Our 4th of July Outfits for a Patriotic Celebration

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Styling 4th of July outfits for women over 40

Our 4th of July Outfits for a Patriotic Celebration

Quote of the day: “One of the sure signs of maturity is the ability to rise to the point of self-criticism.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

This quote could mean very different things to everyone, but I thought of it as a great way to be able to dress costumey for a celebration.

Because in the past, I would not get excited for dressing up for any holiday. Yet now, I’ve come to believe that it’s okay to have fun with our outfits. Even our 4th of July outfits. So I told mom and Nancy to have a ball, and we even  wore some fun garland. The funny thing? We had flags and props in the car, but we totally forgot them! Ugh!

Wearing 4th of July outfits for women at red rocks

And this may be a little early for you to even be thinking about your 4th of July outfits, but I’m a planner at heart. And just in case you wanted to add something for the holiday to your wardrobe, now you’ll have time to order it or go shopping for it. You can thank me later!

Don’t forget to check out how we styled our 4th of July outfits more subtly too.

Jodie’s (50+) Outfit

Skirt: LuLaRoe (similar here)~~Top: Style & Co-thrifted (similar here)~~Shoes: Lucky Brand (similar here)~~Earrings: Modern Sage Designs c/o (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)~~Purse: Patricia Nash-thrifted (similar here)

Styling 4th of July outfits for women over 40
Styling 4th of July outfits for women with a striped top

Why I Wore This Outfit

I’ve had this skirt for a couple of years yet I wear it infrequently. After our post about our color analysis, I wanted to make sure I pulled it out more. It’s a stretchy, material, so it’s comfortable whether I’m standing or sitting. Therefore, I thought my striped, star top would not only be perfect for the holiday, but also mix with the print of the skirt. I feel like stripes make an easy print to combine with all other prints.

How You Could Change This Outfit

If you don’t love shorter skirts, especially if you’re going to be sitting on the ground watching fireworks, then you might consider a maxi skirt. They can be cool in the hotter months yet you are more covered than with a short skirt. I found a vertically striped one that even has an elastic waistband, or there’s a handkerchief hem one that has such an interesting look.

What Makes this Work

Since I was wearing two prints together, I decided to keep my shoes and purse a neutral color. Straw purses seem to be everywhere this season just like I discussed in the summer trends post. And as a tip, don’t discount any store to find some great accessories. Even Cost Plus has some fun straw purses, and I found my embroidered bag last year at Pier One.

Interesting Tidbit

I bought these sandals after meeting with Marian, a style consultant last year for coffee. She had a pair and thought they were the most comfortable sandals and because they are nude, made every woman look taller. I like them, and I’ve worn them a couple of times before. However, the chunkiness of the sole makes me wish for a different version at times.

Nancy’s (60+) Outfit

Capris: Gloria Vanderbilt (similar here)~~Blouse: Laura and Jane (similar here)~~Top: Chicos (similar here)~~Shoes: Life Stride (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Wearing 4th of July outfits for women with red sandals

Why Nancy Wore This Outfit

Nancy started with the red tank and white blouse for our 4th of July outfits. She is a huge lover of capri pants for the summer months, and opted for her lighter wash jean pair this time.

How You Could Change This Outfit

There are many options for the lower half of our body to keep cool in the summer months. Even if you don’t wear shorts anymore. Linen is always a lightweight, summer material and you can find culottes or pants that would work great.

What Makes this Work

This blouse is one that Nancy usually thinks of as dressy because it’s a silky material, yet throwing it over this tank top creates a perfect lightweight jacket. I recently was featured on Sixty + Me’s video about how to make our clothing more versatile. It’s such a great trick to try to use our clothing in different ways.

Interesting Tidbit

That being said about this white blouse of Nancy’s, she admits that it’s one of those problematic pieces in her closet. She’s had it for years, but for some reason has a hard time styling it with other pieces. She feels the silky material makes it too “fancy” for casual outfits.

This brings up such a great point. I know many women limit their clothing combinations by the material. But I will challenge you here and now to try to see past the material. Just like we recently styled our metallic clothing items for a casual day; it’s very modern to mix those elements that used to be classified for one use only. So combine your silk with denim or cotton with sequins–it can be fun!

Charlotte’s (80+) Outfit

Wearing 4th of July outfits for women over 80

Capris: Fabrizio Gianni c/o (similar here)~~Blouse: Tiramism (similar here)~~Top: Mom made it (similar here)~~Shoes: Jambu c/o (similar here)~~Scarf: Millicent (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Purse: (similar here)

Styling 4th of July outfits for women with white blouse
Styling 4th of July outfits for women with red accessories

Why Charlotte Wore This Outfit

My mom planned the outfit around her President’s scarf that she bought in the Woman’s Museum in Washington D.C. Even though most of us don’t think about wearing scarves in the hotter months, wearing it this way of draping it around the neck doesn’t add too much warmth. By tying knots in the ends of the scarf, it gives some weight to the ends so they stay in place better and shorten it so it’s not as long.

How You Could Change This Outfit

There is always controversy about capri pants and whether women should wear them. I understand both sides of the coin. But if you don’t wear shorts anymore, and it’s way too hot for pants, then these can be the perfect solution. I believe it’s all dependent on the fit and style to look the best on each woman.

That being said, I doubt I will change most women’s minds if they hate them. Therefore, those women might appreciate a navy pair of palazzo pants instead.

What Makes this Work

We just recently styled our white, button down shirts as jackets in a blog post. And it’s a perfect way to cover up a sleeveless tank top if you feel more comfortable that way. Yet both the white blouse and capris are nice and loose so they aren’t too restricting or hot for the day.

Interesting Tidbit

These red and white earrings are from the 1960’s and came with a matching bracelet. The earrings were originally clip on earrings, which my mom then took off the clip portion and super glued on a post. This DIY is quite easy if you have any clip on earrings still in your jewelry box that don’t get worn. Needless to say, the bracelet broke many years ago, otherwise, she’d be wearing it too!

Wearing 4th of July outfits for older women celebrating

Tips & Tricks

It’s a glorious day to celebrate with red, white and blue. So why not have fun with these colors? Maybe this is the time you try out your hand at print mixing?

Or pull out any flag items. I rounded up some fun ones below. You’ll have plenty of time to order any of these and still get them in time for the celebration.

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