This ensemble was inspired by Independence Day in the USA, which is usually a day of celebration with friends and family in casual attire. In that spirit I’ve put together four outfits that hint at the colour of the American flag in a subtle way. Instead of wearing red, white and blue, you’re choosing two of those colours. 

A Dress

Choose a casual dress in a shade of red, blue or white. A denim dress counts as a blue dress. Pair it with white footwear like sandals, sneakers, espadrilles or loafers. A pair of red shoes looks great with a blue or white dress. Finish off the look with a casual bag in any colour. I’ve chosen a  straw tote for an extra casual vibe. 

Blue Jeans & White Top

This rendition is the easiest to pull together. Combine blue jeans, trousers, shorts or a skirt with a white top, white footwear, and neutral bag. You could substitute the white footwear for red, but that would make the reference to the American flag less subtle. 

White bottoms & Blue Top 

Choose white shorts, jeans, trousers or a skirt and pair it with a blue top. The top needn’t be solid if patterns are your cup of tea. Finish off the look with white or blue shoes. I’ve chosen light blue sneakers to complement the ink and white in the rest of the outfit. Add jewellery, watch, eyewear and headgear as desired. A bandana tied to the handle of your bag is a sweet addition. 

We’re off to barbecue with friends for our July 4th, and although I’m not American, I’ll be wearing one of these flag-inspired outfit combinations. What will you be wearing?

July 4