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What to Wear to a Cookout for the Fourth of July

by Rebecca Casamayor

On the Fourth of July, there will surely be fireworks bursting and American flags waving, but the real focus will be on people coming together to celebrate our country, enjoy good food, and spend time outdoors in the warm weather. And nothing fits that bill quite like a good old-fashioned cookout.

If you’re wondering what to wear to a cookout for this beloved summer holiday, read on for some of our fashion experts’ ideas. Whether you’re having a low-key gathering with family or attending a major feast with all of your friends, you’ll be able to wear these four pieces of clothing with pride for a cookout on America’s Independence Day.

An Off-the-Shoulder Blouse

One way to make sure you stay cool in the middle of summer is with an off-the-shoulder top. This style is flattering on everyone, and if you pull your hair back, it will really show off your neckline. Pair this top with your favorite linen skirt or tailored shorts for a look that’s casual and polished at the same time.

Off-the-Shoulder Blouse

Patterned Shorts

To make your outfit feel as festive as the holiday you’re celebrating, reach for a patterned item like this pair of shorts. If you’re wondering what to wear to a cookout, shorts can be the perfect piece—offering both fun and sophisticated vibes. Pair them with a ruffled shell or a pair of heeled sandals to take them from camp to glam.

Abstract Pattern Shorts

A Shift Dress

If you don’t want to stress about putting an outfit together, you can never go wrong with a classic shift dress. This sleeveless style will make sure you don’t overheat and will instantly give you a stylish, pulled together look. Add a pair of your favorite summer sandals and a long, layered necklace to dress it up even more.

Striped Shift Dress

A Polished Romper

The ultimate all-in-one outfit for summer? A romper, of course. Find a tailored romper in a breathable fabric to wear for your Fourth of July festivities. Flutter sleeves, for example, are airy enough for the day but can also help keep you warm when the sun goes down and the fireworks begin. For an added bit of elegance, a pair of statement earrings will take your look to the next level.

Flutter Sleeve Romper

Featured in this article:

Floral-Shadow Stripe Off-the-Shoulder Blouse, $89

5-Inch Smooth Stretch Abstract Shorts, $59

Striped Shift Dress, $84

Flutter-Sleeve White Romper, $110

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