How Fashion Girls Dress On July 4th

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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.

Slingback Sandal In Navy

$98

Everlane

Vegetable Tanned Leather Crossbody Flap Bag

$495

Mansur Gavriel

Calvi Sunglasses

$405

Prism

White Smart Culottes

$70

River Island

Color Block Cotton Top

$120

Solid and Striped

Top a retro bikini with a lightweight cardigan and printed shorts for a beachside bash.

Woven Flats

$230

J.Crew

Toquilla Hat

$200

Calypso St. Barth

High-Waisted Bikini Set

$48

Topshop

Petite Blue Cotton Cardigan

$28

Dorothy Perkins

Printed Brocade Shorts

$1,295

Dolce & Gabbana

A more sophisticated celebration calls for a tweed minidress and refined accessories.

Spelio Espadrille Sandals

$495

Paul Andrew

Tweed Dress

$1,225

Barrie

Golden-Glow Boosting Moisturizer

$45

Clarins

Diamond Cutout Fedora

$275

Lola Hats

Gramercy Mini Messenger

$49

Deux Lux