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Red, Blue, & BBQ Outfit

Occasion: Swap meet, thrift shopping, football game, lunch with The Husband
Dress Code: Casual
Outdoor Temps: 85°F
Activity Level: Moderate
Wearing: Leith dress (flea market), Rubbish shirt (flea market), No Boundaries sandals (thrift store), Tumi Bag (Amazon), Baltic Amber necklace (Slavic Gifts (booth at Redondo Beach street festival))

We've got a huge three-day weekend coming up! Whether you're going on a trip or staying local for the 4th of July, chances are you might take the opportunity to celebrate with friends and family - so this week, it's all about easy outfit ideas to help you feel festive without looking overdone.

  • Avoid primary colors - they can look a little too young and cartoonish, so pick patriotic reds, whites, and blues in colors that are washed, deep, or jewel-toned for extra sophistication. Try chambray, denim, brick, burgundy, navy, and indigo.
  • Choose comfortable fabrics - nothing says "trying too hard" like boiling in an uncomfortable dress while everyone else frolics in tee shirts. Look for stretchy and breathable fabrics like cotton jersey, chambray, linen, and tencel. 
  • Cover up - this is by and large a family holiday - your relatives don't need to see the goods! Pick one feature to celebrate and show off... and one to cover up. Here, I'm showing some leg and covering my arms with a breezy rayon top.
  • Casual clothes with statement details - California can skew very casual for these family holidays. If you know your dress code is casual, you can stick to t-shirts, t-shirt dresses, shorts, jeans, and such... but bring the fun with special details like cutout shoulders, conversation prints, or in my case, statement shoes and jewelry!

Above all this weekend, stay cool, stay safe, and wear sunscreen! I'll be back with some more outfit ideas this week, working my way up through more formal dress codes.