Happy Birthday America // red + blue + polka dots

Monday, June 27, 2016

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Time to break out your fave red/white/blue combos to celebrate America's birthday in true patriotic style! But of course, while staying spirited is essential, avoiding the whole gaudy, over-the-top thing is ALSO essential. So consider this your guide to staying festively fashionable...without looking cheesy! 
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Sophisticated chic, meet effortless comfort! This matching two-piece set is ideal for hot days and long nights. It's truly a no-brainer look that's certainly eye-catching and totally ideal for the season. Even better, the navy coloring with nude polka dots echoes the stars on our beloved flag! 
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No patriotic ensemble is complete without a dash of red! And to keep things from looking TOO planned and coordinated, bringing along a crimson bag is the perfect way to subtly introduce the bold hue. Paint your nails white for bonus points! 
red suede clutch
matching shorts set
And of course - the red lip. You all must know by now how I feel about a red lip. Here I chose a light shade that matches my clutch. And while mattes and creams are great, I opted for a sheer lipstick to give my look a more laid-back, summery vibe. Sheer lipsticks are great for this time of year because they give you color while keeping your look effortless and carefree - the idea: not too much, not too little. 
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Not wanting to take anything away from my polka dotted ensemble, I decided to pick très casual sandals that are virtually invisible. I think these guys did the trick! Plus, they make roaming around the city OR the beach a total breeze! 
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Sunglasses are a must during these sunny months, and this pair is a go-to for me. I have a very small face so it's a challenge to find sunnies that don't completely overwhelm me, but these pretty much look custom-made! 
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I didn't want to overcrowd my look with a statement necklace, but I also felt a little bare without ANY necklace on. So I chose a dainty gold choker. Just like my flip flops, this piece blends in perfectly and is pretty much invisible from afar. Mission accomplished! 
gold chain choker
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A sneaky way to inject some white into your 4th of July outfit is to add pearl earrings. Especially teamed with a red lip, you'll be completely on theme while avoiding the dreaded I-tried-too-hard look. 
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It's a bit hard to tell here, but my watch is actually polka dotted - just like my shorts and top. It's another one of those barely-there pieces that kind of blends in with the rest of my look. 
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The polka dots here are definitely the focal point of my look, which is why I stayed clear of statement accessories and wild colors. And while I certainly love to go bold, sometimes simpler is better! 
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[top: Ann Taylor // shorts: Ann Taylor // sandals: Sam Edelman // clutch: BCBG Max Azria // sunglasses: Anthropologie (similar here) // watch: Kate Spade // earrings: Ann Taylor (similar here) // necklace: fine jewelry (similar here) // heart tag bracelet: Tiffany & Co. // amethyst bangle: David Yurman // lipstick: Slowburn by Urban Decay

For the 4th I just love the idea of rocking an adorable shorts suit rather than a fussy sundress, which can be a bit risky during weekend adventuring. In fact, I've already sported this exact outfit on TWO separate occasions since I bought it - talk about getting enough bang for your buck, right? 

I wore this for a day out in Brooklyn that was filled with Smorgasburg food, flea markets, bars, and LOTS of walking. I've also worn this out shopping on 5th Ave. followed by an Italian-themed date night. See? The possibilities are endless! 
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  1. Woww!! Beautiful dress!! You looks gorgeous darling!
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  2. Wow! Ein wunderschöner Look!
    Liebe Grüße

  3. I love the two-piece set! It looks beautiful on you and the bag goes with it so nicely x

    |Georgia Megan|

  4. you look so pretty!


  5. You look absolutely amazing :).


  6. Hi, I absolutely love this twin set! <3



  7. You look awesome sweetie!! I love twin sets and this is definitely a gorgeous one!! Amazing photos as well! kisses! :)

    Theano from FASHIONIZEIN

  8. Love love love the polka dots here! Such a gorgeous and fun outfit for the 4th.


  9. Amazing shirt and shorts! ♥♥♥


  10. The co-ord looks so nice on you! I think I've said it before - you look amazing in polka dots, they suit you so well!
    I love the fact that you did a subtle 4th of July look, because some people just go craaazy :D Hope you'll have a fantastic holiday! Any plans yet?


  11. Love your take on the red, white, and blue trend! So chic <3

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  12. Oh I LOVE this!! Love it! I think it is should out in my size :( and you styled it so well.

    Allie of ALLIENYC

  13. I love that set,you lookamzing,so chic and sosphiticated too

  14. I love that this outfit is festive but not costume-y! You look classy and gorgeous!


  15. Simply stunning!


  16. Such a cute look! I love it.

  17. Perfect outfit! Happy fourth of July sweetie!

  18. Lovely!
    I love the red touch on your personal outfit.
    So gorgeous!

    crunhcy cheese me

  19. stunning outfit Kathleen. I love the pops of polka-dot with red and white.
    Rachel xo

  20. Love it this mix effortless but chic!


  21. Casually beautiful in this two piece! Quite the polka dot print, very unique, and you look lovely as always!

    House of Illusions