Amazing Americana Sweetheart — Get Into The Fourth of July Spirit!
To paraphrase Katy Parry, make like a firework and let your colors burst this Fourth of July weekend with festive apparel, footwear, jewelry, home accents and entertaining details that show more patriotic pride than Bruce Springsteen's Born in the USA album cover. With these picks, you'll shine brighter than the stars on the flag!
Jeffrey Campbell Lita in Stars and Stripes, $154.95. Available at Solestruck.com
Tip your hat (or rather, tap your feet) in honor of Betsy Ross with the new Stars and Stripes pattern of Jeffrey Campbell's groovy Lita shoe. An ankle-high bootie, the Lita features a chunky 5" wooden heel; a 2" built-in platform; an exaggerated, '70s-esque squared toe; and corset-like lacing across the top of the tongue.
SOBRAL Naturals Diamentes Necklace, $100. Available at SOBRALusa.com
Be the most dashing Lady in Red with this chunky necklace from SOBRAL, which features faceted, pebble-like resin stones in a tomato sauce red.
Wildfox Couture America Crew Tee, $77. Available at Wildfox.com
What says Fourth of July better than a white tee featuring an image of our nation's flag? And, thanks to the laid-back attitude, slightly faded fabric, and loose, drape-y cut of this Wildfox tee, you'll look and feel like you belong in Lenny Kravitz's "American Woman" video when you rock it.
Rebecca Minkoff Endless Love Tote, $250. Available at Endless.com
Though best known for her widely coveted Morning After Bag and The BF silhouettes, both available in a plethora of leather colors, handbag designer Rebecca Minkoff knows just when to scale back the glam rock-ish studs, zippers, and buckles and, instead, get into a relaxed, hammock-time spirit, creating island-flavored straw pieces perfect for the surf babies but structured enough for city gals. The Endless Love tote, pictured above, accomplishes this feat with its wide natural straw and red straw stripes, its brown leather zip pocket, and its brown piping and shoulder handles.
Stripe & Crab 12-pc. Melamine Dinnerware Set in Red/Blue, $15.99. Available at Target.com
Hitting the beach house this weekend? Planning to host a cookout? Or is there a picnic on the agenda? Whatever your plans, consider investing in some kitschy melamine dishes to serve all the grilled burgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, barbecued ribs, potato salad, and macaroni and cheese you whipped up. This twelve-piece set includes four dinner plates (measuring 10.5" in diameter), four cereal bowls (measuring 6" in diameter), and four salad plates (measuring 8.5" in diameter). The salad plates and cereal bowls feature red, white, and blue stripes, while the dinner plates feature a blue crab juxtaposed against the red and white striped backdrop.
Lacoste Bisquine Towel, $27. Available at Shop.Lacoste.com
Headed to the beach over the weekend? Throwing a get-together by the pool? Then stay dry with this 100% cotton towel from Lacoste, which features holiday-appropriate red and white stripes in squiggly, wave-like formations that capture the spontaneity and whimsy of summer.
Ben-Amun Shooting Star Necklace, $495. Available at MaxandChloe.com
Before all eyes look towards the sky in anticipation of all the chrysanthemum, ring, peony, and spider effects created as part of your city's big firework display, those peepers will be fixated on your neck thanks to this elegant Ben-Amun necklace. Star-shaped pendants constructed using rhodium-plated pewter are encrusted with emerald, gold, lime, and sapphire Swarovski crystals and connected via small chain strands for a fluid, cascading effect that's simply magical. It'll feel like Tinkerbell waved her wand in your proximity and left behind a trail of dancing stars that made their way onto your chest.
Magid Stripe Wicker Medium Clutch, $80. Available at Endless.com
If you associate wicker with picnic baskets and patio chairs, Magid is about to give you an education. The summery plant fiber looks city slick in this envelope-shaped, hinged clutch — mainly thanks to design details like a fold-over, brown leather strap that holds a golden turn lock in place, not to mention the glossy, patent leather-like strips interwoven into the piece to give it a patriotic flair.
10-Count Lighted Metal Lanterns, $11.99. Available at Target.com
If you're planning a cookout, cocktail party, or just a low-key affair at your home or beach house, consider creating a festive mood with something as simple as your choice of lighting. This 7.5-foot-long cord features ten trapezoid-shaped metal lanterns in alternating red, white, and blue colors. The light emanating from the lanterns' multi-colored bulbs flows out via the star-shaped perforations along the metal surface, adding to the Independence Day-appropriate motif.
SOBRAL Chic Shock RJ Bracelet, $50. Available at SOBRALusa.com
Want to spruce up your Fourth of July ensemble without looking like a Rosie-the-Riveter-meets-Wonder- Woman hybrid? Apt for a simple detail like this versatile bracelet from SOBRAL, which features domino-shaped slithers of a cloudy, cobalt-colored resin with rounded top and bottom edges strung together by elastic for a snug (not to mention adjustable) fit. The bracelet's blue color is so intense it will make the Blue Man Group 's makeup look conservative, and the glossy finish adds just the right amount of flash.
Vans Stars & Stripes Slip-On, $45. Available at Vans.com
You'll have a higher star rating than Uncle Sam in these slip-on canvas kicks from Vans, which boast navy blue uppers covered with white stars and red-and-white striped insoles.