How to stylishly dress patriotic on July 4 and be the belle of the backyard barbecue

Mail Online | 6/14/2019 | Pandora Amoratis For
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Your July 4 party invitations are about to start rolling in.

What better way to commemorate the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence than in a patriotic ensemble?

Pool - Party - Backyard - Barbecue - Soiree

Whether you're attending a pool party, backyard barbecue or a swanky soiree, FEMAIL rounds up easy ways to look fashionably festive without resembling an American flag.

1. Wear a fun colorful print

Leave - Wearing - Blue - Amateurs

Leave wearing red and white with blue for the amateurs.

For a subtle and stylish way to look patriotic, wear a fun print like paisley, polka dot or plaid (not stars and stripes!), in just TWO of the flag's colors.

Print - Separates - Accessories

Ground the bold print by pairing it with solid colored separates and accessories.

Bring your bathing suit in case you want to take a dip in the pool or hot tub, and carry a bag large enough for a change of clothes.

Home - Sunglasses - Opt - Sandals

Don't leave home without your sunglasses and opt for flat comfortable sandals that are easy to take on and off.

2. Show your stripes

Blue - Prints

Blue and white striped prints looks nautical and feel all-American.

For a barbecue on the 4th, take a cue from the fashion pros and skip any unnecessary bells and whistles (hello oversized star sunglasses), instead team the print with basic separates and neutral accessories.

Location - Terrain - Heels - Grass - Inches

If you're not sure of the location's terrain, avoid thin heels that will sink into the grass. To look polished, add inches to your frame with wedge shoes.

For a touch of glam, complete the look with some bling and a wide brim hat that will protect your face from the sun's dangerous rays.

Memorial - Day - Fashionistas - Leighton - Meister

With Memorial Day behind us, it is officially acceptable to wear white (although fashionistas like Leighton Meister and Eva Longoria ignore this archaic rule!).

Nothing screams elegance or summer fun like an all-white ensemble.

Cocktail - Party - Rooftop

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