Fashion & Accessories

By Alexandra Taylor

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As the summer unfolds and the temperature rises, there is no better reason than a festive holiday celebration to beat the heat in your best patriotic-wear. With 4th of July around the corner, the mid-summer season can always guarantee a return to nautical stripes and preppy, All-American sportswear styled garments.

For a casual celebration, mix and match red, white, and blue with a laid back pair of denim or linen shorts and a tee or blouse paired with fun accessories. Try the pair of white linen Compass Point shorts from Anthropologie.com ($68) with a blue cotton-poplin shirt from J. Crew.com ($72) for an easy-chic look for a rooftop BBQ or a 4th of July picnic. For a poolside celebration bring along a stylish swimsuit like the Tempest Bandeau Bikini from Anthropologie, perfect for a relaxing summer’s day. Pull the look together with a great pair of blue and white striped Journal Sandals ($158) and an accented red satchel bag ($132) from Madewell.com. Throw on a printed scarf and you are all set for a festive holiday.

For an evening or more dressed-up 4th of July event search the racks for a stylish yet comfortable summer frock paired with a jacket for a versatile look from day to night. Try a crisp white cotton dress like the Halijjo lace-trimmed dress from Malene Birger available at net-a-porter.com for $345. Style the white dress with a sophisticated blazer from Rag and Bone ($450). The white striped crepe blazer has a sheer finish which is a great alternative for the summer. Accessorize with a pair of platform wooden wedges. Bottega Veneta’s leather wedge sandals ($482) have a modern shape and perfectly accent the crisp white dress. Anthropologie’s colorful Tinalak clutch ($268) with bold ikat zigzags and a bright beaded red bracelet from Madewell ($45) compliments the clean lines of the white dress and striped blazer.

Originally published July 2011

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