Whether you're headed to the beach or a backyard barbecue, here are some ideas to leave you inspired.

By Sri Rain Stewart
Updated May 07, 2021 @ 7:00 am
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4th of July Outfits
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The more we think about summer fashion, meeting up with friends, and the possibility of finally taking a beach trip in the near future, we end up zoning in on one day in particular: the Fourth of July — and, of course, the weekend that leads into it.

There's no doubt this past year has been a big one in terms of discussing the faults in our country, whether we're talking about racism, capitalism, police brutality, transgender rights, literally anything having to do with the COVID-19 pandemic, and so, so much more. But we have to hope that through tough conversations, ongoing education, and small changes, progress will continue to be made. We are capable of improving and prevailing, and we've had some small wins — a new president, access to vaccines, a slow return to a new normal. These are things worth celebrating.

So, whether you're spending some time relaxing in the sun or plan to meet up with family for a small, yet long-awaited barbecue, we've rounded up a few Fourth of July outfits to help you get a little patriotic for the holiday in 2021.

Prep For the Pool or Beach

With your bathing suit underneath, slip on a more relaxed cover-up, like a linen set that includes a button-down and drawstring shorts. Opt for red, white, or blue (or all three) swimwear to stay on theme of the American flag colors. Or, better yet, go for a star print. A bucket hat to shade you from the sun will complete the look.

Embrace Revolutionary Red

We like to stand out and a bold red two-piece will do just that. Stacking on simple jewelry, such as a few gold chains and bangles, keeps the focus on the 'fit, but adds a little something. Then, you can finish things off with a pair of flats or low-heeled sandals for a slightly more casual take. 

Try a White Summer Dress

It's the quintessential summer piece that anyone can pull off and, depending the material and styling, can be luxe or casual. From linen to silk, cotton to rayon, a white dress is perfect for celebrating the Fourth of July. Aside from amping it up with accessories of your choice, try fun nail decor to make a statement.

Slip On the Perfect Onesie

This cute romper with a collar gives off preppy vibes, not to mention is a nod to the classic 1964 James Bond film, Goldfinger. While Dua Lipa's exact look is sold out, a great alternative is a fitted onesie or knit shorts that will keep you dry from sweat. We're also taking note from the singer to pair our own outfit with retro sneakers. Ice cream should also be included.

Let Your Swimsuit Double As a Top

Versatility is never to be undervalued and a one-piece swimsuit can also work as a bodysuit. Pair it with lightweight pants and you're set for shifting from the pool to the celebration. Don't forget your easy slip-on slides

Show Some Pride or Make an Important Statement

There's a lot of power in what we wear. It's how we express ourselves and, at times, is a way to tell the world what we believe in. One way to celebrate Independence Day is to keep in mind what people around the U.S. are fighting for and against and express your values or pride through a statement T-shirt. Buying a design from activist organization or a brand that pledges to donate proceeds will also ensure you're financially helping a cause.

Think Pretty Puff Sleeves

The puff-sleeve trend is still going strong and we're not mad about it. We especially like options with a square neckline, which definitely give off Bridgerton vibes. You can wear this style in a dress silhouette or as a top paired with jeans, denim cutoffs, a pleated skirt, etc. Perhaps that versatility is why this sleeve is here to stay. 

Add a Standout Accessory

A white tee styled with denim creates a timeless outfit. While a floppy sunhat is a great addition, it's Candice Huffine's red bandana that really stands out here. With this summer scarf around your neck, you've got yourself a festive look that'll work for any outdoor barbecue. Looking for a less common combination? Pair this accessory with a dress or jumpsuit instead.