Your Fourth of July fashion questions answered.
Q: Is there a sophisticated way to wear red, white, and blue?
A: I’m a big fan of going all out and embracing the wilder, more theatrical side of holiday dressing (see above), but there are certainly ways to dress patriotically without wrapping yourself in a giant American flag:
Q: Can I wear my swimsuit to a Fourth of July party if they don’t have a pool?
A: If you are planning to layer your swimsuit with other pieces, then sure — click here for some specific ideas on just how to pull it off.
Q: My boyfriend’s parents are throwing a fancy barbeque on the Fourth. What do you wear to a fancy barbecue?
A: It’s probably just like any other garden party, but with a little less denim. Just steer clear of cutoffs and flip-flops and you will be fine. Also, for your own sake and the sake of your host’s lawn, leave the stilettos at home and go for either flats or a nice, chunky heel or wedge, which is less likely to sink into the grass.
Q: I love all these red, white, and blue and American flag clothes and accessories, but I feel like I can only wear them on the Fourth of July and Memorial Day. Is there a way to make them work the rest of the year?
A: Totally! Just because they get sold a lot around the Fourth, doesn’t mean they are as holiday-specific as, say, a Christmas tree print would be. Use them as layering pieces so they don’t dominate your look or wear other attention-grabbing prints, embellishments, and accessories to try to draw the eye.