3 Ways to Pull Off Red, White and Blue in Style
With the Fourth of July and the Summer Olympics only a few short weeks away, it’s time to shift your focus from rounding out your arsenal of summer style essentials (and rocking your most scandalous clothing at the office) to piecing together an ensemble that shows off your national pride — and that means pulling out your best reds, whites and blues. Obviously, maintaining those haute standards is key (sorry, Uncle Sam — your style just doesn’t stack up), so a little extra thought is a must when combining these three bold hues. Consider this week’s Style Resolutions your guide to flawless #OOTDs with a patriotic twist. Scroll on for three hand-picked looks that will do your country (and your social following) proud.
How to Wear Red, White and Blue for Work
At the office, it’s all about keepin’ it classy. Instead of going all out, look for subtle ways to give your work-week staples a punch of patriotic color. Stick with tried-and-true silhouettes for an undeniably on-the-clock feel, like a classic collared shirt and elevated joggers, then spice things up with color and prints. Muted blue and white stripes and a red diamond pattern bring a sophisticated edge to an otherwise lively color combo. White comes into play through a pair of cream crossover flats (hello, new fave commuting shoes) and a tonal straw bag that’s perfect for stashing your everyday essentials (or a trip to the beach!).
Madewell Striped Terrace Lace-Up Shirt ($80) + Mango Printed Baggy Trousers ($50), Dolce Vita Delila Crisscross Sandals ($95), Corres Madrid Yazoo Silver Cuff With Onyx (POA), & Other Stories Snakeskin Eyewear Case ($29), Anthropologie Freshwater Tote ($118), Lily Lolo Lipstick in Parisian Pink ($18), Hermès Eau de Rhubarbe Ecarlate ($129)
How to Wear Red, White and Blue for a Night Out
If the thought of donning head-to-toe red, white and blue has you running for the hills, especially when it comes to your GNO wardrobe, there’s good news. You can still do the all-American thing without betraying your minimalist style sensibilities. Start by putting this trend-right cold-shoulder dress at the center of your after-hours outfit, then sprinkle in pops of red and blue through your accessories for a winning look that feels chic, rather than over-the-top. Red-hot tassel sandals keep feet happy and lookin’ fly (especially if there’s a shimmery pedi involved) as you hop around town, while a beaded turquoise choker brings a ’90s twist to the getup. Skip the red lipstick this time around, and opt instead for artfully applied blue eyeliner to give your beauty routine a runway-ready edge. Reach for this artsy zebra clutch as you run out the door to pull the whole look together.
Zara Studio Off-the-Shoulder Dress ($169) + J.Crew Tassel Sandals ($168), River Island Zebra Applique Clutch Bag ($41), Vanessa Mooney The Bombshell Choker ($216), By Boe Knotted Gold Dust Ring ($65), Bumble and Bumble Surf Infusion ($29), Lancôme Le Stylo Waterproof Eyeliner in Sapphire ($27)
How to Wear Red, White and Blue for the Weekend
Barbecues, outdoor concerts and bonfires — this carefree #OOTD is ready for whatever off-duty activities you throw its way. Floral embroidery and an apron neckline up the ante on your foolproof weekend uniform — tees and jeans — with their RN appeal, while sleek Birkenstock sandals slide your outfit into effortless chic territory. Weave the red and blue theme through the rest of your look with a bright saddlebag that keeps hands free for snappin’ pics and statement studs with glitzy blue gemstones that will put any fireworks show to shame. Show some support for your team as they go for the gold by rounding out your laid-back duds with a gilded manicure and sparkling shades.
W118 by Walter Baker Marcy Printed Crepe Top ($54) + H&M Embroidered Denim Shorts ($30), Birkenstock Madrid Slide ($70), Madewell The Asheville Saddlebag ($138), Mango Faceted Crystal Earring ($20), Formula X Transformers Top Coat in Out of Sight ($13), Italia Independent Pinko Sunglasses ($207)
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