If there was ever a time to get decked out in red, white and blue — not to mention stars and stripes — it would be now: the week of the Fourth of July.
All manner of apparel and accessories are available in patriotic colors and patterns this time of year. In anticipation of holiday cookouts, don't forget to add a dose of patriotic flair to an outdoor dining area with a colorful accent or two.
Stripes have been a big look this season, and with holiday sales, now's the time to swoop in and snag a top or two.
The Gap's navy-and-white Mason T is $22.95. The silhouette — a little looser, with an open banded neckline — means it's a cool topper for a pair of crisp shorts. Thinking ahead to fall, layer it under a fitted blazer or sheer long cardigan.
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It's easy to add a bit of sparkle to a holiday outfit by rocking a piece of star-accented jewelry. From Givenchy, a pair of Swarovski crystal-accented stud earrings ($38 at Nordstrom.com) are set off by a border of oxidized metal, making for an edgier look. These little beauties would look great with a summer outfit, but they also could be a go-to accessory for fall and winter looks.
Add a little sizzle to Fourth of July get-togethers with outdoor accents in red, white or blue. A red metal drink dispenser ($19.99) from Target holds 2.6 gallons and comes with a handy metal stand. Serve chilled holiday drinks.