Fashion Raiding My Sister's Closet

Raiding My Sister’s Closet: Dressing for the 4th of July without Looking Like a Flag

I find holiday dressing a little bit stressful. I don’t want to be so festive that I’m like a walking American flag or a Christmas wreath, but I also don’t want to look like I didn’t have a clue there was a major holiday going on.

This year, though, I manged to pull together two outfits that I feel quite happy with.

For the first one, I went with a striped shirt because, well, I love stripes. This shirt is black stripes, rather than blue, which I think keeps it from being TOO “Hello, I’m celebrating America’s independence over here.”

And I went red in a big way with the pants (these are my new favorite pants – they feel really high quality, considering I bought them at Forever 21, and I’m in love the color, the fit and the ziiiiiippers).

Shirt: H&M // Pants: Forever 21 (similar)// Shoes: Steve Madden // Bracelet: c/o Style Lately

And then, because what better chance to whip out the blue and white striped skirt than the week of Fourth of July, here’s another outfit:

Shirt: Shade // Skirt: Corilynn // Shoes: Payless

The salmon-colored top keeps it from being over-the-top, I think, but the red shoes are nice move back toward the festive side. (You guys – I have no idea what I’m talking about here. I’m just wearing Fourth of July-ish clothes and making up garbage about how it goes together. Please don’t ask me to write thoughtful sentences about clothing. I can barely dress myself on a daily basis).

Actually, I’m just realizing that these two outfits combine mostly my favorite items of clothing in my entire closet. I guess I’ll be dressing like an almost-flag most of the rest of the summer.

Check out Merrick and Landen’s festive outfits (and probably much more coherent thoughts about clothing in general): 


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  • Reply Melanie July 2, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I just love that blue skirt. I really need to be better about hauling my sewing machine out of the closet so that I can practice sewing and eventually get to the point where I could make a skirt like that.

  • Reply HandJ Cobb July 2, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    LOVE those zippered pants! With the polka dot shoes, I'm dying. I think the shoes and the shirt are an awesome way to combine patterns that's not too overwhelming.

  • Reply r o y a l July 2, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Fyi shade is closing (again) so everything is super cheap.

  • Reply Jen P July 2, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Thanks for sharing – I stop by occasionally and love your simple style. It's what we all really wear on a daily basis when we're home with little ones – Valentino heels and a tulle mini aren't going to cut it. 🙂

    You are too funny! I was seriously sitting at work laughing out loud at my desk (trying not to make noise because I sit in a cube) thinking how I have totally done the same thing about making up garbage – I think we can all relate… In any case, I LOVE the skirt. I read Cori's blog often and have been tempted on many occasions to snatch up one of those skirts, just haven't bit the bullet yet.

  • Reply kristi July 2, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Well, you seem like you know what you're talking about, but I love that you don't take yourself too seriously! Thanks for your honest fashion approach for us jeans & tees types, and also for sharing the lovely relationship your have with your sisters.

  • Reply heidikins July 2, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Color! Pattern! Texture! Shine!! (This goes through my head every time I see an outfit that might come close to the above, and in my very professional (ha!) opinion, you have come up with fantastic patriotic-ish option without resorting to dressing up like Lady Liberty (although…you could, you know, with your minty jeans and everything…)


  • Reply JoLee July 2, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    You are so funny. I LOVE those red pants with the zipper pockets. Are you so sad that Shade is closing (again!). I knew things must be looking poorly when there was no new inventory for soooo long. I'm sad because I bought a couple of dresses from Shade that I love. Now there's basically nothing left in my size so I can't even benefit from the crazy clearance sale. Maybe you can find some good bargains.

  • Reply Lindsay July 4, 2013 at 5:50 am

    I love these outfits! The red pants and the skirt are both adorable! P.S. I find it REALLY hard to talk about clothes, too. 🙂

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