Stars & Stripes

what to wear on july 4th star sweater red white blue

After a few people asked about my Fourth of July plans this week, it finally hit me — it’s this weekend, in like 3 days! With the bulk of my thoughts focused on moving over the last two months, I feel like the first half of summer has sort of slipped through my fingertips. How it it already July 4th this weekend?!

I’m flying to Chicago tomorrow morning and am so excited for some much needed R&R after two weeks of packing and coordinating this cross-country move. I won’t have too many responsibilities once I land in Chicago because my boxes and furniture won’t arrive on the moving truck until sometime next week. So while I don’t have any set plans for the holiday just yet, my weekend forecast looks like a whole lot of sunshine, laying on the beach, rooftop barbecues, fireworks, and catching up with friends! I can-not-wait!

red white and blue outfit for july 4th

Ever since I was little, the 4th of July has been one of my favorite holidays. It was always so fun having people over to our house, going to friends’ pool parties, and making our way to my hometown’s little 4th of July celebration with carnival rides, lots of mini donuts and lemon shake-ups, and of course, a sparkly firework show!

cute july 4th outfit star sweater

Rooftops are a little bit easier to come by in Chicago than New York, or at least it seems. While I don’t know what the view from my new building will be, plenty of my Chitown friends will have primetime rooftop views (or even better, boat-on-the-lake views) for the fireworks from Navy Pier this weekend!

july 4th rooftop nyc star sweater, red bucket bag, white linen shorts, striped sandals

I spent July 4th in Chicago last year, too — Remember this? We had such a blast barbecuing, sailing, and enjoying the perfect 70-something weather. The forecast this weekend is supposed to be in the 70’s again and I couldn’t be happier — not too hot, and not too cold. When you’re by the water, though, or after the sun sets, long sleeves are kind of a must. (At least for me!) I saw this star spangled sweater at Old Navy and knew it was a must for the holiday weekend! I also picked up these linen-blend shorts that are insanely comfortable. I got this striped pair, too!

casual july 4th outfit star sweater stripe sandals red white and blue

On a bit of a side note, I got rid of my Birkenstocks. I don’t know what it is about my feet, but they weren’t having the sandals. The first few times I wore them, no blisters, but every time after that, blisters after a block or two. No bueno! So when I saw these affordably-priced striped slides, I knew they would be the perfect replacement for weekend wear sandals. They’re currently packed in my suitcase to wear by the pool over the coming days. I’ve worn them a few times running around my neighborhood and they’ve been super comfy!

red white and blue outfit for 4th of july

What do you have planned for the holiday weekend?!

Old Navy Star Sweater (only $28!)
Old Navy Linen Shorts (on sale for $8!)
Old Navy Striped Slide Sandals (only $24!)
Ralph Lauren Bucket Bag
Coach Sunglasses
Lele Sadoughi Pearl Cuff

Lydia Hudgens Photography

A special Thank You to Old Navy for partnering on this post!

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  1. 7.1.15
    Laura Mitbrodt commented:

    I love this 4th of July look

  2. 7.1.15
    Natali commented:

    Fantastic sweater! You look so cute in this casual outfit! You’re totally 4th of July ready.

  3. 7.1.15
    Darcy commented:

    I love this sweater!! Great bag too!

  4. 7.1.15
    Meagan commented:
  5. 7.1.15

    How cute are you? I love that sweater!!

    Her Heartland Soul

  6. 7.1.15
    DJ commented:

    Love the top! Perfect for the Holiday


  7. 7.1.15

    What a perfect look for 4th of July! I’ll be enjoying the holiday in Chicago, too 🙂

    xo, Laura

  8. 7.1.15
    Tessa commented:

    Love this look. Sort of wish I was cuddled in a sweater right now…TBH. I hope your move goes over well. Glad you get to arrive at a good time, being welcomed by a fun holiday to celebrate with people you already know and love. Makes it a little less bitter sweet.

    Hope you enjoy your holiday and be safe.


  9. 7.1.15
    Liv commented:

    The perfect sweater for this weekend.


  10. 7.1.15
    Sarah Blodgett commented:

    This look is so fun for any time, but especially for the 4th of July! Love the star sweater! I did a 4th of July look as well, but I went more for stripes than stars..

  11. 7.1.15
    C's Collection commented:

    What an adorable look for the 4th of July! I love the comfy drawstring shorts! Your white scalloped ones would look adorable with it too!

  12. 7.1.15

    I love this patriotic ensemble! It’s perfect for a cool summer evening.

    Happy Wednesday Jess 🙂

  13. 7.1.15

    The perfect little 4th of July look for sure!

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent

  14. 7.1.15
    Lauren commented:

    This is so cute!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

  15. 7.1.15
    Jamie commented:

    I love 4th of July fashion 🙂 these pieces are so festive! I love the Old Navy prices, too!


  16. 7.1.15
    melissa commented:

    So cute!

  17. 7.1.15
    Ellen Borza commented:

    Love this entire outfit! I can’t believe the price of those shorts. Unbeatable. Have a great Fourth of July weekend, and best of luck to you in Chicago. Can’t wait to follow along.

    Ellen | A Pop of Pink

  18. 7.2.15
    Kate commented:

    Love the sweater!

  19. 7.2.15
    Lauren Nakagawa commented:

    Can’t believe these are all Old Navy, you look fantastic.

  20. 7.4.15
    LuAnn C. commented:

    I absolutely love Old Navy! I always find the cutest holiday accessories there. I especially love the Ralph Lauren and Coach additions! Love the look