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Non-tacky patriotic fashions

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

Pretty, patriotic finds

Let's face it — sporting red, white and blue from head to toe doesn't exactly scream style. But there are a few fun ways to show your patriotism that don't mean wearing an outfit that looks more like a flag than something fashionable.

Flag tote bag

Flag messenger tote

Pack for summer road trips or busy days in this durable Ralph Lauren messenger bag adorned with the American flag. The distressed look of the flag and leather accents give the bag some edge and ensure the overall look is stylish — not tacky. Pair this low-key accessory with denim shorts and a white tee for the ultimate Fourth of July fashion statement. (saksfifthavenue.com, $225)

tank dress

Tank dress

You can never have too many simple summer dresses and we're excited to add this stars and stripes print knit tank dress to our collection. The stretch fabric offers comfort in the heat and the easy-wearing design makes the dress easy to pair with anything, from flip flops and a sun hat to embellished ballet flats and an oversized tote. (urbanoutfitters.com, $59)

Camo Loafer

Camo loafers

Give any daytime or weekend look a subtle patriotic twist when you slip into these cute camouflage print loafers covered in star studs. We suggest pairing these fab flats with anything from high-waisted shorts and printed tees, to maxi skirts and fitted tanks. (shopbop.com, $175)

flag denim shorts

Denim shorts

Denim shorts never go out of style and they're a must-have summer wardrobe staple, so why not pick up a pair with a little something extra to offer? These classic five-pocket cut-offs come emblazoned with a fun stars and stripes print perfect for showing off your patriotic side this Fourth of July (forever21.com, $23).

Bikini

Bikini

Make a sexy and stylish splash at any Fourth of July pool party you attend when you strip down to reveal this sleek red, white and blue striped halter bikini. When you're not lazing by the water, simply slip on a pair of faded denim shorts or a loose maxi dress while you flirt and mingle. (bloomingdales.com, top $87, bottoms $72)

tee shirt

Graphic tee

Give any outfit a patriotic boost with the help of this striped graphic tee featuring a few glittery stars at the neckline. The relaxed fit T-shirt would look great paired with a black maxi skirt and strappy sandals or white linen pants and navy espadrilles for casual yet chic summer style. (jcpenney.com, $38)

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