Glam Slam: What To Wear To 4th of July Parties

Meryl Streep seen in a patriotic in 2009 Meryl Streep seen in a patriotic in 2009

How are you spending the long 4th of July holiday weekend? I’m willing to bet there’s at least one party involved at some point!

Dressing festive (like a very patriotic Meryl Streep!) is one way to go, but if you’re worried about looking like a red, white and blue cliche, then take a more simple approach.

“A foundation of white and denim clothing peppered with neon and metallic accessories feels fresh and upbeat for a fun day spent out in the sun with friends,” suggests Melissa Magsaysay, L.A Times Best Selling author of “City of Style: Exploring Los Angeles Fashion from Bohemian to Rock.”

“You might already have a breezy white cotton sundress in your closet (like Anne Hathaway’s) that serves as a perfect, light canvas to spice up with some bold accessories. If a sundress isn’t exactly your speed, simply pair a simple white shirt – something more elevated than a t-shirt, think about a top with eyelet or vintage lace detail, or go sporty with a racer back tank – with denim shorts.

It sounds basic, but statement-making accessories like a straw fedora with a neon band or bright colored flip-flops or espadrilles bring a playful aspect to an easy ensemble.

Now is the time to bring out the metallic sandals as well. Particularly since the outfit is simple, you can go for bold with a metallic gladiator sandal as well as pepper in some chunky bangles and a pair of vividly hued sunglasses or stay with the metallic theme and sport a pair of classic gold aviator sunglasses.”

Melissa’s book, “City of Style: Exploring Los Angeles Fashion from Bohemian to Rock,” is available at Amazon.

--Ryan Patterson

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