The fourth of July is upon us and everyone wants to show their patriotic colors. But how do you wear red, white and blue without looking like a cartoon character? Follow these tips so no one mistakes you for an Uncle Sam character:
Think prints. Choosing a stripe, plaid or polka dot print that incorporates red, white and blue makes a statement without going overboard. Pair your printed top or bottom with a solid, and wear neutral shoes and accessories to balance the look.
Choose cream over white. Instead of mixing red and blue with a bright white, try pairing them with cream. It creates a softer appearance while still keeping in theme with the holiday.
Color block. Make it easy by purchasing a dress or shirt in the color blocking trend, or do the trick yourself by layering solid pieces, such as a red tank top over a white t-shirt. Add a pair of navy shorts and you are good to go!
Pick one patriotic accessory. One of the easiest ways to get the patriotic feel while looking chic is by donning just one themed-accessory. Consider wearing a solid color from head to toe (choose red, white or blue), then add an accessory that incorporates all three hues, such as a scarf, belt or jewelry. Try stacking a handful of bangles on your wrist, or tying several scarves of various prints and solids together for a low-cost, high-end look. Chances are, you probably already have something in your closet you can use.
Now you’ve got the perfect 4th of July outfit, here are some events around the Tampa Bay area to show it off:
Belleair Bluffs will host an Independence Day picnic on Friday, July 4, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Community Center building and park at City Hall, 2747 Sunset Blvd. The event will feature a dessert contest, hamburgers and hot dogs prepared by the Belleiar Bluffs firefighters, an inflatable bounce house with slide, music and karaoke, a dunk tank and a Pinellas County Sheriff’s K-9 unit presentation. Call 584-2151.
The 18th annual Clearwater Celebrates America event will begin with a jazz concert on Thursday, July 3, at Coachman Park, 301 Drew St. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Concessionaires will sell food on both days and there will be a craft show, sponsor booths and activities for children. Gates open at 4 p.m. on Thursday and 2 p.m. on Friday. Admission is free. Call 727-562-4700.
Entertainment by the 60s Groove and the Shaguars will be featured on Friday, July 4, 6 p.m., at Knology Park, 311 Douglass Ave., Dunedin. Food and drink vendors will be on hand. Fireworks will commence at 9:30 p.m. Call 727-812-4531.
Gulfport will kick off a full day’s worth of events on July 4 with a kids’ fishing derby from 8 to 11 a.m. at the recreation center seawall. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. The festivities will conclude with a fireworks display, sponsored by Stetson College of Law and Boca Ciega Yacht Club, at 9 p.m. Call 727-893-1067.
The Fourth of July Celebration at Channelside, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa, will begin at 2 p.m. Live entertainment will start at 6 p.m. with DJs spinning tunes before and after the 9 p.m. fireworks display. Call 813-223-4250.
The Florida Aquarium in Tampa will welcome guests on Friday, July 4. Guests will be admitted for $10 after 3 p.m. Aquarium hours will be extended to 9:30 p.m. so guests can soak up the fun at Explore A Shore and watch fireworks over the channel. Call 813-273-4000.