With these subtly patriotic looks, there’s no reason you can’t share a little national pride every day of the year. Besides, in a time of over-expression and disparate opinion, walking the moderate line can be perceptively refreshing these days. Subtlety can offer as many opportunities to be creative as boldness can, so feel free to take advantage of such sartorial liberties!

There’s an endless amount of ways to celebrate 4th of July on the fringes, whether that’s with literal fringe, softer or creamier shades of RWB (like rose, cream or aqua), subtle and bold use of stars, stripes, denim and other motifs, or a playful integration of theme or trend — like the use of gingham, a tongue-in-cheek look, or even something more internationally influenced.

The key is to venture a bit deeper, or even ironically, into thought when it comes to selecting symbols that resonate with the more positive values of America, whether that’s the Wild West, the bald eagle or the cherry-red pouts of old Hollywood. You also can’t go wrong with denim-on-denim. Not only is it reminiscent of the rugged exploration of the country’s roots, it’s about as classic Americana as it comes. Whether you want to go bold and beautiful, or style an ensemble with a little more meaning, here’s a few ideas on how to celebrate the love of freedom on every level.


Sylvie Mus keeps independence day White House classy with a crisp, off-the-shoulder dress shirt, bold b&w striped waist-high pants and pointy red heels.

Claudia Holyknights brings oomph to another basic — rolled-up Levi’s — by pairing it with a crisp shirt of a similar kind (except with blue stripes), and touches of red on her lips and shoulder-bag.

Don’t be afraid to get a little cheeky like Ebba Zingmark. And one color from the RWB wheel is really all you need this season.

Stripes! Stripes! Stripes! Incorporating one major (instead of every) motif of the flag, like Anna Pogribnyak does, is a bold yet subtle way to dress up for the 4th.

“I’ve had this patriotic striped shirt for over ten years, and love it even more now. My fiery red tote from Brahmin was the perfect addition to this patriotic look, tying it all together with a bright splash of color. I kept the rest of the look minimal with white culottes and nude sandals.” — Meagan

Justine Bergès’ high-waisted blue jeans, red and white striped jersey, and matching beret, is the perfect combination for that all-American girl with a Frenchie soul look.

Jyotsna says hello to independence with a polka-dot ruffle dress reminiscent of star-spangled blue.

Denim isn’t just for the frayed booty short anymore. Madeline McGuinness stays stylish with a clean-cut jacket with rolled-up sleeves, paired with a striped boat-neck tee and black mules.

Chanel Robinson gets crafty with a fringe denim top, while embracing the neckerchief trend. White shorts and matching red sandals integrate every color in a crisp and classy way (without overdoing it).

Karissa Marie lets out her inner summer child with a playful gingham-print jumpsuit, simple nude sandals and a charming straw hat.