PERSONALSTYLE

How To Wear Red, White & Blue (Without Looking Like An American Flag)

Just because it’s not July 4th doesn’t mean you can’t wear red, white & blue. (I mean, if Reese Witherspoon can do it…right?) It’s tricky, though. If you’re trying to show just a touch of patriotism (or are simply into this particular color combination) but don’t feel like going the full-on Party Like You’re An American Flag route, here’s how to do it.

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– Build the outfit around a single color (red, white or blue – I went for blue here) and use the other two shades as accents.

– Stick to only one piece that’s all three colors (like these loafers) per outfit – this goes double if the piece in question is an actual American flag print.

– Speaking of American flag prints – these are for super-casual excursions only, so if beaches and beers aren’t on the menu look for pieces that incorporate the color trio in more sophisticated ways (small-print plaids and polka dots, stripes, et cetera).

– Incorporate black-and-white elements (like a striped tee, or the band on the hat pictured here).

– Add a little heather grey (like this tank) to soften up the other colors in the palette.

– Use accessories (chunky gold jewelry, scarves, hats and vests) to layer in texture and make the look feel a little less BBQ-only.

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On Me: Georgette Blazer ℅ NYDJ; Splendid tank from Destination Maternity; Women’s Walu Canvas Loafer ℅ Crocs; Hat Attack fedora; Sunday Somewhere Yetti sunglasses; Folli Follie watch.

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