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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.