Last-Minute 4th Of July Outfits That Aren’t Tacky

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Remember back in grade school when you would get all dressed up in your once-a-year patriotic attire for the 4th of July? You’d grab your signature Old Navy T-shirt (depicting something like a golden retriever holding an American flag in its mouth), pair it with Soffe shorts in one of three colors, and finish off the look with a festive temporary tattoo? Ah simpler times, but nowadays you’re an adult with a 401(k) and that iconic outfit from your youth just ain’t gonna cut it for this 4th of July holiday. So what does an “adult” wear on the 4th of July, then? You don’t want to look cheesy dressed in something you can only wear that one day a year, but you still want to look somewhat on theme. Well, before you run back to your local Old Navy with your head hanging in defeat, consider one of these cute outfit alternatives, all of which are available for express shipping in case you’re lucky enough to be headed out for your holiday weekend ASAP.

Summery White Dress

There’s nothing better than being able to just throw on a sundress in the summer and look instantly cute and put-together. A white sundress is very all-American, girl-next-door, and this one in particular is available on Amazon for Prime shipping, so you can be sure to have it on your doorstep ASAP.

Denim Mini Dress

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Nothing is more quintessentially American than some blue jeans, so why not take this classic to the next level this 4th of July with a cute denim mini dress? You can dress it up or dress it down by pairing the dress with either sneakers or summer sandals. This denim mini is from Revolve, who offers free two-day express shipping, so you can get it in time for your #ooo message to go up.

Sparkle Top

If you’re here to make a statement this 4th, an easy but eye-catching outfit idea is to wear a trendy sparkle top. Not only is it holiday festive, it also makes for a great Insta opp later in the evening with a sparkler in hand and fireworks in the background. Mind you, not all sparkle tops are created equal, but I can attest to the fact that this one in particular is high-quality, so it will actually last you through your night of drinking (unlike some of the others out there). White Fox offers $10 express shipping.

Festive Denim

These cheeky Free People flares have a not-so-subtle star butt detail, the perfect accent for your 4th of July look. The star works with the theme without being so over-the-top America that you would feel weird rewearing them. Plus, through Wednesday (7/29) at 1pm EST, Free People is offering free express shipping to ensure you have these statement-making jeans in time for your festivities.

Red Gingham Crop Top

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This top is actually a swim top, which allows your to transition from beach to BBQ without having to put on a bra. Just throw on a cute white skater skirt or go full USA with some overalls overtop, and you’ll look super cute for the rest of the night. Even better, this popular swim brand, Montce, is currently offering free express shipping right now through June 28th. 

Simple Jumpsuit

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If you’re going to a more elevated 4th of July party where the aforementioned denim overalls just won’t cut it, opt for an elevated jumpsuit in a basic patriotic color, like this one in white, for an easy and holiday-appropriate outfit. I’m obsessed with this jumpsuit from Revolve which is chic, timeless, and totally summery with the strapless bodice and slit leg detail. 

Matching Set

Easy and chic, another go-to summer option for your 4th of July outfit is a summery two-piece set. This one in red pinstripe is just patriotic enough to look like you actually put effort into your outfit without looking so holiday-specific that you would feel weird rewearing it later on in the summer. It’s from Amazon and available for Prime shipping.

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What To Wear To A Summer Wedding Based On The Dress Code

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Welcome to wedding season: where the hangovers are real, the dress codes are confusing, and we’re all sweating. As if the uptick in vaguely specific dress code attire hasn’t made finding a wedding guest outfit hard enough, summer weddings also require finding something that’s dress code appropriate while also seasonally appropriate. There’s a lot of “vibe interpreting” required for all these confusing wedding dress codes that, frankly, most of us just aren’t cut out for. So to help guide you on your seemingly treacherous wedding guest outfit search, here are some options based on the different dress codes.

