straw tote bag and some stylish clear sandals for a polished finish.
This Eloquii Wrap Front Striped Jumpsuit is too cute, no?
This SSMY Round Woven Beach Tote is unique in that it’s a muted red, not a tan or black shade.
A clear shoe goes with everything, so these Steve Madden Issy Sandals are a must-buy!
10. Gingham Top Denim Cutoffs + Flag Sneakers
Sometimes you don’t want to get all dolled up, and that’s when you throw on your favorite jean shorts and a cute cami! A gingham print is always festive—especially when you’re rocking some patriotic footwear like these super-cute sneakers.
Dress this BLANK NYC Gingham Tie Shoulder Crop Top down with denim cutoffs or up with a flowy white skirt.
I worship at the altar of American Eagle jeans, and these Curvy High Waisted Denim Shorts are super comfy.
Simply no Fourth of July outfit is truly complete without these Blowfish Malibu Play Sneakers to finish it off.
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