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8 Fourth Of July Style Lessons From Our First Ladies (PHOTOS)

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Fourth of July is a time for barbecue, the beach, fireworks... and dressing in red, white and blue. Tacky though it may seem, getting dressed according to the holiday theme is a decades-long tradition.

Don't believe us? Just ask our first ladies, who have the high-pressured task of showcasing their Independence Day wardrobes to hundreds of Americans each year. Michelle Obama has gone with stripes and prints (natch), while Hillary Clinton showed off her patriotic spirit with a jaunty scarf.

But there's no one way to do it. Herewith, eight Fourth of July style lessons from the First Ladies of the United States.

If you're going to go literal with a flag print, do it in small doses.
Hillary Clinton, 1994

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A chic headscarf will shield you from the sun.
Jackie Kennedy, 1961

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Simplify things with a monochromatic outfit in either red or blue.
Laura Bush, 2001

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Then again, head-to-toe white is stylish, too.
Grace Coolidge, 1927

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Spice things up with a floral print.
Nancy Reagan, 1985

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Why not add a festive brooch while you're at it?
Mamie Eisenhower, 1956

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If you're feeling adventurous, you could attempt a mix of stars and flags. But only if you're very brave.
Barbara Bush, 1990

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It's going to be hot -- ditch the sleeves.
Michelle Obama, 2012

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More style lessons we can learn from our first ladies:

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