In preparation for July’s What to Wear article, we stumbled upon one of summer’s greatest challenges: dressing patriotically without looking kitschy. Don’t get us wrong, we’re all for some beads and festive flair, but finding the perfect combination of red, white and blue that still flatters your shape and stays true to your style can be difficult. So, with July 4th rapidly approaching and the excitement of this year’s Summer Olympics picking up steam, we thought an All American What to Wear was most appropriate. And as baseball is still known as America’s favorite pasttime, what better place to shoot our selections than at the First Tennessee Park, home of our very own Nashville Sounds?

This month’s models, the lovely StyleBlueprint interns, graciously and fabulously donned clothes from Southern Vintage Market, Copper Penny, Habit Boutique and Oak Hall. Take inspiration from these outfits and tips from Wardrobe consultant Rebecca Thompson to help you wear red, white and blue on the 4th of July and beyond.

The SB interns had a blast running around the Sounds Ballpark in clothes from Copper Penny, Oak Hall, Habit, and Southern Vintage Market!

These lovely ladies us show us how to wear red, white and blue without looking kitschy!

What to Wear: Baseball caps, tanks and shorts

During the balmy days of summer, don’t shy away from shorts and lightweight tops. If you aren’t comfortable bearing your legs, Rebecca suggests opting for white jeans or pants for a more polished way to wear these looks. Lightweight and strappy tops can add another point of discomfort for some ladies, but all you need is the proper undergarments! “While many ladies don’t mind a little bra strap showing, there are those who steer away from this type of top because of this issue,” Rebecca shares. “Be prepared with a bandeau or convertible strapless bra — that way when the time comes to pull out the new top you can actually wear it!”

Allison looks fierce in her SB hat and a top from Copper Penny.

Allison looks (almost) tough enough to hang out with the team in the Sounds dugout. Her red print top from Copper Penny (Red Velvet blouse, $110) is breezy enough for summer’s hottest afternoons, perfect for both backyard barbecues and all day swim meets. And what summer outfit is complete without a cute baseball hat??

A BNA ball-cap completes Caroline's cute summer look.

Caroline is sitting pretty in the shaded ballpark stands, showing both American and Nashville pride in her summer ensemble. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again — white shirts are wardrobe essentials. Pieces like this embroidered one from Copper Penny (Susana Monaco top, $168) are perfect for spring and summer. Caroline’s red, white and blue is complemented by a waxed cotton tote from Oak Hall (Meanwhile, $125) and a BNA aviate cap (available at Gus Mayer, HemlineBatch, and Tin Cottage).

Buy us some peanuts and cracker jacks – and Sarah's cute top and bag from Southern Vintage Market!

Sarah strolls the concession area of the park, deciding between hot dogs, hot chicken and cold beer (we’ll take one of each please!). The canvas bag (Jute, $34) and blue shirt (Entro, $30) contrast beautifully and are casual pieces that could be mixed and matched with countless other items in your closet. You can pick up both pieces from Southern Vintage Market. The Sounds ballcap we snagged from the merch store at First Tennessee Park.

What to Wear: Outfits that go from day to night

Each of these looks can be transitioned from day-time grilling to nighttime drinking with the addition of a few accessories! The age-old-trick of swapping your flats for heels or adding a blazer or elegant clutch can be used even on the Fourth of July. “Wedges or a chunky heel give you height and comfort,” Rebecca says of selecting a shoe. These outfits can be worn from sunup to sundown!

Sarah looks and stays cool in her graphic tee and linen blazer from Southern Vintage Market and Copper Penny respectively.

Sarah shows how to dress up a graphic tank. Her precious gray cotton baseball tank from Southern Vintage Market (Little Bits, $34) looks great with jeans but could just as easily be worn with shorts. The white linen blazer from Copper Penny (BBDakota, $96) is perfect for making the tank less casual and was a welcome layer in the cool air conditioning.

Allison inspires fireworks in her dress from Habit.

Allison is stunning in her tie-dye midi dress. We’ve loved seeing this ’70s print reemerge, and this dress from Habit (Splendid, $178) is a beautiful take on the style. When paired with a cool choker from Southern Vintage Market ($20) and wedges, this outfit could inspire fireworks.

Caroline stays cool in a chambray shift from Copper Penny.

Caroline’s breezy ensemble is perfect for hanging out at the Band Box, Strategic Hospitality’s ballpark venture that includes all kinds of entertainment plus delicious food and drink. Caroline’s chambray dress from Copper Penny (Bella Dahl, $176) is a great base for adding patriotic elements. The white beaded necklace from Habit (Twine & Twig, $68) and red clutch from Southern Vintage Market (Culture Riot, $28) dress up the look, making it perfect for a night downtown, while other jewelry and accessories could just as easily dress it down for an afternoon poolside!

What to wear: A sundress

When selecting a dress for a patriotic event, we suggest you make the choice of a solid. “One of the things I like about a solid color dress is the versatility,” Rebecca says of the lack of pattern in the dresses. Take a note from above and take these looks from day-to-night with heels and added accessories; you can even jazz them up with American flag paraphernalia when the occasion calls for it!

A breezy dress is a summer staple – dressed up or down, they always look just right!

Though we did not try our hand at throwing a baseball across home plate, posing on top of the pitcher’s mound with some Sounds paraphernalia was a must! Caroline’s apron neck red dress from Southern Vintage Market (143 Story, $34) has just the right amount of flirt and style. She paired it with some fun bangles from Southern Vintage Market‘s jewelry collection. Allison’s white waffle knit frock from Copper Penny (BBDakota, $82) will keep you looking and feeling cool. Adding a horn necklace from Habit (Twine & Twig, $98) made it especially chic. Sarah’s blue T-shirt dress from Southern Vintage Market (Jodifl, $30) is a summer staple that can be worn in so many ways. A pendant necklace, also from Southern Vintage Market (Tazza, $30), and chunky wedges dress it up, though we could just as easily imagine it with a white denim jacket and sandals.

We owe special thanks to the Nashville Sounds for letting us run around First Tennessee Park for this shoot. If you haven’t been to a ballgame yet, get the family together and plan a summer evening downtown. The SB Team went last week and had a blast! You can buy tickets to this season’s games here.

The beautiful photos from today’s What to Wear article were taken by Leila Grossman of Grannis Photography.


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