White-Tie

Clearly I need to reevaluate my entire circle of friends because I’ve never attended nor have I even been invited to a white-tie wedding. White-tie dress code is the most formal of them all, requiring floor-length gowns, no exceptions. Your gown should be paired with your most elegant clutch and accessories and, if I were you, I’d take full advantage of the occasion and even add some trendy elbow-length gloves. You can make your gown more seasonally appropriate by choosing summery colors and fabrics.

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Black-Tie

Personally, this is my favorite wedding dress code out of the ones I’ve attended because I love an excuse to dress up. Black-tie dress code means you can wear a formal gown or elevated jumpsuit, either of which paired back to elegant accessories. Basically, think prom-adjacent attire minus the over-the-top tackiness and vodka-filled water bottles. Similarly as with white-tie, you can make your black-tie ensemble more summer- appropriate with light and bright colors, airy fabrics, and more breathable silhouettes.

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Formal or Black-Tie Optional

This dress code can be confusing and definitely requires some of that “vibe interpreting” that I mentioned earlier. Black-tie optional is pretty much equivalent to formal and  just means slightly less formal than black-tie. The biggest difference for women’s attire is that a full-length gown isn’t required, but something of the same dressiness “vibe” is still recommended. Basically, if you want to get wild and show your ankles then you have permission to do so but I’d avoid going above the knee for your hemline. Add a summer-feel to your formal look with vibrant summer colors or a lightweight mesh fabric.

Cocktail

Cocktail attire means that women can wear shorter hemlines but still need to look dressy. Long story short, it would be inappropriate to wear a gown but also inappropriate to wear a sundress. I realize that leaves quite a large gamut, but basically just think a specialty mini dress, elevated midi dress, or eloquent jumpsuit. Overall, this dress code does imply a bit more of a flirty and playful vibe, so have fun with it but still look classy. Keep it summer appropriate with shorter hemlines, seasonal colors, or even an elevated floral print.

Semi-Formal or Dressy Casual

Semi-formal or dressy casual might be the most vague of all the dress codes because there are no “hard lines” beyond no sweatpants. Rather, you really have to feel into the vibe of the wedding, so maybe just grab a crystal and the invitation and mediate on it? On second thought, maybe just text a fellow wedding attendee to see what they’re wearing and go from there. At the end of the day, err on the side of being over-dressed rather than under-dressed.  Remember, it’s about special event elegance without crossing the line of “fancy.” Vague, I know, so best of luck.

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Beach Formal

As someone who recently attended a beach formal wedding, my biggest piece of advice is DO NOT underestimate the heat. As someone who also attended said wedding in a long sleeve bridesmaid dress, I’m going to suggest you steer clear of sleeves and any material that could potentially show sweat. Instead, opt for lightweight summery fabrics like linen or gauze. And, if you’re really someone who sweats easily, go for an airy printed maxi to help disguise any possible sweat stains. Oh, and bring a handheld fan, you’ll thank me later.

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Daytime or Casual

Covid has made the backyard wedding quite a trend, and given how expensive weddings can get, I definitely see the appeal. Backyard or daytime weddings are usually more casual which means they’re perfect for a breezy sundress, pretty mini dress, or sophisticated set. The only “don’t” here is going too casual or too dressy. Just avoid dressier fabrics, overly casual fabrics, stiletto heels, sneakers…and you should be good to go from there.

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The Cutest Sundresses You Can Get On Amazon On Prime Day

Everyone claims their favorite season is summer and, although IDGI ’cause like, I despise sweat stains, I can still admit there’s a lot to love. I mean, beaches, rooftops, and summer Fridays are all cool—but is there anything better than just being able to throw on a sundress and not have to put ANY further thought into your outfit? Sundresses are an easy summer staple and an outfit that requires no effort, which is why I love them so much.

Of course, you can get sundresses pretty much anywhere. But with Amazon Prime Day right around the corner beginning on July 15 (YAS), why not get them alongside all the other sh*t you don’t need, but that you got amazing deals on?  That being said, here are the cutest sundresses on Amazon right now that, as a fashion snob myself, are pretty f*cking cute. And like, if you have Prime, they’ll be on your doorstep within two days. Talk about fast fashion, am I right? Anyone? Anyone???

