Often regarded as the official kickoff to summer, the Fourth of July (and the long weekend that accompanies it) is a holiday full of enjoying the weather, eating great food and getting together with loved ones. And whether you have plans for a beach weekend, backyard barbecue or pool party, it’s also the perfect excuse to sport a stylish yet festive look that features red, white and blue.
Ahead, we’ve rounded up holiday-appropriate pieces for men and women, each with a suggestion on how to style it into a full outfit. These holiday-appropriate pieces avoid cheesy, and are more than likely to become your next summer staple.
Women’s outfit ideas
Crop Top ($17.99; hm.com)
Skip the stars and opt for a pattern that’s a little more unique. This red and white floral option is perfectly on trend, with a sweetheart neckline, short puff sleeves and cropped length. Pair it with blue jeans to check your red, white and blue boxes, or opt for the matching skirt for an adorable, effortless look.
Puff-Sleeve Smocked Top ($53.99, originally $69.50; jcrew.com)
Another cute crop top option, this one sports blue and white stripes in addition to elastic smocking around the neckline and bottom of the shirt. It’s super stylish when worn both on and off the shoulder, and the cinching along the waistline isn’t too tight or uncomfortable. It’d go extremely well with blue or white high-waisted shorts, along with some white sunglasses.
Universal Thread Short-Sleeve Shirtdress ($20; target.com)
For the holiday weekend and throughout the summer, a bright red minidress is such an effortless way to make a statement and brighten up a room. Keep it casual with sneakers or a beige sandal, or go all out with matching red-hot heeled sandals.
Who What Wear Ankle-Length Paperbag Trousers ($37.99; target.com)
Gingham is the perfect summer print — it reminds us of picnics, barbecues, lemonade and basically everything to do with warm weather. These fun pants are on-trend, with a high-waisted cut, paperbag waist and cropped length. Pair them with any crop top or with another Target gingham top.
Amaya Sleeveless Tiered Sundress ($188; nordstrom.com)
This relaxed sundress is an ideal option for a July weekend on the beach or by the lake. The tie-dye pattern is fun without being loud, and the cotton material is extremely high quality, making for a piece so comfy you’ll easily be able to wear it all day long. If you’re on the shorter end, it’s great to pair a midi dress like this with platform sneakers for a casual look that still gives you that extra bit of height.
Adirondack Short Overalls in Tile White ($118; madewell.com)
Short overalls are a super-easy and stylish option for the Fourth and all throughout the summer. They present all the pros of a one-piece (easier to style and throw on without much thought) with the added bonus that you can layer it with a colorful top.
Oversized Americana Tie-Dye Sweatshirt ($25, originally $34.99; oldnavy.com)
A piece to pair with the above overalls, this red, white and blue tie-dye design is unarguably patriotic but still wearable year-round. In addition to looking great with overalls, this piece also goes well with white cutoff shorts and white sneakers or sandals.
Eyelet Crewneck Flutter-Sleeve Top ($88; madewell.com)
This adorable eyelet top is such a lovely shade of red, and the flutter sleeves are a feminine touch that take it from simple to totally chic. For when you want to look stylish without being too dressy, this top will look great paired with virtually any denim bottoms.
Agolde Parker Distressed Denim Shorts ($128; nordstrom.com)
Denim shorts are undoubtedly a summer staple. And while these distressed shorts from Agolde are definitely an investment, the brand’s denim is a fan fave for a reason. One reviewer writes that these are “edgy and cute, without being too revealing,” while another calls them “the perfect combination of super flattering, sexy and cool.” Pair them with a white or red crop top and you’re set for any and all summer adventures.
A New Day Elbow Sleeve Eyelet Dress ($29.99; target.com)
For a dressier occasion, this white midi dress is Fourth-ready as is — simply add a pair of wedge sandals. Its gorgeous eyelet material, tiered skirt and puff sleeves make for a classic and elegant look that’s sure to garner compliments. For a bit of added fun, pair with a simple accent like a blue and white headband or a red manicure.
MWL Superbrushed Pull-On Romper ($79.50; madewell.com)
If you’re hoping to keep it casual and relaxed this Independence Day, a simple romper like this one from Madewell is a great option. Simply add red or blue accessories like a polka dot headband if you want to amp up the festiveness, or wear it as a cover-up over a brighter piece of swimwear.
