If you haven't gotten it by now, we'll put it explicitly this time: We love any opportunity to dress up, even if that means withstanding eye-rolls from our friends. For the 4th of July, we're not ones to shy away from the red-white-and-blue color trio. Oh no‐in fact, we plan our Independence Day outfit days in advance. Whether you're heading out of town, up on a rooftop, to the shore, or straight to the bottom of a pitcher of drinks, here are some chic—and slightly cheesy—4th-of-July looks for every itinerary.
If you're "Headed to a BBQ with some co-workers and then to a rooftop pool party..."
Above, from left: Rococo Nail Polish, $16.50 , available at Space NK; Zimmermann Thorn Corset Swimsuit, $230, available at Net-A-Porter.com; CK by Calvin Klein Modern Cotton Fitted Panel Skirt, $182.62, available at ASOS; Anna Lou of London Star Earrings, $16.91, available at ASOS.
If you're "Hitting up Cafe Habana's new West Coast outpost to double fist a corn-on-the-cob and a mojito..."
Above, clockwise from left: Topshop Striped Bandeau Top, $13 , available at Topshop; Pixie Market '70s Denim Shorts, $89, available at Pixie Market; Madewell Canyon Messenger, $128, available at Madewell; LORAC Lipstick in Breakthrough Performance, $22, available at Sephora; Pare Gabia Colne Sandal in Marine, $147, available at Dear Fieldbinder.
If you're "Crashing a vodka-sponsored event with a grip of your downtown friends..."
Above, clockwise from left: Alexander Wang spring/summer 2010 runway look, via Alexander Wang; Sophomore Twist Tank, $48.30, available at La Garconne; Converse All Star Stars and Bars Hightops, $85.39, available at My Theresa; Topshop Denim Cut-Off Vest, $60, available at Topshop.
If you're "Taking the train out to the Vineyard for a sea-side lobster bake..."
Above, clockwise from left: Forever 21 Roped Woven Shorts, $19.90, available at Forever 21; Quotation Roobie Peace Cotton Gauze Shirt, $128, available at Bloomingdale's; Madewell Ropey Soles Simple Espadrilles, $48, available at Madewell; Smith's Rosebud Salve, $6, available at Anthropologie.
If you're "Hosting a mint julep-fueled croquet tournament in your backyard."
From left: Forever 21 Patent Shoulder Bag, $10.80, available at Forever 21; Pins & Needles Striped Tunic, $38, available at Urban Outfitters; Mod Cloth Last Straw Hat, $29.99, available at Mod Cloth;
Grump's Croquet Game, $58, available at Grump's.
If you're "Staying Uptown with a magnum-sized bottle of champers and a rooftop full of friends..."
From left: Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Dragon, $23, available at Bloomingdale's; Aubin & Wills Carnforth Cotton Shirt, $101.50, available at Net-A-Porter; Roxy Jam Watch, $49.95, available at Roxy; Topshop Striped Blazer, $110 , available at Topshop.