How can you celebrate Independence Day without looking like an extra in a beer commercial? First, ditch your star-spangled bikini. Second, take inspiration from the fashion crowd: The style pros like to riff on the red, white and blue color palette—whether through an abstract print or a thoughtful accessory—in summer-appropriate silhouettes and fabrics. Here, three outfit ideas that won’t make you look like something out of the parade.
Photo: Vanessa Jackman
A color-block knit and breezy culottes work everywhere from a boat in Maine to a garden party in Connecticut.
Top a retro bikini with a lightweight cardigan and printed shorts for a beachside bash.
A more sophisticated celebration calls for a tweed minidress and refined accessories.