Clothing & Accessories · Seasonal & Holiday

How to do Red, White, and Blue

Now that it’s nearly July 4th, you’ll be seeing a lot of patriotic threads at the store. It’s hard to pull off this look without looking too kitschy. Once you overdo it, you’ll look like a human parade banner. The rules are not so different for women and men, but ladies; you have a bit more latitude on this one. You should have navy and white in your closets this summer because they go with everything. Navy is a neutral and works with yellow, coral, bright pinks and oranges, teal, and so much more. For the patriotic holidays, work it with white and a splash of red.

Here are some tips for ladies:

Bold stripes are a good thing paired with solids and other patterns, if you dare. The broad stripes modernize the whole look. We love this dress for it’s simplicity and the fact that it can be toned down with a nude shoe, or sassed up with a red shoe or a bold red statement necklace. You’ll find plenty of this patterns on skirts that you can dress up or down (think a chambray shirt, or blouse with tiny white stars on it).


This is one is from Zappos for $98!

Red jeans or khakis are a bold choice, but will work for you in the fall. This pair from the Neiman Marcus are so wearable. We would go with solids and avoid patterns–red jeans are pretty bold. The model does it with neutrals, but we’d love to see this with a navy cardigan or cross body bag. Dress it up with pumps and a navy statement necklace. These will take you right into Fall.

Neiman Marcus, $124


Neutral accessories pare it down. It will keep you form looking like an American flag and will work to make the whole outfit less distracting; especially if you’re going with a patterned look. We’d love to see this bag with a pretty gold watch and cute pair of neutral wedges.

Kate Spade New York Cedar Street Cami
Zappos Luxury $148 For Men…

It’s in the details. Invest in a festive pair of socks or belt. If you can pull it off, a bow tie is cute, but avoid actual flag patterns. Blue and white stripes or polka dots will keep you looking modern.

FBT-FLAG - Red - White - Blue - American Flag Self Tie Bow Tie
Amazon, $17.95

Keep it tailored and occasion appropriate. Look dapper because of his tailored jacket and pocket square. Red pants are hard for most men to pull off, but if you commit to it, like above, they will go a long way. Note that he’s pictured by the water, which is likely the place you’ll get away with daytime this nautical look.

Blue jeans count. We kind of love this look from Old Navy. It’s simple and effective. A red accessory or cute American Flag tank underneath is festive without being over the top. We also love that these are only $40 because the overall trend is…well a trend. But have fun with it!

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