Celebrate the Fourth in Style

Fourth of July Checklist
Splendid mini dress / Joie / J.Crew long sleeve shirt / J.Crew j crew / Jack Wills / Jack Wills halter top / J.Crew ballet flat / Coach leather handbag / J.Crew j crew jewelry / Forever 21 band ring / Head wrap headband / Sheer makeup / Snow Cone Straws / C. Wonder Striped Beach Paddles Set

It may be hard to believe, but July 4th is less than a week away. Don’t fret, there’s still time to get your outfits in order.

Luckily, the colors are in our favor…red, white and blue is a color scheme that virtually everyone can pull off. Preppy, nautical and classic – count me in! In fact, this year, I think I’m going to make the Fourth into a week-long celebration (there are certainly plenty of stars and stripes to go around!)

Here’s my checklist of Independence Day essentials to gear you up for the summer’s most anticipated celebration.


  1. Jack Wills Milholme Bikini Top and Bottom-An itsy-bitsy, teenie-weenie, poppy striped bikini that is cute and patriotic without going overboard.
  2. Splendid Voile Mini Dress- If you’re not sure what your Fourth of July plans entail, then a non-fussy, laidback dress is the way to go. This navy blue one by Splendid is my pick: it’s charming, can be slipped on at a moment’s notice and gives you free reign to accessorize as you wish.
  3. Twisted Rope Ring Set- A simple and subtle set of twisted rope rings that will lend a nautical twist to your day of red, white and blue attire.
  4. J.Crew Classic Straw Ballet Flats- An oh-so-effortless pair of straw flats embroidered with stars is casual enough to be worn with shorts yet sweet enough to be paired with a silk pleated pocket dress.
  5. Illesteva Leonard Sunglasses- Retro tortoiseshell shades are the perfect complement to your Breton striped tee and cuffed denim shorts.
  6. Coach Legacy Leather Flap Clutch- A timeless clutch to stow away the essentials and ready you for the night’s festivities.
  7. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen (SPF 85)-Don’t underestimate your fun-in-the-sun time – protect your skin with sunscreen
  8. J.Crew Beaded Rose Necklace- If white shorts and eyelet dresses aren’t your forte, then opt for a lovely statement necklace that boasts the flowers of the season.
  9. Snow Cone Straws- Maybe it’s just me and I’m nostalgic for my childhood (snow cones on the boardwalk!), but these red-and-white striped straws are a must-have. Be it a snow cone, smoothie, milkshake or your favorite summertime beverage, you need them!
  10. Joie Belmar Top- Your favorite lightweight t-shirt just got a whole lot fancier. Thanks to its embroidered lace neckline and hem, you’ll be going the sophisticated route this Independence Day.
  11. Striped Beach Paddles Set- From the beach to the park to your own backyard, a pick-up game of paddle ball is inevitable. Serve in style with this colorfully striped set from C. Wonder.
  12. J.Crew Long-Sleeve Pocket Tee- This borrowed-from-the-boys look will keep you cozy when catching a fireworks extravaganza (you know, just in case you get a little chilly!).
  13. 3’’ Chino Shorts- A summer staple that never gets old, J.Crew’s classic 3’’ chino shorts in chilly red will be in your rotation on the Fourth and, let’s be honest, all summer long.
  14. Navy Dots and Stripes Twistbands- Whether I include them in a pony tail, sweet side braid or just on my wrist, you can bet that I’ll be sporting these stripe and dot hair ties. (P.S. They come in redtoo!)



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