Cute Looks for the 4th!

Hello Indianapolis Fashionistas.

July 4th is coming. If you don’t have a red, white and blue outfit close by here are some ideas on what to wear around Indianapolis this year. Some of these items will be in your closet!

Fourth of July Outfit Tips from your Indianapolis Personal Stylist

Starters — what about a white T, jeans and a red scarf. Top it with a straw hat, ball cap or some white sunglasses. Chances are you already have these items. Wear a metallic sandals for some variety and to avoid match-matchy looks.

If you have a chambray shirt in your closet wear it with some white jeans or even red pants. Add some white sneakers, some blue earrings or belt.

Have a blue print dress that has other colors in it? Accessorize it with red or white — a purse, some shoes, etc. It will work. Trust me.

Have a cute denim jacket in white or red, pair it with jeans, navy shorts or a blue jeans shirt. Add some orange. It’s in the red family. Or if you have some orange pieces, pair it with red or blue. You don’t always have to have the full red, white and blue to carry out the theme.

A dress girl? have a navy polka dot dress or shirt. Pair with a white or orange belt and some bright red lipstick or stain. You can put the blue and red into your makeup if you don’t have the clothing.

Have a red print Kimono? pair it with jeans–blue or white–and add some red lipstick or blue eyeshadow or line (not both though lol). This is will be very patriotic.

If you are like me, you love patriotic music and fireworks for the fourth–or a fun cookout. Remember to wear plenty of cottons-shun poly blends–to keep cool, and don’t forget to wear your most important accessory–sunblock! Need a cute food item to take to that backyard barbecue? Make the very easy flag cake. It’s good, too, and guests will think you slaved away all day to make it. Or even, more simple, cut up some water melon ad put it in a blue bowl. Easy, and who doesn’t like watermelon? Add some fun sodas in patriotic colors: clear for white, red and blue. Love it.

Betty Crocker Poke Cake: Check out the recipe here.

Most of all, relax. Enjoy one of summer’s fun holidays. Read a book, call a friend, enjoy family and friends. For once, put off the laundry and housecleaning and just veg out.

As a proud American, I want to quote here one of my favorite songs for July 4…

The Star Spangled Banner from writer Francis Scott Key’s manuscript in the Maryland Historical Society collection.

O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming, Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket’s red glare, the bomb bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes, What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep, As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses? Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam, In full glory reflected now shines in the stream,

‘Tis the star-spangled banner – O long may it wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution. No refuge could save the hireling and slave

From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave, And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation! Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto – “In God is our trust,”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Keep it sassy, Indy. Happy 4th of July.

Beth Divine, Indianapolis Personal Stylist