Instead of reaching for that American flag bikini, our editors are looking to some inspired street style to put together something festive, but not cheesy. Just in time for your Fourth of July BBQ, beach day, or rooftop party, click through now to garner a little on-point inspiration that's not quite so literal and a lot more stylish — and it's all shoppable.
I'm all about Americana, so when Fourth of July comes along, I tend to venture away from casual cutoffs and go full-on prep — with a red, white, and blue spin. A striped fit-and-flare dress is just the ticket, and to keep the look from being too on the nose, I leave a pop of red to add-ons I can easily set aside — or to, in Taylor Swift 's case, a dramatic lip.
— Kate Schweitzer, editor
"I am a sucker for sequins — not least of all on the Fourth of July when the only way to rival the night's fireworks is with a splash of glitz. Anna Dello Russo's outfit not only incorporates the subtle glam I crave (I will be spending the holiday on a boat, after all!), but works in festive stripes and the perfect Summer sandal that will last me long after this month has passed. If only the dog came along with the dress!"
— Randy Miller, associate editor
My ideal outfit is something that lets you breathe, eat, and dance — but one you won't regret later when you're looking back at photos (read: no oversize t-shirts and shorts). So, I'm borrowing from this Summer-perfect street-styled ensemble and looking to a breezy crop top and high-waisted maxi, finished off with mirrored shades for a cool-girl touch — and of course, a hint of patriotic blue.
— Hannah Weil, associate editor
"For some, the Fourth of July and denim cutoffs go hand in hand. For me? I celebrate our great nation's independence by suiting up in my red, white, and best. My ideal look is centered around a cherry-red slip dress — cinched with an all-Americana plaid button-down — and statement-making shoes. This pairing will take you from a daytime BBQ to a night on the town with minimal effort. Now pass the corn dogs, please!"
— Mandi Villa, contributing editor
"I always start off by centering my Fourth of July outfit around the classic red, white, and blue color scheme. But then something really great catches my eye — something lightweight and movable that I know I'll be comfortable in when I'm traveling from BBQ to BBQ. This eyelet two-piece set that fashion blogger Valentina Siragusa is wearing is right on point. Paired with flat, strappy sandals, a small bag, and my go-to sunglasses, the look will feel complete. Sure, I might stand out from the crowd of girls sporting bikinis, but it is Independence Day, after all."
— Sarah Wasilak, editorial assistant