How to Dress for July 4th (No American Flag Shirt Required)

The Fourth of July is nearly here. And if you’re like most guys, you’ll probably be inspired to throw on the red, white, and blue. Nothing says patriotism, after all, like draping yourself in some Stars-and-Stripes glory. Unfortunately, from a style perspective, red, white, and blue can be tricky to pull off—at least if you don’t want to look like a borderline jingoist.

The colors may not run, but all too often they will make you look like a jackass. Thankfully, it’s possible to rock the combo without destroying your style. You just have to approach it from the right angle. Here are three outfits to keep you looking good while getting your ‘Merica on.

1 Let White Work for You

One trick to avoiding the Uncle Sam look is to mute the colors a bit. Pair a soft red linen short-sleeve button-up with some white cotton chinos, and then finish it all off with minimalist, navy blue suede Feit sneakers.

Menen raspberry linen classic-fit shirt ($225) by Orlebar Brown,; stretch slim-fit chinos ($98.50) by Polo Ralph Lauren,; hand-sewn suede low ($520) by Feit,

2 Go Dark

Another trick is to darken the red and the blue—think navy and maroon instead of their vibrant counterparts. To make it really pop, just add a pair of classic white Jack Purcells.

Pocket T-shirt ($18) by Everlane,; Hudson tab-front chinos ($168) by Todd Snyder,; Jack Purcell classic sneakers ($65) by Converse,

3 Embrace Your Inner Prep

For the aspiring Kennedy, here’s an outfit with a nautical feel. Pair a classic navy-and-white striped T-shirt with a red Harrington jacket and khaki shorts. And then, for that extra prep flair, go for white Adidas Stan Smiths with a navy heel tab.

G9 modern classic Harrington jacket ($390) by Baracuta,; striped cotton-pique polo shirt ($220) by Burberry,; classic cotton short ($79.50) by Tommy Hilfiger,; Stan Smith sneakers ($60) by Adidas,


Or you can just steer into the skid. Up to you.



Related Posts