Red, white, and blue family dressing makes for a fun and festive Fourth of July. Whether coordinating attire for family photos, an event, or a holiday, it’s generally best to first pick a unifying color scheme. Particularly for a Family Fourth, this is easy! However, demonstrating your patriotic spirit doesn’t have to be prescriptive nor does family dressing require matching. And while a flag tee may be an easy way to wear the stars and stripes; instead get creative mixing and matching red, white, and blue elements to create a unique yet unifying family look.
Below are a few tips & tricks for Family Fourth of July dressing:
- Play with pattern. Blue and white gingham, red and white polka dots, or even a floral print can embody the holiday spirit – you don’t have to stick to stars and stripes. Plus, with the family in red, white, and blue, you don’t all have to be in a similar pattern because the color is your unifying theme.
- Add color with accessories. For example, Kirstin is wearing a blue and white floral dress, yet the addition of a red belt makes it more festive. The same effect could have been achieved with red shoes, a scarf, or even jewelry. This is also a great opportunity to have fun with bright sunglasses or loud hair accessories – just look at the kids!
- Neutrals work with all colors. Not everything in your look needs to be red, white, or blue. As seen here, rather than wearing blue or white shorts, Erik is wearing a light khaki. Other neutral colors such as a fatigue or grey could work just as well.
- Ensure that your colors are of the same tone. While not everything has to match, there are tonal variations of colors that should remain the same. For example, the Anderson family is wearing navy rather than a brighter, royal blue. Likewise the same can be true for tonal variations of reds and whites versus creams. You don’t want to match, but you want to look like you belong together!
Finally, consider your family’s unique styles. Can’t get your son out of his sneakers? Your 4 year-old will only wear dresses? Instead, find pieces that will make everyone comfortable, yet coordinates well with the rest of the group. The goal in family holiday or event dressing isn’t to match but to look complimentary. Most importantly, everyone should be happy and enjoying a fun celebration!
On Erik: J.Crew, Gap (similar), and Scotch & Soda.
On Kirstin: Madewell (no longer available), J.Crew, and Anthropologie (belt, cuff, necklace).
On Landon: Crewcuts (shorts, shirt no longer available similar) and Pottery Barn Kids.
On Kendall: Crewcuts (skirt no longer available similar, headband), Peek (sale!), and Gap (jacket, sunglasses).
This post was a feature in Laurelhurst Windermere Living magazine. A very special ‘Thank You’ to the Anderson family for being gorgeous models and good sports!
Can’t believe it’s the end of June (and the Fourth is around the corner?!) Thanks for reading. ~Jenn
Joie is one of my favorite brands. The quality, vibrant patterns, and effortless cuts are in keeping with my “laid-back, luxury” style. Often a splurge at full price, I seek this brand out on sale and at discount retailers (The Rack often has a good selection, also keep an eye out on flash sites like HauteLook).
Funny enough, I used to pronounce this brand as “Joey.” Clearly I never took French. However, I am not alone in my erroneous pronunciation! My sister was on the hunt for a dress she had seen, calling several stores asking for the Joey dress – it took a snotty salesperson to set us both straight. Pronounced juh-wa, it means joy. Regardless of how you say it, I can totally get behind that!
I’m loving my new earrings made by my amazingly talented friend Kirsty (check out her blog). Their simple, modern design, and the mixed metals make them so easy to wear – effortless with a casual outfit, yet polished enough for a more sophisticated look. They are new to Kirsty’s collection but email her if you are interested (and tell her I sent you!)
Outfit Details dress: Soft Joie | sandals: Joie | bag: Gap (old) | sunglasses: Polaroid Eyewear (sale!!) | earrings: Lucia K | bracelets: Guitar String | rings: Gorjana, Topshop (worn as midi ring), Alexis Bittar
What brings you joie? Please leave a comment and thanks for reading! ~Jenn
Linking up with The Pleated Poppy for “What I Wore Wednesday” – check these outfits out for more inspiration!
Mule (myool) noun: a hybrid animal or plant, generally sterile.
I’m not sure how summer’s hottest shoe got this name – perhaps it is the hybrid between sandal and bootie that garnered it’s moniker. Best in a wedge or heel, and always backless, these shoes will give you legs for days. And these mules are definitely not sterile, because they are everywhere this summer! Below you will find a few of my favorites (some reside in my closet!):
Wishing you a wonderful summer weekend. We’re enjoying lovely weather here in Seattle – hoping to get outdoors while it lasts! Thanks for reading. ~Jenn
I post my daily diary (read: outfits, cooking, organizing, and child rearing adventures) on Instagram. Be sure to follow along for some inspiration, or at least some laughs! Every once in awhile I also like to update the blog linking a few of my favorite things…hope you enjoy.
Jacket: Topshop | Shirt: Treasure & Bond | Jeans: Madewell | Sandals: BirkenstockJeans: Zara | Tee: Free People (pink sand) | Bra: Aerie | Sandals: J.Crew (years old) | Sunnies: Michael Kors (similar)
Thanks for reading! Enjoy a terrific weekend. ~Jenn