Red White & Beautiful :: 4th of July look

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Whether you're picnicking, beachside, or hosting a family barbecue, embrace the Americana spirit and proudly show your stars and stripes this July 4th - you can take that literally or just wear red, white, and blue like me :)
The eyelet detailing on the shoulders and hem really drew me to this dress. I believe it's the small things that make a piece special. This is definitely no ordinary also comes in black! Purchase either color here
Notice my NYC Alex & Ani bangle? I love this design and the cool thing is that this is exactly what the old metro coins used to ride the subway looked like back in the day. That's what I like to call retro accessorizing at its finest! 
I own quite a few belts but yet never seem to wear them as often as I could. However, this nude belt is definitely one that I'm going to get a lot of use out of.  I can already tell! I love the thickness of it and how the color effortlessly matches literally everything I own. For me, the thicker the belt the more modern appeal it has. 
These Kate Spade stud earrings seem to have been made for the 4th. The red and white pattern is subtly festive, which is just perfect when dressing for the occasion in a way that's not so in-your-face. 
These Clark's heels are the perfect shade of nude for my skin tone. Call me pale, but from far away it almost looks like I'm shoeless! 
I don't have a huge hat collection (yet) but two of the five hats I do own are fedoras. The shape really fits my head well - I love how they look! This one is ideal for summer due to its light coloring and straw material. I find myself wanting to wear it with everything. 
I'm not one to wear anything too gaudy when it comes to holiday dressing, but for the 4th of July especially, the outfit ideas come easy and it's a cinch to find effortless inspiration - no one wants to match the occasion in an obvious, over-the-top fashion. Think a simple white top, denim, and a red lip; because what's more American than a red lip? Or take my lead and opt for a feminine white dress complete with red & blue accessories (nails count too)!
Photos by Virginia Kluiters
[dress: Ann Taylor, hat: Ann Taylor, belt: Ann Taylor, heels: Clark's (old but I also love these and they're on sale), earrings: Kate Spade, gold bangle: Alex & Ani, amethyst bangle: David Yurman, gold link bracelet: Stella & Dot, silver heart bracelet: Tiffany & Co., sunglasses: borrowed from my roommate who bought them from a street vendor in NYC (similar here), lipstick: Urban Decay's F-Bomb]

It's always fun for me to put together a 4th of July look. Usually I come up with a couple, but this year I decided to focus on just one. I've been obsessing over this white shirtdress since I bought it so I really wanted to make it shine. And how adorable are these red heart-shaped sunnies? This pair is my roommate's but I'm thinking I need to invest in a pair for myself (purchase yours here). They're so fun...and they look fabulous next to a red lip! 

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday. I don't have plans yet for the big day but that's the great thing about living in the city, if you can't find something to do, something will find you! 


  1. Oh, Kat! This is such an amazing look! You remind me of Carrie Bradshaw walking the streets of NYC!
    I adore the the dress and I bet it looks awesome in black too! And it was such a smart choice to add that belt because now the whole look comes together and has more shape!
    I wish I could pull off fedora hats half as good as you do!

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  3. You look so pretty !

  4. Ee, Kat, you look absolutely gorgeous, and this is such a pretty 4th of July look! The eyelet detailings are defo sellers, and I love your hat!

    May • THE MAYDEN

  5. This outfit is SO so cute! I love the sunglasses as well. And your makeup looks flawless! Perfection from head to toe.

  6. What a simple, classic dress. The belt you added is a perfect touch!

  7. I agree with you on the eyelet detailing on your dress makes it so special! It's the little touches like that, that make it perfect! I love the little things to make this outfit perfect for the holiday from your pretty red lips, cute earrings and lovely painted nails! You always make a a gorgeous presentation with every outfit!


  8. The best 4th July look! Subtle but totally in the spirit!

  9. I love it!
    xx Katha

  10. You look fab Kat!!!!!! I love this dress!!!!
    Kisses, Paola.


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  11. So beautiful! Crazy in love with this look, especially the dress! x

  12. I love this all white look and those glasses are to cute!! I had the same Alex and Ani charm but I can not find it anywhere. I may have to got to the store and get another one.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC

  13. Great selections which are simple but very charming as they fit into the natural surroundings so well! Love the layering effect too which is so chic
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  14. darling everything looks perfect!

  15. Love your sunglasses ♥

  16. stunning
    you look so beautiful
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  17. Beautiful dress!

  18. Such a cute summer look! you look beautiful!

    xx Karolina Jo

  19. You look lovely, beautiful dress! I know I'm a bit late but Happy 4th of July!!! :)

  20. Fabulous!! Love this look! Neat bracelet too :) Hope you had a fantastic 4th of July!

    House of Illusions

  21. This dress looks amazing on is one of my favorites!

  22. It's a great dress, I like the broderie is a fresh fabric and ultra feminine, I also like the touch that gives the fedora, Kat look great!

  23. That dress is super cute and I love the pop of red to make the outfit 4th of July ready AND a bit more glam! Totally NYC chic :)

    Something About That

  24. You look soooooo gorgeous! That dress is perfect and your hair is amazing! Hope you had a great 4th!

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  25. You look so stunning in that dress! Hope you had a wonderful 4th of July weekend <3

  26. Such an absolutely adorable look! I love your red lips too! <3 <3

    Kiss Me Darling

  27. A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E Kat! Love your dress with the beautiful eyelet detail! The nude accents and red lips really hit it out of the park! :) Hope you had an awesome 4th of July girlie!

  28. Gorgeous look, Kat! And love your makeup!

  29. I love this look !! Your dress is perfect :)