1. Angashion Summer Floral Bohemian Swing Dress, $21.99

As much as I love Reformation, I can’t afford a closet full of their sundresses this season. Speaking of Reformation, this dress has that same effortless summer vibe with a minimalist floral print that they’re known for—but for 1/10th of the price. It’s a midi length, so it’s appropriate to wear whether you’re going to brunch with grandma or drinking with your besties at a rooftop bar. Or, even better, wear it to the pregame brunch with grandma and then meet up with your friends at the rooftop bar. You know, really have yourself a day! You got the perf dress for it!

2. BLENCOT Button Down Strappy Sleeveless Flowy Mini Dress, $18.99

This is your perfect summer LBD and, as cliché as that sounds, you know you need it. You can easily dress it up or dress it down, so it’s the perfect summer dress to bring along for all your trips this season. Wear it with sandals and statement earrings for a going out look, or throw it on over a tee with sneakers for all your summer daytime activities! This dress can do it all, and because of that, so can you! For a mere $19, you can get this do-it-all dress for the same price as one cocktail at that swanky rooftop bar you just had to go to. You know, the one you went to just to get that envy-inducing Insta story. That $19 cocktail was worth it though, right?

3. Saikesigirl Boho Floral Print Mini Dress, $16

This floral mini is feminine and cute, and this is the perfect loose-fitting dress to wear all summer long. The buttons give it elevated detail, and the ruffles make it flirty and girly. It’s the perfect date night dress to look subtly sexy without trying too hard. So, you know, you’ll look super cute for your mediocre date—fingers crossed he doesn’t make it any worse by trying to make you go halfsies on the check.

4. BerryGo Vintage Off Shoulder Floral Print Mini Dress, $21.99

This off-the-shoulder dress is casual and cute, but still fitted enough to wear out and not look like a grandma. Also, (if you care about this kind of thing) guys love a girl in a sundress, and you’ll be sure to have their attention in this fitted number. Like, maybe you’ll even get a nice guy to buy you dinner after all! Or at least a dollar slice of pizza. Whatever floats your boat.

5. Huaxiafan A Line Swing Dress, $15.79

When I talk about my love of easy sundresses, this dress is the epitome of why. This dress is loose-fitting and breezy so like, no bra necessary. You can throw this dress on and automatically look cute and put together, when in reality you’re just wearing a big shapeless sack. Which, sounds unappealing, but I mean look how cute it is!!! No one can really tell you’re basically wearing a pajama dress, so everyone wins.

6. Saikesigirl Floral Print Mini Dress ($15.08)

This is another easy dress you’ll want to have in your arsenal this summer because like, how freaking cute is it? It’s a very Sincerely Jules vibes so you know it’s on-trend and stylish. But, even better, you know one thing that it’s not??? Expensive. This dress is less than $20, but wear it with a trendy summer beach bag and some delicate layered necklaces and no one will know it actually just shipped from Amazon along with your new smoothie tumbler!

7. Angashion V Neck Floral Print Mini Dress ($18.99)

This sundress is a little more elevated of a style with its ruffle detailing and feminine floral print. It could easily be worn to a casual wedding or like, a graduation party or something. Or like, idk whatever other semi-dressy super boring event you’re forced to attend this summer. But, hey you’ll look super cute plus uh, free booze!!!

I mean, denim shorts were cool and all when we were in high school, but they’re not exactly the comfortable summer throw-on for most of us nowadays. Sundresses are their more mature and stylish upgrade that’s also wayyy comfier and, simultaneously, looks way more effortless. And like, I knew I could get a new iPhone charger from Amazon in two days flat, but glad to know I can get some cute-ass dresses as well! Thanks Jeff Bezos, I know your life is kind of sh*t right now, but keep doing you! And, more importantly, keep doing Amazon! Cheers to Amazon Prime Day baby!!!!!

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