Wild Fable Sleeveless Milkmaid Knit Bodycon Dress ($12; target.com)
If you’re headed to a fancier Fourth of July gathering, a simple yet stylish dress like this bodycon option is always a safe bet. The bright blue color is eye-catching without being too loud, and fabulous for pairing with a cute white bag and some red sunglasses.
High-Waisted PowerSoft Side-Pocket Biker Shorts ($26.99; oldnavy.com)
This Fourth of July, even your activewear can be festive. Bike shorts are one of this summer’s trendiest (and comfiest) pieces for tons of reasons. They’re super easy to wear with different tops, they’re practical for hot (and potentially sweaty) weather and they totally embrace the popularity of activewear as fashion. This 6-inch option from Old Navy is a bestseller with a nearly 5-star rating from over 200 reviews, and you can simply pair it with a white crop top.
Lulus Tiered Ruffle Linen & Cotton Miniskirt ($42; nordstrom.com)
A girlier take on the ever-popular denim skirt, this tiered ruffle skirt is a versatile piece that can be easily dressed up or down. Pair with sneakers and a cropped white shirt for a chic, simple look or with strappy heels and a flirty top for a head-turning outfit.
Vintage Sleeveless Striped T-Shirt Midi Shift Dress ($15, originally $29.99; oldnavy.com)
A T-shirt dress is one of the simplest ways to keep your look functional yet stylish. This blue and white striped option features a shift cut that will also keep you cool and comfortable no matter how hot it gets. Keep it casual with chunky white sneakers, or dress it up with strappy sandals and a bright red lip.
Rickrack Cattail Tiered Dress ($138; madewell.com)
When it comes to summer activities, a relaxed midi dress is always a fantastic option. This gingham tank dress features ruffled tiers and a unique trim, making it a festive yet understated look for any Fourth of July get-together. Pair with an oversized sun hat and some comfy sandals for an easy, breezy look.
Men’s outfit ideas
Go-Dry Cool Odor-Control Core Polo Shirt ($20, originally $24.99; oldnavy.com)
If you’re going for a classic look this holiday weekend, polos are always a solid option. The red and blue stripes on this option are subtle yet appropriate at any Independence Day gathering. And even better, the material truly is cooling and moisture-wicking, according to reviewers. For a slightly dressier occasion, pair this shirt with navy chino shorts and boat shoes.
Vintage Tie-Dye Pocket Gender-Neutral Tee ($18.99; oldnavy.com)
Tie-dye has been everywhere this summer, and it’s an easy, stylish way to sport your red, white and blue. This gender-neutral, 100% cotton jersey T-shirt is extremely soft (according to reviewers) and has a comfortable, relaxed feel. Since these shirts are gender neutral, you could snag a couple and take adorable matching pictures at your Fourth of July gathering. Just add blue jeans and white sneakers.
Slim Untucked Baird McNutt Irish Linen Shirt ($89.50; jcrew.com)
Linen is a fantastic material for hotter months. If you’re looking for a polished (but not too polished) outfit that doesn’t sacrifice a festive touch, this blue and white striped button-down might be just what you need. Pair with classic chinos for a stylish yet effortless look that works for Fourth of July parties and non-Independence Day occasions alike.
Speedo Men’s 8-Inch Colorblock Swim Shorts ($24.99; target.com)
For many, the holiday weekend involves a variety of aquatic activities — whether swimming, surfing, boating or just lying by the pool or beach. If you’re going to be sporting a swimsuit for most of the weekend, why not opt for one that’s Fourth of July appropriate? This Speedo option is classic, lightweight and made from a sun-blocking fabric that helps protect your skin from UV rays. Wear on its own or with a simple tank and water-friendly sandals.
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Built-In Flex Everyday Printed Short-Sleeve Shirt ($18, originally $26.99; oldnavy.com)
This everyday short-sleeve shirt is a fan fave at Old Navy. The red and white star print is perfect for the Fourth while not too loud that it’s unwearable the rest of the year. Plus, the button-down design is definitely dressier than your average T-shirt, which is good for making that nice impression on any friends or family you may not have seen in a while. While this shirt would look great with blue jeans, we’d opt for white shorts for a fun and super-summery look.
Amazon Essentials Men’s 3/4 Sleeve Baseball T-Shirt (starting at $13.10; amazon.com)
There’s something so all-American about a 3/4-length baseball shirt, and this option is no exception. The classic blue and white color palette works in any wardrobe year-round, but is particularly great for any Fourth of July outdoor hangs — especially if there are any sports involved. Opt for dark-wash jeans and you’ll be ready for outdoor grilling and backyard baseball alike.