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.
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!”
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!
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!
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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