Ask Belle: Outfits for Independence Day
Jul 1, 2015
I received more than a few requests from readers about what to wear on the Fourth of July. For a day of parades, barbecues, and beach vacations, it’s best to keep it casual. If you plan to be outside, wear as many natural fibers as possible; polyester becomes unbearable after an hour in the sun.
As for what to wear, that depends on what you’ll be doing. Below, I featured two outfits, one for a casual barbecue and one for a nicer dinner while on vacation.
Barbecue, left: Tory Burch Tunic ($140) // Factory 4″ Chino Short ($22) // Marc Jacobs Tortoise Sunglasses ($120) // Goldtone Hoop Earrings ($30) // Merona Straw Bag ($32) // Gentle Souls Break My Heart Sandal ($130)
For the barbecue outfit, I wanted something totally functional. And washable. You never know when a grass stain, a spilled soda, or an errant bit of ketchup will find its way onto your clothes.
I like this Tory Burch tunic, but even the sale price is a bit high for a casual top. This Bloomingdale’s number suits me a bit better.
As for the shorts, many women buy neutral shorts and wear colored tops. In my opinion, a bright short with a neutral top looks more current. These jacquard shorts from Ann Taylor are cute. I also like these eyelet shorts from LOFT. Plus-size? Try these twill shorts from Sejour.
The dress has a pretty pattern that the photo isn’t doing justice. It looks a bit like crochet. The texture gives it a nice lightness. Other white dresses I considered, this Topshop sundress with an open back and this Adrianne Papell eyelet dress.
If you’re going to wear white, I like to add a colored piece of jewelry for pop. This Sanibel pendant is a good option. I also like this Kenneth Jay Lane pendant in a bold green.
In my experience it’s hard to know how much standing you’ll do at a barbecue. There are just never enough chairs at a group event. Both pair of sandals are built for comfort but also have style. I own the Gentle Souls pair, and I love them. And the Aerosoles pair have a great mix of texture and metallic.