TREND: Patriotic Pretty

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Each 4th of July, families and friends gather across the country to spend time together, barbecue, and watch fireworks in honor of our nation’s birthday. Whether you’ll be spending the day with pals or with grandma, a fresh summer dress in patriotic colors is a great outfit choice that will guarantee both style and comfort all day long.

This Fashionista’s dress is a terrific example; the unusual pairing of the classic feminine cut and bold print is unique and eye-catching. She accessorizes by adding a white tote bag, tan heels, and gold rings, keeping the look simple and allowing the dress to be the centerpiece. A dress like hers can be dressed down by easily switching out the heels for sandals or a colored sneaker. To achieve a similar look, try to find dresses that juxtapose a classic silhouette with bright colors and prints. Dresses that are form fitting on top and flow into an a-line skirt enable their wearer to create the illusion of an hour glass shape, plus they are readily available this season. Several options include this vibrant shirtdress from Anthropologie, a colorful Steven Alan dress with a bold ikat pattern, or this more budget friendly floral print with an empire waist pick from Gap.

Remember – holidays are for celebrating, not fretting over potential wardrobe malfunctions or uncomfortable clothing. Choose relaxed, tailored pieces and you will be able to enjoy the day with flair and confidence.
 

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