July is right around the corner, and we can barely wait. It’s time to start celebrating the official arrival of summer, starting with Independence Day! For this month’s edition of What to Wear, we ventured to the dreamy Aldridge Gardens with Miss Alabama USA 2017, Baylee Smith, and Mrs. Alabama America 2017, Brittany Scoggins, to bring you 12 stylish looks perfect for the Fourth of July and more. Today’s suggestions come from local boutiques Mia Moda, Manhattan South and The Clothes Tree, and these looks are perfect for three upcoming events in the Magic City: Sloss Music & Arts Festival, Thunder on the Mountain and KultureBALL 2017. Happy July!

The Event: Thunder on the Mountain

  • July 4, 2017
  • Fireworks begin at 9 p.m.
  • Admission is free.
  • For more information, visit visitvulcan.com.

For decades, Thunder on the Mountain has been Birmingham’s best way to celebrate the Fourth of July. Gather around our beloved Iron Man this July 4, 2017, at Vulcan Park and Museum for an unforgettable night celebrating the USA! This year’s Thunder on the Mountain show will last approximately 20 minutes and will illuminate the Magic City skies with a soundtrack of patriotic favorites. Grab the whole family, and head out to Vulcan this Fourth of July!

What to Wear: Although the event is at night, the Alabama heat is ever-present this time of year. With help from Cahaba Heights boutique Manhattan South, we’ve styled four comfortable yet chic looks ideal for relaxing around Vulcan and enjoying the show. In pastel blues, statement earrings and comfortable shorts, these style suggestions are just the right amount of festive without being over the top.

Look #1:

From Manhattan South: Gentle Fawn Maverick Dress in Bali Stripe, $105.

From Manhattan South: Gentle Fawn Maverick dress in Bali stripe, $105

From Manhattan South: Flaca Bullet Tassel XL in Charcoal, $100.

From Manhattan South: Flaca bullet tassel XL in charcoal, $100

Look #2:

From Manhattan South: Ryder "Evie" Denim Dress, $90.

From Manhattan South: Ryder “Evie” denim dress, $90

From Manhattan South: Native Gem White Druzy on Handcrochet 32" Silk Necklace, $195.

From Manhattan South: Native Gem white druzy on hand-crocheted 32-inch silk necklace, $195

Look #3:

From Manhattan South: Hunter Bell Laura Tunic, $260; Hunter Bell Franklin Short, $240.

From Manhattan South: Hunter Bell Laura tunic, $260; Hunter Bell Franklin short, $240

From Manhattan South: Jules Kae Jen Pouch in Blue Snake, $95.

From Manhattan South: Jules Kae Jen pouch in blue snake, $95

Look #4:

From Manhattan South: Heather Sylvie Twill Drawstring Top in White, $95; Gentle Fawn Winslow Short in Lead, $78, and Lucky Star "Street of Dreams" necklace, $165

From Manhattan South: Heather Sylvie twill drawstring top in white, $95; Gentle Fawn Winslow short in lead, $78; Lucky Star “Street of Dreams” necklace, $165

The Event: Sloss Music & Arts Festival

  • July 15 & 16, 2017
  • Saturday, 1 p.m. to 12:15 a.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • Tickets start at $135.
  • For more information, visit slossfest.com.

Birmingham’s biggest summer festival is back! The 2017 Sloss Music & Arts Festival will return to the grounds of Sloss Furnaces this July 15 and 16 for another music-fueled celebration that is uniquely Birmingham. Sloss Fest will feature 40 bands on four different stages, craft beer and specialty cocktails, artists, crafts and live iron-pouring demonstrations. It’s a weekend of exploring the most creative side of the Magic City.

What to Wear: An outdoor festival in July in Alabama means two things: hot and humid. Stay cool while having fun in festival fashion with these looks from Mia Moda Boutique. Whether you’re going rocker chic or modern hippie, here are four looks just right for this year’s Sloss Fest!

Look #1:

From Mia Moda: Vintage Havana Rebel Child Tank, $49; Vintage Havana Shorts, $39.

From Mia Moda: Vintage Havana rebel child tank, $49; Vintage Havana shorts, $39

From Mia Moda: Inspired Designs Choker, $39.

From Mia Moda: Inspired Designs choker, $39

Look #2:

From Mia Moda: By Together Embroidered Dress, $89.

From Mia Moda: By Together embroidered dress, $89

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Look #3:

From Mia Moda: Free People Ruffle Tank, $58; By Together Boyfriend Jeans, $79.

From Mia Moda: Free People ruffle tank, $58; By Together boyfriend jeans, $79

Look #4:

From Mia Moda: Bishop and Young Printed Romper, $96.

From Mia Moda: Bishop and Young printed romper, $96

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From Mia Moda: Theia Tassel Earrings, $29.

From Mia Moda: Theia tassel earrings, $29

The Event: KultureBALL 2017

  • July 29, 2017
  • 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Tickets are $150.
  • For more information, visit kulturecity.org.

KultureBALL 2017 is a one-of-a-kind evening celebrating the work of KultureCity to promote acceptance, foster awareness and raise funds for programs benefiting children and families with autism. This annual event is a star-studded night that brings together celebrity and philanthropy through fabulous entertainment, a dinner, an amazing live and silent auction and more. If you’re looking for an elegant night out on the town, the 2017 KultureBALL is perfect!

What to Wear: KultureBALL 2017 is all about a fabulously fancy night out in Birmingham. So, we teamed up with The Clothes Tree by Deborah to find four flawless fashion finds that will make you feel like the belle of this year’s KultureBALL.

Look #1:

From The Clothes Tree: Nicole Miller Mola high-low dress, $595

From The Clothes Tree: Nicole Miller Mola high-low dress, $595

Look #2:

From The Clothes Tree: Nicole Miller Stella party dress, $420.

From The Clothes Tree: Nicole Miller Stella party dress, $420

Look #3:

From The Clothes Tree: Jovani strapless blush dress, $328

From The Clothes Tree: Jovani strapless blush dress, $328

Look #4:

From the Clothes Tree: Jovani strapless multicolor beaded dress, $649.

From The Clothes Tree: Jovani strapless multicolor beaded dress, $649

Have fun — and look stylish — this July!

Thank you to Mary Fehr of M. Fehr Photography for the fabulous photos of Baylee and Brittany at Aldridge Gardens!  

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For more on what’s going on in Birmingham this month, visit our Happenings page. And for more on the boutiques that provided these style suggestions, visit our SB Guide or download our FREE SB App.