Welcome to the week of unproductivity. We?ve got rooftops, barbecues and exploding fire on the brain, but finding an outfit that?s appropriately festive (without venturing into Garth Brooks territory) is strangely tricky.
Here are a few tips on nailing your Fourth of July look.
Expand your definition of Americana Break out of that nautical-stripe rut and get inspired by another region of the country, the Southwest. We?re obsessed with this ensemble from Ralph Lauren?s Denim & Supply (shown above): a peasant blouse, a half tuck, beaded shorts--done ($90, $145). Denim & Supply, University Pl. at 12th St.; ralphlauren.com
Finally give that chambray romper a try You?ve seen it (or some variation) all over town, but if you?ve been wavering on the trend, now?s the time to pull the trigger. Rag & Bone gave its version a vented back just in time for July-survival mode ($140 on sale, because Rag & Bone loves America). Rag & Bone/JEAN, E. Houston and Elizabeth sts.; rag-bone.com
Be subtle in your color combos If you simply can?t bear veering from the traditional hues, try finding a print that incorporates other shades with the classics. The watercolor motif in this Aqua sundress ($98) balances out the red, white and blue with orange, yellow and green. Bloomingdale?s, Lexington Ave. and 59th St., and Broadway at Broome St.; bloomingdales.com