Summer Occasions: Americana

Celebrate the red, white and blue in Americana chic style!

Fireworks, picnics, family, friends and warm weather — it doesn’t get much better than the 4th of July! I am often asked how to celebrate the red, white and blue in style, without crossing the line into costumey. And it’s easier that you’d think. A fabulous light blue dress, cute red lace-up heels, bold white nails and even the perfect red lip can combine to create one stellar Americana look. Here are seven musts to own your Americana style:


  1. The On-Trend Choker

I love a choker necklace for summer, and the 4th of July is no exception. This blue ribbon with elegant pearl detail is equally as fresh with a fun dress as with an ankle jean, talk to me tee and city sandal. It’s the perfect “something blue” for the 4th.

  1. The Americana Red Lip

Summer days often call for a glossy red lip, and Lancome “matte shaker” liquid lipstick in Redy in 5 is one of my very favorite shades. I discovered this long-wear, rich red shade when hosting a New & Now fashion show in spring, and have been hooked ever since. The shade lasts all day without drying — perfect for going from picnics to fireworks.

  1. The Bright White Nails

I’ve always loved the unexpected nature of white nail polish. Although it’s a neutral, it becomes a bold choice when you opt for a true white manicure or pedicure. Essie’s Blanc is a great shade to achieve these cool nails, and is great compliment to a white, red or blue handbag or sandals.

  1. The Mod Cateye Sunglasses

Vintage-inspired sunglasses are always a “do.” And white cateye frames, like these from Vince Camuto, add a little Hamptons to your Americana style. They’re fabulous with a red lip, and the perfect topper to a summer-ready ponytail.

  1. The Versatile Tote

I love a summer tote bag for its versatility and laid-back vibe. For the 4th of July, a white tote, like this perforated style from Ralph Lauren, adds a touch of summer ease and pairs easily with your favorite blue and red pieces. I also dig how the perforation brings another texture to your fashion game.

  1. The Shoulder Show Dress

Summer fashion is all about the shoulder show — from cutout shoulders to off-the-shoulder looks, like this chic Vince Camuto dress. Whether you try the look with a blue or red blouse and white jeans or a blue and white stripe dress, like this one, it’s sure be a very chic ode to Americana.

  1. The Colorful Sandal

Whether your sandal is a slide, stacked heel or strappy, it’s all about adding a little color to your look. I love these Franco Sarto lace-up sandals in an unexpected red hue. Bonus: they are a perfect way to show off your white pedi!

Americana doesn’t have to mean flags and stars. You can translate your style your way on the 4th of July by creating a posh red, white and blue look that highlights the season’s hottest trends.

Contributor Jordan
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