When it’s time to celebrate America’s birthday, we believe in going BIG. So, it’s no surprise that we’re firmly on the pro side when it comes to donning red, white, and blue outfits on July Fourth, whether you’re attending a laid-back poolside cookout with friends and family or an all-day beach rager followed by surfside fireworks after dark.
Maybe you usually dress up in stars and stripes for the Fourth of July (lots of people go full-on flag print when this time of year rolls around), or you can’t handle thematic dressing at all and plan to sport the same black minimalist bikini as usual. Either way, we salute your foresight. For the rest of us, we’ll fall somewhere in between––and that can mean anything from wanting a fresh look for the upcoming festivities to taking this. exact. moment. to try donning our country’s patriotic colors. Whatever your look, we’ve got you covered. Read on to discover Fourth of July outfit ideas that work for your style, whether you prefer an Independence Day ensemble with a reference that’s as subtle as a whisper…or as bold as an exploding Roman candle!
Heading to the beach for the Fourth? Awesome plan! To represent some big love for the U.S.A. (without tipping over into full-on flag costume mode), we’d suggest a sassy two-piece swimsuit like the London Crisscross Crochet Trim Low Waisted Bikini. Its name might clock Britain’s largest city, but this bikini practically chants “U-S-A” thanks to its bright white design and cherry red crochet trim. Bring along a low-key throw like the Beach House Leafy Beach Blanket as a buffer for your bod––no one likes getting burned by a blazing hot lounge chair, especially on a holiday weekend. We’d call this tropical print red, white, and blue-adjacent, since it creates a complimentary but not overly matchy-matchy backdrop for your sizzling crochet-trimmed bikini. Finally, protect tootsies from sunbaked sand and a splinter-prone boardwalk with flexible kicks like the Getaway Tropical Flip Flops. They feature a similar pattern to the beach blanket, but with a navy background, so everything works together as a total package.
Here’s a consideration to ponder: if you buy an outfit specifically for Independence Day, does it look corny or late-to-the-party if you wear it after the Fourth of July holiday? If you opt for the Callie Striped Lace Up Bikini and the Marley White High Neck Dress, you’ll never have to touch that styling conundrum. We’re all about the Callie Bikini’s navy and white stripes, which lend it a preppy, sporty feel that’s occasion-appropriate without screaming, “Oh say can you see…” at top volume. Happy for everyone, those side cutouts and delicate lace-up details in the back create even more allure when you turn and walk away. The Sandbar Palm Leaf Beach Blanket presents an unexpected match for this suit. The coral-red foliage print manages to highlight the graphic look of the bikini’s minimalist striped pattern perfectly. In theory, this shouldn’t work...but it just does! The Marley Dress gets our vote for your July 4th cover-up, since it shares the swimsuit’s classic-with-a-twist concept and allows the bikini straps to peek out. We can totally envision wearing this frock all summer long with everything from flip flops to wrap-around heeled sandals, too.
There’s nothing wrong with totally going for it when it comes to theme dressing for the Fourth of July, FYI. If there’s ever been a time to rock a “rah-rah ‘merica” look this would be it, after all. The White Knotted And Red Stripe Bikini presents the top pick for a swimsuit that’s thematic but still appropriate for post-holiday wear. We’re into the way that the solid white knotted bikini top playfully contrasts with the striped red briefs––it’s like mix-and-match with all of the work already done for us. The Noemi Open Stitch Cover Up would be what we throw on over it for to and fro, since its navy hue completes the whole red, white, and blue triad. The netting-like fabric allows the bikini’s silhouette to show through, too. If you’re looking for something less sheer, the Caroline Blue Ruffle Slip Dress also plays well with a red and white swimsuit. Last but not least, nothing says Fourth of July like a sparkler, so we’d select something along the lines of our Blanco Minimalist Flip Flops as the perfect finishing touch for this combo. These simple white thongs get a glow-up thanks to scintillating silver trim along the straps.
If you’ll be hitting the beach with little ones in tow, now’s a good time to do a matching mommy-and-me moment. It makes for a memorable Fourth of July celebration, and it’s ideal if you plan to take pictures for framing or to print on holiday cards at the end of the year. If you’re interested exact replica bikinis for you and your mini, the Sarai Blue One Shoulder Ruffled Bikini For Toddlers And Girls is very nearly the same as the women’s Blue One Shoulder Ruffle High Waisted Bikini, just shrunken down in size. It’s on-theme for Independence Day, too, thanks to the blue one-shouldered silhouette and whimsical white ruffle trim.
We also love the idea of taking things in a more vintage Americana direction. If you and your little lady are cool with coordinating looks, we suggest that you don a cheery checkered print swimsuit like the Willa Blue Gingham Triangle Belted Bikini (which also provides some tummy coverage, FYI) while your wee one can hit the beach in a red, white, and blue two-piece suit like the Della Smocked Ruffle Bikini For Toddlers And Girls. The paisley pattern on the little girls’ swimsuit is reminiscent of a bandana print and works with your grown-up take on gingham to create a fashion moment worthy of the July Fourth festivities.
If your sweetheart gets cold feet about dressing up like mommy, we know the perfect bribe….er, “incentive,” to get her on board with your plan: an adorable water float. Something funny and fruity like the Inflatable Half Watermelon Float will match your bathing suits and fits the Fourth of July theme. If she thinks it’s the pits (har har), we’ve noticed that glitter has the ability to turn a hard no into an okay…and maybe even a smile! Give her what she wants with the Rainbow Sherbet Kids Inflatable Swimming Ring. Does the rainbow ombré coloring coordinate with the theme? Not really, but it also doesn’t need to be present in photos, so it’s all good.
Mellow blues might just be the vibe of summer, and they're more than doable for Independence Day. Get into the spirit of the long weekend with something cool like the Hallie Plunging Halter One Piece Swimsuit. The solid-color, halter-neck design is timeless, so there’s no need to fret that it’ll look good when your August vacation rolls around. Team this seductive one-piece swimsuit with the Emmy Leafy Wrap Dress, worn as a cover-up. It’s equally charming as a stand-alone maxi dress if you’re heading to a Fourth of July bash later that night, since it repurposes the colors of the American flag into a lush tropical palm print. Complete the look with the Julep Flip Flops, which feature a country-chic blue and white floral print, if you’ll be staying on the beach. Alternatively, slip on the Cabana Party Blue Strappy Thong Sandals if you’re attending a dressier event or soiree.
Those who favor more traditionally feminine motifs sometimes find themselves at a loss if they want to do a red, white, and blue look during the July Fourth celebration. We’re happy to report that we’ve found the right balance in the Knotted Cap Sleeves Drawstring Bikini; it turns out that a cute cap-sleeve bikini top in a solid blue hue and a flirty floral-print bikini bottom tick off all the boxes. For a truly romantic way to showcase your American spirit, partner your bikini with the Dallas White Round Trim Cover Up, a sheer and lacy sarong-style wrap, and seductively strappy slides like the Cabana Party Blue Sandals. We’re betting it’ll be a race between you and the fireworks to see who shines brighter.