ALL IN THE DETAILS: Baby You're A Firework

Barbecues. Sparklers. Pool parties. Flags. With the Fourth of July come and gone, that doesn’t mean that the patriotic threads have to go back in the closet. During the hot summer season, year after year I prepare myself and think of new ways that I can piece together an outfit that screams American spirit. Stars, stripes and everywhere in between, the options are endless with what may seem like too many styles and patterns to choose from. In the end, when the fireworks start sparkling, it all comes down to finding the cutest ways to rock your red, white and blue.

Wearing our nation’s colors on this important holiday seems almost too logical. However, wearing them after the holiday keeps the spirit alive. You can never go wrong with wearing these styles all throughout the summer.

When picking out an outfit for the Fourth of July, there are two different routes you can go down: cute and classy, or bold and flashy. Certainly I have sported my fair share of both looks, but it is all up to your personal style. One of my more classic looks includes denim shorts, a cream lace top and red lipstick for a pop of color. The Fourth is usually a time to go all out and be festive, but when in doubt, keeping it simple is the way to go.

I found this Fashionista down by the lake and she showed me her favorite places around her country club. Her look is refreshing, and a chic way to celebrate the country’s independence. To keep it simple, she paired a light, classic Vineyard Vines sweater with a pair of taupe scalloped shorts. Adding detail to the cut of a pair of shorts is an easy way to make any simple outfit more interesting. She then finished off the ensemble with her favorite Sperry Top-Siders and Kiel James Patrick, Jackie Lee pearl bracelet, for a very nautical look.

How To: Don’t be afraid to show your American pride! Keep it classic by pairing simple items, such as distressed denim shorts, a ruffled V-neck tank top and a muted lip. Make a statement by mixing in star and stripe patterns, like adding a pair of patriotic slip-ons or a criss cross wrap headband.