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Staying fashion forward for the Fourth

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With the Fourth of July just around the corner—and the fact that our team is still vying for the World Cup championship!—it’s finally the perfect time to pull out the most obnoxious red, white and blue attire your closet has to offer! Whether donning that stars-and-stripes tee that you can only use a few times per year or pulling off the daring flag-styled bucket hat for a day under the sun, a bit of tacky and a touch of national arrogance is more than acceptable. However, there are a few ways you can opt for the classy and cute look while nonetheless showing off your patriotic pride this summer.

Color-blocking outfits: These are easy, trendy and probably already exist within your very own closet! With a chic red blouse and unique denim cut-offs or the always in-style white lace shorts and a chambray button-down, you can stay stylish and simultaneously avoid choking up extra cash for a once-a-year tawdry get-up.

Get crafty: If you are searching for other inexpensive alternatives for Fourth of July fashion, there are plenty of DIY ideas! Patch up some old jeans with patriotic pockets or use spray paint and stickers to create an all-over stars-and-stripes pattern on any piece of clothing.

Accessorize: Another easy way to show some nationalism in a subtly charming way is through accessories. Pair your color-blocked outfit from above with an appropriately-colored statement necklace, check out Toms flag-print collection or simply sport some simple star stud earrings. Whether opting for an American-themed bandeau, pair of sunglasses or well-placed bandana, the options are truly endless.

Use your hands: Show off some stars and stripes through your nail art...and don't be afraid to add in a little sparkle, as well! (Buzzfeed compiled an inspiring list for the talented, steady-hand manicurists out there—who knew there were 30 different ways to potentially pull it off?)

Play up your suit: Finally, a bold red bikini or fun, starred swimsuit can go a long way in showing off your American pride underneath a classier cover-up. Plus, what is the Fourth without a pool party or beach get-together?

If none of these more subtle red, white and blue ensembles work for you, there are always showy yet amusing options--everything from the borderline-offensive graphic tees to flag board shorts--at the local Goodwill. Whether going for fashion or flashy, you ultimately can't go wrong on the Fourth!

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