The Fourth of July is honestly one of my favorite holidays, mostly because of the magic that I feel is inherent in fireworks and sparklers. Some of my favorite memories are of going to Flathead Lake for their fireworks display, cuddling up in a blanket and watching the glittering explosions rain down on me from my boat. That, to me, is quintessentially summer and I love nothing more than the feeling of excitement and glee that accompanies those moments.
I brought some of that whimsy into this look with my star choker, which I bought recently from American Eagle. Honestly, I didn’t even buy it with this shoot in mind so the fact that this opportunity came up basically was fate. Fourth of July magic at work, people.
For my outfit, I tried to emulate the good ol’ American flag with my red and white striped long-sleeve which I got from the sale section of Forever 21. Let me tell you, that gigantic and messy sale section actually can have some amazing finds. Speaking of amazing finds, I paired my flag-top with these vintage shorts from Betty’s Divine! They are honestly my favorite find ever and I wear them everyday. Plus, they aren’t just made-to-look vintage, they are actually-came-from-the-past vintage! Amazing! And of course, I had to finish the look of with a favorite of mine and of America’s: my original Chucks from Nordstrom Rack.
July 4th really snuck up on me this year. I swear just a second ago it was May, I had just gotten done with finals and those flowers that April showers famously bring around were popping up everywhere. Then I blinked; and the wildflowers on the mountains had shriveled up due to the hot Montana sun and I suddenly had to go to my closet and find my best and brightest red, white and blue.
The 4th of July is definitely iconic. It’s a time where everything feels like it could be out of a summertime Coca Cola commercial and people escape the bustling city and find sanctuary at their lake houses and cabins. I don’t have a lake house. I don’t have a cabin. But I do have some clothes fit for a Coca Cola commercial so basically, I’m killing it.
For my outfit for this independence day I tried to create a classic and quirky look. My red and blue button-down from Urban Outfitters is perfect for the July heat since made from crazy light weight fabric and my light wash American Eagle shorts are comfortable and a light enough shade of blue to almost qualify as the “white” in the American color scheme.
I chose to thrown some Converse on my feet since they are classic and a shoe I never regret wearing. And lastly I accessorized with a star studded blue choker from Zara and a navy scrunchy from H&M to jazz up the look and give some extra American flag flair. And there you have it, an outfit perfectly patriotic and fit for any 4th of July affair! Happy Birthday, America. I like living in you.
Whether you’re spending this Fourth of July barbecuing with your family, hanging out at home or enjoying some time on the water, it’s always fun to dress for the occasion. The Fourth of July has quickly become one of my favorite holidays. Family time, delicious food and sweet summer sunshine all accompanied by pops of red, white and blue, make my heart happy to put it quite simply.
For my outfit this year I’m wearing this adorable blue and white striped button up from the Who What Wear collection at Target. I’ve been looking for a piece like this for ages, and couldn’t believe it when I placed this gem in my red plastic shopping cart a few weeks back. I paired it with some light wash distressed denim shorts from Forever 21 and my white Converse sneakers, for that cool and casual Americana vibe.
As for the red in my red, white and blue, I tied a red bandana from Madewell in my hair, and applied both red lipstick and nail polish for extra pops of color. Happy Fourth, everyone! Have fun, be safe, and wear something you feel amazing in.
Photography by McKenna Munden | @kennaphotography