Four Ways to Wear Red, White, and Blue With Style

A patriotic look can take a turn for the worse if not assembled correctly. Here, four Sweet-approved ways to wear Americana colors for the holiday weekend and beyond.

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Believe us when we say that we are all about dressing for an occasion. Be it Halloween, Valentine's Day, Memorial Day—you name the holiday and we've got outfit ideas to experiment with. So as the Fourth of July approaches, our minds are spinning with looks to sport all weekend long.

You don't need a fashion editor to tell you that when celebrating America, it makes sense to spring for the obvious trio of colors: red, white, and blue. But nailing your day-on-a-boat or BBQ-at-dusk attire isn't as easy as piling on these patriotic hues. There are certain guidelines to keep in mind, but nothing too difficult to master in the days remaining. Read on for four ways to do red, white, and blue dressing right.

Golestaneh Mayer-Uellner in a Balmain blazer in Germany. Photograph courtesy of Getty Images
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1. Stick to Classic Pieces

If you plan to wear a red-white-and-blue look, choose items that you would wear on any other day. This is a surefire way to keep your look from straying too far into Fourth of July costume land. Try a sky-blue midi skirt with a tailored white top and strappy red sandals that stand out—in a good way.

2. When Wearing a Patriotic Print, Pair It With Something Simple

We'll be the first to admit that when planning a look for the Fourth of July weekend, the first thought is to wear anything and everything decorated with stars. Unfortunately, a head-to-toe starry getup will leave you looking like a constellation gone wrong. By all means, wear a star print, but pare it down with a solid item like cropped trousers or shorts and a statement sneaker.

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3. When in Doubt, Wear Denim

These days denim pieces of all shapes and sizes are our go-to. So why should a holiday be any different? We love this Topshop denim dress worn with a striped shirt and suede slip-ons. Add a traditional pair of blue Ray-Bans, and you've got an outfit that's party-ready.

4. Don't Forget Accessories!

If you're not one to match your clothes to an occasion, you can still get in on the red-white-and-blue fanfare. Get dressed as you normally would, but accent your look with a fun accessory like a tricolor clutch or striped sunglasses. And for those who really want to celebrate the USA with their style, these Sperry flag-motif sneakers are for you.

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