What NOT to Wear on the Fourth of July

Erin Fitzpatrick

T minus four days until one of the glorious holidays of the year: the Fourth of July. If you're looking for a festive—yet totally non-cheesy—way to flaunt red, white, and blue, you've come to the right place. We tapped J.Crew's head stylist, Gayle Spannaus, to steer us in the right direction.

Spannaus has a few helpful hints on what to avoid if you want to take the sophisticated route for the holiday. "Pick a lane: Choose stripes or stars, but don't wear both," she told Who What Wear. "Instead, I would add stripes to your whites for a little bit of pattern mixing. Or show your independence by mixing florals and stripes—it's a summery update to the traditional stars and stripes. But always remember to keep within the same tone and play with your scale."

As for shoes, Spannaus revealed the ultimate no-no: "Don't wear a spiky heel to a lawn party," she told us. "Instead, wear a flat, strappy sandal. Find one that is dual duty, that can be dressed up or down depending on your plans."

Lastly, Spannaus has some pointers for your finishing touches. "Don't forget your three S's: It's always important to bring sunscreen, a nice pair of shades, and a straw bag to complete any Fourth of July outfit." Amen to that.

Now you know what not to wear, scroll down to shop the J.Crew expert's Fourth of July picks!

What will you be wearing for the holiday? Tell us in the comments below!

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