9 Sophisticated and Festive Fourth of July Outfits

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July 4 is approaching faster than you know it. This year, we expect celebrations might get kicked up a notch as more people become fully vaccinated and more of the country opens back up. Rather than pull out your old go-to flag tee, why not elevate things a bit? Here are nine Fourth of July outfits that are equal parts stylish and festive to shake up your summer holiday.

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1. Pick Two Out Of Three

Don't own much blue? Don't stress, you can totally keep the color out of your outfit. In fact, any combination from the trio (blue with white, red with blue, etc.) will look just as festive without being quite so on the nose.

Shop similar styles: Zella top ($39); Karen Kane pants ($129; $78); Demellier clutch ($425)

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2. Don’t Try To Fit All Three Colors Into One Piece

Opt for monochrome separates (or dual-toned options like the dress worn above) rather than trying to cram red, white and blue all into one dress.

Shop similar styles: Derek Lam 10 Crosby shirtdress ($395); Tory Burch bag ($358); Senso boots ($199)

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3. Try Muted Tones

Primary colors can be a bit much. Rather, focus on an understated print (with some addition of red, white or blue) that you can pair with white sneaks.

Shop similar styles: BeachLunchLounge ($68); Marine Layer ($125; $75); Desigual ($146; $103); Jason Wu ($395)

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4. Use Makeup To Your Advantage

An easy denim jacket or classic-cut blazer is always a good idea. You know what else is great? A bright red lip.

Shop similar styles: Sephora Collection ($15); Fenty Beauty by Rihanna ($25); Charlotte Tilbury ($34); Dior ($38)

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5. Ditto For Accessories

Bold lipstick not quite your style? Tie a red and blue scarf around your ponytail to transform your favorite LWD from simply cute to really ready to celebrate America's birthday.

Shop similar styles: Lauren Ralph Lauren ($45); Canali ($97); Brooks Brothers ($168; $84); Gucci ($495)

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6. Give Florals A Patriotic Spin

Oh, your floral dress already happens to be blue and red? Add a handbag in any of the three patriotic hues and call it a day.

Shop similar styles: Lulus ($78); The J. Peterman Company ($289; $84); Halogen ($99); Christy Dawn ($218); Love The Label ($325)

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7. Or Polka Dots

Basically any red, white and blue print that isn’t stars or stripes will look just as celebratory without feeling super literal.

Shop similar styles: New Look ($34); Vila ($72); BTFL-Life ($95); MICHAEL Michael Kors ($125); RIXO ($350)

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8. Keep It Streamlined

So you actually have the perfect shorts for such a specific holiday? Tuck in a structured button-down and take your look from costume-y to classy.

Shop similar styles: Treasure & Bond shirt ($69); 1.State shorts ($79); Furla bag ($328)

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9. Tuck A Denim Shirt Into A Denim Skirt

Pay homage to one of the greatest American inventions, denim, by wearing it from head to toe. Tailored pieces, like a puff-sleeve blouse or a sleek pencil skirt look much better than cut-off shorts or a chambray tee, especially when paired with sleek white sandals and simple jewelry.

Shop similar styles: Rebecca Minkoff top ($198); 7 For All Mankind skirt($79); Open Edit shoes ($50)

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