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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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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…)


  5. 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.

  6. 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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