The Fourth of July is approaching, and what better way to celebrate the holiday than with fashionable pieces to show your Americana pride? When I was younger, my mom would often buy me a shirt reading “Happy 4th of July!” in red, white and blue writing from Target or Old Navy every year, but it was only appropriate to wear the shirt on that day. I wouldn’t even think about wearing it in public on any other day, so for me, it was like buying a dress for New Year’s Eve that would be only worn once.

Since I’m all about recycling clothes, I’ve found ten cool, comfy and cheap essentials to make your 4th of July outfit set off fireworks, whether you’re heading to a BBQ or on the town. Plus, these items can be worn after the holiday mixed with other pieces in your wardrobe to create completely new outfits. Celebrate the Fourth of July with a patriotic palette or red, white and blue pieces. Happy Fourth!

Small Star Stud Earrings, $35, Gorjana,




A cute accessory to add to the simplest outfit.

Star Stacking Ring, $33.99, Marc by Marc Jacobs,

Stack thin silver bands or mix metals and let your fingers show your star power.

Cut-Off Shorts in Vintage Star, $165, J Brand,

Printed shorts are all the rage this season, so channel your American spirit with a floaty white tank and flat sandals.

Women’s Cedar Sneaker, $55, Vans,

Upgrade your sneaks for these comfy star-print kicks, great with cuffed shorts or skinny jeans.

Stars Scarf, $34.99, Steve Madden,

If you don’t want to make a full commitment to the stars-and-stripes regalia, a scarf can do wonders to turn a basic outfit into an everyday look.

Music Festival Tank, $47.99, Lucky Brand,

The most Americana-like item on the list, pair it with white skinny jeans for a cute outdoor party look, or add denim cutoffs for a more casual beach outfit.

Drawstring V-Neck Jersey Dress, $15, Old Navy,

The perfect day dress for the beach or a day of shopping.

Karri 09 Canvas Striped Espadrille Flats, $24, Bamboo,

The cutest summer shoes blend nautical cool with a wear-with-anything vibe under $30. Doesn’t get any better.

Strapless Striped Maxi Dress, $63.71, Gap,

Mixing two hot season trends, stripes and maxidresses, into one ultimate summer staple.

Sahara Stripe Boatneck Sweater, $88, Splendid,

This lightweight shirt is perfect dressed up with a white denim mini or down with straight-leg jeans. And the cuffed sleeve is absolutely adorable.


Hannah Gettleman is a bubbly twenty-something living in Chicago. She graduated in 2012 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Journalism. Don't tell her that print is dying--she's already made the switch to public relations. As a Midwest girl, winter happens approximately 80% of the year, so she knows a thing or two about a good pair of snow boots. She lives for summer weather (even though she can never tan), Boy Meets World reruns, and an unhealthy addiction to dark chocolate and online shopping. She's a die-hard Chicago sports fan, even though she's well aware the Cubs always end up in last place every year.


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