Sassy and sophisticated
Some summer parties go beyond hotdogs, hamburgers and beer. If you'll be attending a more stylish affair this Fourth of July, then we suggest upping the fashion ante with some more polished pieces. A floral shift with elegant heels and some oversize shades will create a look that's fun but fashion forward.
Get the look: J. Crew Swoop Dress in Punk Floral ($178), Marc by Marc Jacobs Oversize Round Sunglasses ($98), ALDO Kalika Double Strap Heeled Sandal ($127)
Heading to a pool party or beach-themed holiday bash? You might as well look the part with an easy-wearing outfit that's cute but ultra-comfy. A colorful strapless maxi dress, floppy sunhat and flip flops come together for an effortlessly cool summer ensemble.
Get the look: Zoe Velvet Strapless Maxi Dress ($112), Guess Floppy Hat with Metallic Trim ($35), GAP Contrast Leather Flip Flips ($25)
Preppy and pulled together
If you're going to a family party or maybe your boyfriend's parents are hosting a backyard bash in honor of the Fourth of July, a simple but polished look is the way to go. A classic pocket T-shirt tucked into a cute pair of shorts and worn with some T-strap flats are all you need to look pulled together.
Get the look: J. Crew Indigo Dot Short ($65), T by Alexander Wang Classic Pocket Tee ($88), Madewell T Strap Flat Sandals ($88)
No matter what type of party you attend, if you want to go boho-chic (a perfect look for summer), you can do it easily with a vibrant maxi dress. Make the look stand out with a pair of wedge sandals versus something flat and complete the look with a summer-ready straw clutch.
Get the look: Topshop Maxi Robe Tie & Dye Dress ($118), Kork-Ease Hailey Leather Wedge Sandals ($170), GAP Straw Foldover Clutch ($30)
Want to stand out? Summer is the perfect season to dress a little brighter and there's no better time to go bold than a party. Start with a vibrant mini, add an equally colorful bib necklace and step out in a pair of turquoise (or similarly bold-hued) wedge espadrilles.
Get the look: ModCloth Take a Closer Loop Dress ($60), Panacea Tiered Resin Bauble Bib Necklace ($68), Castaner Espadrilles ($140)
A laid-back holiday bash calls for a look that's relaxed and perfect for sitting around a friend's backyard, beer in hand, enjoying the long weekend. Start with some faded denim shorts, add a cute sleeveless top and pair the outfit with some flat sandals in a neutral color.
Get the look: J. Crew Denim Shorts in Patina Wash ($80), Topshop Knitted Sleeveless Crochet Top ($56), Kimchi Blue Daisy Cutout Sandal ($34)
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