Stars, Stripes and Great Style

No matter what you’re doing on July 4, the dress code is universal—festive. While stars, stripes and American flags are fun, taking them literally is sometimes a fashion faux pas. I put together some of my favorite looks for a variety of destinations that manage to fuse classic holiday spirit with on-trend summer style. Cue the fireworks…

Related Content
Elevate Your Beach Attire With Bling

On The Boat

For a day at sea, Mara Hoffman’s red one piece tank exudes Baywatch vibes yet provides ample coverage in case you want to take a dip. Make sure to add Rag & Bone’s mirrored aviators, plenty of SPF and a packable fedora like this one by Eric Javits. When it’s time for sunset drinks at the marina, I love something easy like Free People’s blue and white striped tunic dress and silver Ancient Greek slides for a look that is a unique mix of Martha’s Vineyard and Monaco.

Backyard BBQ

For a more laid-back venue, keep the look casual and playful. Star prints are still a strong summer trend and the perfect way to show off classic American style. Chaser’s red and white star print tee flaunts a strappy back and looks great with a distressed denim mini skirt in a cool light wash. Continue the casual vibe with a pair of denim espadrille sneakers and Ray Ban’s iconic Wayfarers.

Beach Clambake

Whether you’re relaxing at Atlantic Beach or surfing at Ditch Plains, soak up the sun in Onia’s lace up bikini top and bottom. Subtle red, white and blue stripes make it festive enough while a lace up neckline brings sophistication into the mix. When the sun goes down and the lobsters come out, layer on Frame’s Aldred denim cutoffs, add J.McLaughlin’s white linen shirt (I love knotting it at the hem) and stay warm while you wait for the fireworks.

rachel belkin

Rachel Belkin is a native Long Islander who recently moved back to Woodbury with her husband and two young sons. Rachel has been working as a fashion copywriter for over 10 years and has collaborated with many brands including J.McLaughlin, Judith Leiber, Talbots and Armani. When she is not working, Rachel is watching sports with her boys, shopping online or spinning on her Peloton.