Summer is in full swing, and that means the 4th of July is upon us.
As you prepare for Independence Day, it’s time to search your closets for your best red, white and blue—and maybe pick up a few new things, too.
We’ve put together this style guide to help you find the perfect 4th of July outfit that you can wear beyond the holiday weekend. However you plan to spend Independence Day—from summer BBQ outfits to romantic rooftop firework displays—we have ideas for ensembles that will keep you cool, comfortable, and chic.
Keep reading for all of our best ideas for 4th of July outfits for women, including summer staples from our Red, White, & Denim collection.
What Do You Wear for the 4th of July?
How you pick your Fourth of July outfit will depend on your plans as well as your personality. If you’re like a lot of people, you’ll be on the lookout for 4th of July outfits for women that perfectly balance comfort and style.
Here are some of our styling recommendations based on your plans for the day.
To a BBQ
Whether you’re the host of the barbeque or a guest, Independence Day offers an excellent opportunity to show off your new 4th of July outfit. Most BBQs are on the casual side and outdoors, so you typically want to lean toward a more leisurely look.
For a laidback BBQ, create an easy, yet put-together ensemble with a pair of jean shorts or capris with one of our cool, colorful tees. This 4th of July outfit is a quintessential summer look that you can re-wear on any warm day.
If you’ve been invited to a more upscale outdoor soirée, something a bit more sophisticated is likely a better fit. When picking out your Fourth of July outfit, consider blending breathable summer fabrics with modern style. Stylish shirts with light wash jeans and casual, breezy sleeveless dresses are both excellent options for summer BBQ outfits. And all of these items can be closet staples for years to come.
Find shorts, cropped jeans, pants with turn-up cuffs, or denim skirts that are all perfect for a day of BBQing and mingling. Our So Slimming® shorts and jeans feature a smoothing panel that pulls in your midsection, so you can still feel confident in your denim after a long day of indulging. If you’re looking for denim that helps you look your best, even if you help yourself to seconds, we recommend our So Slimming® collection.
Our Striped Pull On Denim Skort is an excellent option if you expect to be playing the bustling role of the host but still want to look effortlessly chic. This style slips on and off for easy, comfortable wear without any buttons or zippers pressing into your midsection
To the Beach
If you’re spending the day on the beach, it’s the perfect opportunity to channel the Coastal Grandmother aesthetic. To achieve this look, consider wearing a pair of linen pants with a tunic top or button-down. Complete your coastal-inspired 4th of July outfit with t-strap sandals, a hat, and these stunning Shell Cluster Drop Earrings. If that’s not your style, a maxi dress is a simple solution that can be paired with a straw hat and statement jewelry.
You’ll also need to layer a swimsuit underneath. In our swim selection, you can find beautiful, colorful swimsuits that flatter your figure, like suits from Magicsuit®, which provide all-over slimming control. Bright blues and floral patterns are fun and festive for the Fourth of July. Make sure to find a matching cover-up to complete your swim ensemble.
Similar attire might apply if you or your BBQ host has a backyard pool.
To an Indoor Gathering
Not everyone wants to spend the day in the sun for the Fourth, and it’s perfectly fine to enjoy an indoor gathering instead. Many of these get-togethers may have a slightly more upscale feel, so you may be looking for 4th of July outfits that have a bit more panache.
Enter the Red, White, & Blue collection with everything you need to elevate your 4th of July outfit. Our Easy Chic Dress in Belladona Blue is festive yet eloquent. Wear it with flats or sandals to complete your ensemble. For a slightly more relaxed outfit, try our Linen-Blend Embellished Tee, which looks elegant while being effortless to style. Pair it with cropped denim and wedges for your indoor gathering.
These sophisticated styles are the perfect 4th of July outfits for women who need to dress to impress, but still want to stay comfortable.
Summer Outing Essentials
While your 4th of July outfit ideas will vary depending on your social circle, taste, and lifestyle, there’s one thing that applies to everyone: the importance of accessorizing.
Some of the most popular summer accessories include:
- Beaded sandals
- Sunhats—our Red Fringe Raffia Straw Hat is a summer essential
- Woven totes and printed canvas bags
Statement jewelry—incorporate blue into your 4th of July outfit with this Blue Agate Bib Necklace.
A solid color dress or top can be taken to the next level when paired with the right jewelry and accessories. And don’t forget our Red Wayfarer Sunglasses to finish off the look.
Need to easily transition your outfit from day to night? The Classic Americana Denim Jacket is both festive and easily matchable with almost any Fourth of July outfit.
4th of July Outfit Styling Considerations
The style you choose for the Fourth of July depends on where you’re going, who you’ll be with, and how long you want to stay. Whether you’re preparing for a weekend getaway or just planning to stop by a local party can make a big difference in what you want to shop for.
The most important factor that defines your ideal 4th of July outfit and overall summer style is you. Do you like to present a polished look at all times, or are there days when you like to dress down and kick your feet up? Are you looking to show off your legs, or would you be more comfortable with fuller coverage?
Asking the right questions to assess your style as you shop for your 4th of July outfit can help you narrow down what you’re looking for. If you need more inspiration, our Red, White, & Denim collection has everything you need to create a 4th of July outfit that fits the occasion but still feels like you.