Independence Day, Morning and Night

Your family probably doesn’t dress patriotically for the Fourth of July. Mine doesn’t, either. We dress for the whole weekend.

Which is why, when I took Friday off to pitch in with some family stuff and it began with breakfast at a local diner, I knew I’d better bring the sartorial swagger.


I’ve never been the type of girl who could convincingly plug a designer head-to-toe, and Uncle Sam is no exception. I like my patriotic outfits to consist of classic fabrics with a nod to Americana-something I could wear on the street any given day and not be mistaken for a star-spangled sign spinner.

white eyelet with cropped jeans

This combo of cropped dark denim, white eyelet top, and faded red bandana does the trick.

mom and corsten close up

Since the cool of morning only lasts for three minutes in Florida, I needed something lighter than jeans to carry me through the hotter weekend festivities.

navy and white tie dye

A drapey tie-dye tank and white denim cutoffs are the maximum amount of fabric I can wear when the temps rise above 90 degrees.

After seeing this pair of Miu Miu heels on Gigi Hadid in the May issue of Vogue, I decided to try a little ankle-gingham of my own. This strip tied into an anklet brings another dimension to the outfit when I don’t feel like adding the extra weight of jewelry.

Whatever your plans for the long weekend are, I hope you have fun. And hey-leave the fireworks to the professionals, okay? Countless veterans suffering from PTSD thank you (as do my dog and I).


Pretty much everything in this post is generic, scrounged from various bargain stores in my travels, except for the denim (Level99), espadrilles (Gaimo), and nail polish (in a world of so many almost-but-not-quite-right reds, Chanel’s Coromandel has never done me wrong).



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