Independence Day Style: What to Wear on the 4th of July

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Macy's 4th of July fireworks 2010, New York City

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As all of our American readers know, the 4th of July is quickly approaching!

If you're in the mood to be extra patriotic for Independence Day, but aren't quite sure how to put something suitable together while still looking chic, never fear - we've got you covered! Here are five stylish 4th of July outfit ideas.

Outfit #1: Beachy

4th of July Outfit 1

Bikini - Shoes - Hat - Bag - Cover-up - Sunglasses - One-piece

If you're planning on spending the 4th by the water, this is the perfect outfit for you. Flat, white sandals are easy to wear and they'll go with pretty much anything in your closet, so you can keep rocking them all summer. Try pairing a patriotic cover-up with a suit like Madewell's red-and-white striped bikini; if two-pieces aren't your thing, Topshop's navy and blue polka dot one-piece is a great alternative. Remember your sunglasses and a floppy hat for extra sun protection, and - most important of all - don't forget to pack your sunscreen in a large tote bag like this one from Longchamp.

Outfits #2 & 3: Casual

4th of July Outfit 2

Bag - Top - Shorts - Necklace - Shoes

Opting for a casual look? Pair Topshop's American Flag shorts with an oversized summer knit, like this one from Free People. Add pops of color with a blue statement necklace and a bright red bag (the one pictured is Rebecca Minkoff's super-versatile MAC clutch). Classic sandals from Salt-Water are perfect for summer, and they're reasonably priced to boot!

4th of July Outfit 3

Hat - Skirt - Tank - Shoes - Shirt - Necklace - Bag

If you don't think you have what it takes to pull off those outrageous flag shorts, you might prefer a casual outfit that's a little more toned-down. Pair a blue pleated skirt with bright red shoes, and tie the look together with We the Free's American Flag tank (or a solid white top, like this side-tie one from Madewell, if you prefer). A fun, colorful necklace will really make this a standout look.

Outfits #4 & 5: Dressy

4th of July Outfit 4

Shoes - Dress - Necklace - Bag - Lipstick - Nail polish

Looking for something a little more dressy? Pair a white dress (this lace number from Topshop is pretty rad) with a bold, red necklace and navy espadrilles, which are perfect for summer. Add that "extra oomph" with a red lip color and/or nail polish - try MAC's Russian Red lipstick, which is blue-based and super flattering on a huge range of skin tones!

4th of July Outfit 5

Bag - Shoes - Dress - Necklace - Lipstick - Nail polish

If a little red dress is more your thing, try a red bodycon frock paired with a long blue necklace, like this one by Wendy Mink. Sky-high white pumps will complete your color palette, but don't forget your makeup and nails! Again, try a bold red lipstick like MAC's Russian Red, and maybe a blue nail polish; this one is Essie's Aruba Blue.

What do you think?

Are you planning on rocking red, white and blue, or do you think it's too much? What are you going to wear for the 4th? Any exciting Independence Day plans? Let us know!

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