Unless you typically go around toting the American flag in your back pocket, the most—if not only—appropriate time to intentionally rock a red, white and blue ensemble is the Fourth of July. And while there are plenty of things to be said about the holiday (not all of them necessarily good), ultimately it’s a day we’ve reserved to relax with loved ones, eat a few hot dogs, enjoy some fireworks and, of course, don a patriotic lewk or two. Not all plus-size Fourth of July outfits are created equal, though, which is why we’ve taken the liberty (pun intended, thank you) of crafting some can’t-miss ways to wear red, white and blue this holiday.
Here’s the reality: Red, white and blue isn’t high up on our list of cutest color combinations. Red and pink? Sure. Blue and white? Definitely. But as unpatriotic as it may sound, red, white and blue outfits just don’t get us excited—or so we originally thought. After spending some time crafting a few (five, to be exact) different plus-size July 4th outfits, though, we realized that any color combination can be cute if you pair the right pieces together. It sounds like a fashion no-brainer, but it took seeing some of these ensembles come together to get us to truly appreciate red, white and blue as an actually chic color combo.
If you’re still feeling a bit skeptical, we get it. Keep reading to see how we curated nine must-shop red, white and blue ensembles, though, and you’ll likely change your mind just as we did. In fact, the plus-size Fourth of July outfits below might just be cute enough to wear all summer long—and not just on July Fourth. (We can’t believe it either, but here we are.) Red, white and blue, you officially have our hearts.
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1. The Tennis Dress
You likely have a love affair going with tennis skirts, so it’s about time you met her seriously cute big sister. The tennis dress is summer’s latest favorite—and in a cool aqua blue, it’s perfect for July Fourth. Pair this little number with a tie-dye tote (!), oversized sunnies, and chunky sneakers. Voila.
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dress — $24.99 from H&M
bag — $195 from Nordstrom
sunglasses — $189 from Apercu Eyewear
shoes — $36 from ASOS
2. The Loooong Pants & Short Top
Long pants? In July? Yeah, babe. (Trust us on this one.) Worn with an itty bitty cropped tank, you’ll still stay cool enough to enjoy in all the summery fun. Just add some neutral sunglasses and a pair of slides for a *chef’s kiss* finish.
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pants — $88 from WRAY
top — $6 from Nordstrom
sunglasses — $69 from Crap Eyewear
shoes — $45 from Freedom Moses
3. The Strappy Crop Top & Shorts
OK, long pants in the middle of summer isn’t for everyone. If you run hot, opt for a pair of classic black shorts and a ruffly blue crop top this holiday. Throw on a fun tote, classic sunnies, and chunky slides, too. You can’t miss.
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top — $84 from WRAY
shorts — $24.99 from H&M
bag — $12 from ban.do
sunglasses — $79 from Crap Eyewear
shoes — $100 from Cougar
4. The Swimsuit
For those who spend the Fourth of July near bodies of water (or a backyard sprinkler), a red hot swimsuit is your best bet. Top off the look with a statement bucket hat, heart-shaped sunglasses, and waterproof slides. Honestly, this ensemble is a winner in all categories.
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swimsuit — $119.99 from Mango
hat — $119 from Lack of Color
sunglasses — $8.50 from Nasty Gal
shoes — $50 from Freedom Moses
5. The Matching Set
Ooh, we love an athleisure moment. This holiday, opt for a sporty matching set in powder blue. Then, turn it into a full-blown outfit with a trendy bag, pink sunglasses, and some fashion sneakers. This look is cute enough to wear allll the time.