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Easy Outfit Ideas for Your Fourth of July Weekend

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Over in our Private Facebook Group, we had a fun discussion about what to wear on the Fourth of July. So I thought I would create a few looks to inspire whatever your plans may be with a subtle and chic nod to patriotic dressing.

As usual, today’s post is filled with wearable, mix and match pieces, in a wide range of sizes. Some items you may already have, since my goal is to help you build out a wearable wardrobe, other pieces you can pick up to further expand your outfit options.  

Easy Outfit Ideas for Your Fourth of July Weekend

Easy Outfit Ideas for Your Fourth of July Weekend

I know this summer looks different.

Many of us are not doing anything the way we are used to. I was supposed to be in Santorini on the 4th for my 40th Birthday trip. We have been planning, saving, and hoarding airline miles for years. After talking to our readers, it sounds like many of you had to cancel or reschedule a much-anticipated trip too.

It’s disappointing, for sure, but it’s hard to be too upset. We’ll go next summer; it will still be amazing. I don’t know about you, but after the last four months, I’m just grateful for all the little things I took for granted before now.

So this weekend, I’ve stocked up on wine, did a Trader Joes run on snacks and apps, and if all I do is sit outside under a tree and hang out with friends for a bit, I’ll be happy. And we’ll toast the fact that it’s July, and we’re halfway through this ridiculous year.


Long and Flowy 

Easy Outfit Ideas for Your Fourth of July WeekendDress, $188  |  Hoops, $30  |  Sandal, $248  |  Clutch, $30

If you are embracing the dress this summer, like I am, this one, by J. Crew, is so sweet. It’s just the perfect print for a mid-summer gathering. And can I say that I am hoping J.Crew pulls through their bankruptcy because we need this kind of size-inclusive brand as we head into the new world of retail. (P.S. the dress is currently 40% off.)

With the bold print, you want to keep your accessories elevated but simple. These bamboo-style hoop earrings on sale for $30 are perfect, and add some texture with this woven clutch – a total score from DSW.

Finally, the Tory Burch Patos sandals are an investment (and my favorite summer shoe of all time), but quickly climbing up our reader favorites list, so I want you to see all the easy ways to wear them to get the most out of your purchase.


Easy Outfit Ideas for Your Fourth of July WeekendSkort, $88  |  Top, $27  |  Sandal, $50  |  Ray Bans, $169

Are you headed to a pool party or outdoor BBQ? In many parts of the country, it is super hot out. The trick to looking pulled together and staying cool is thoughtful details on summer basics.

I used this popular sleeveless top from Banana Republic, finished with lace trim, and paired it with this fun skort from Lilly Pulitzer. I love the idea of a skort; you get the look of a skirt and the ease of a short.

Another cute skort to consider is this equally vibrant print from Talbots, in a full range of sizes, including petite and plus on sale for $25. 

Then, these white Sam Edelman sandals are simple like a flip flop but feel more dressed and I added my favorite summer sunglasses by Ray-Ban.

White Jeans

Easy Outfit Ideas for Your Fourth of July WeekendTop, $41  |  Pants, $34  |  Sandals, $100  |  Hoops, $48

We’ve talked a lot about white jeans this season, so I wanted to give you another option. These skinny ankle jeans from Wit & Wisdom have a TON of petite sizes and are available in “regular” sizes up to an 18, and in plus size up to a 24 here. They run big so size down. 

Then, this comfortable and lightweight chambray top. It’s sleeveless with a slight domain cut so that it will drape nicely. 

Finally, our go-to sandals from Sam Edelman, available in a zillion color and print options, and these bold pearl hoops from Tuckernuck – be sure to see them on the model before ordering. They are bigger than you would think. 

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Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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Wednesday 1st of July 2020

Ordered the clutch from DSW. Thanks for cute ideas!


Wednesday 1st of July 2020

Great ideas on what to wear on the 4 th. I love all the outfits, but the white jeans outfit is exactly my style. Thank you

Karen flores

Tuesday 30th of June 2020

Thank you, I too was supposed to be up and away celebrating my 60th, even though I feel 30-40. Love these ideas have similar in wardrobe, just need a few’s a go on the Trader Joe’s and a good book, I too work for myself, your choices are perfect for every age group, thank you.

Megan Kristel

Tuesday 30th of June 2020

Thanks for the kind note - and Happy Birthday!

Karyn Denton

Monday 29th of June 2020

Love the chambray top! Was looking for something similar and just ordered it. Thank you!


Monday 29th of June 2020

Megan - love the ideas for the 4th! The link in outfit # for the tuckernuck earrings links to Sam Edelman, can you send the link for the earrings again? Thanks. and Happy 4th of July!!!!

Megan Kristel

Monday 29th of June 2020

Thanks! Just updated.

Lynn E Montemuro

Monday 29th of June 2020

Except for the white jeans I like none of the above. Skorts are for old ladies they went out in 1970.

Megan Kristel

Monday 29th of June 2020

Oh well, we're probably not the right site for you. Take care.