It might feel a tad irrelevant to talk about July 4 celebrations given that this year's Independence Day arrives at a time when many of us aren't feeling quite as patriotic about our country. The growing civil rights movement has shed a light on the many racial inequalities that still plague our country today, so it's important to acknowledge the work that still needs to be done before we can truly celebrate our freedom. (Take a look at our handy guide on anti-racist actions you can take.)
That being said, the holiday is right around the corner, so if you have plans for a picnic, backyard barbecue, or anything else in the works, it's still a chance to look cute and wear something festive, which is why we're delivering all the inspiration and shopping ideas you'll need for a standout Fourth of July outfit.
This year, we've turned to our favorite fashion girls to inspire us to plan a look that's fun but still chic. From classically cool stripes to stylish combinations of red, white, and blue, these outfits have the whole festive-yet-elevated vibe down pat—no cliché stars or flag prints in sight. Scroll down to see 10 stylish and easy outfits you can copy this Fourth of July and keep wearing all summer long.
Take your favorite statement top (we're fans of puffy sleeves), and pair it with crisp white jeans for a winning summer 'fit that works for the holiday and beyond.
Nothing is more iconic for summertime festivities than a classic white dress. This summer, it's all about smocked details and flowy silhouettes.
While wearing red, white, and blue can come off a tad cliché, the combination of red and white feels festive in a way that's more classic. We love the look of a red sundress punctuated by bright white sunglasses. (You could also pair it with white sandals or a white bag.)
Although dubbed the Canadian tuxedo, a double-denim outfit can also be a nod to this American holiday. We love how it's styled here with a basic white tank and sneakers to really let the blues do their thing.
Give your minidresses a fresh look with a pair of cowboy boots. Don't ask me why, but the combo just works.
An all-white outfit sounds simple enough in theory, but it actually brings a lot of personality. Accessorize with some gold jewelry and statement shoes—just be sure to dodge stains.
This year's celebrations are looking a lot more low-key than in years past, so if you're keeping things casual, this easy 'fit is for you and uses wardrobe basics you likely already own.
Scarf tops are trending yet again this summer, and the look feels festive for the Fourth, especially when you go with a bandana print.
Pleated shorts are having a moment this summer, and we love the simplicity of wearing them with a ribbed tank top. Fun fact: Dawn Tan actually wore this to her family's barbecue, so you know it works.
Last, of course, we have the striped swimsuit. Stripes automatically feel summery and give a nod to the U.S. flag without being overly cliché. In primary colors like red or blue, it's festive but still classic.
This story was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.
Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.
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