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Lorraine is a style obsessed mama to two young kids, a wife to a supportive husband and a family photographer. Lorraine graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2006, with a degree in advertising photography. She enjoys quiet moments, silly kids, clothes, shoes, coffee and a little wine too. Can't get enough of her here on FredParent? Check out her personal blog: Rain in Style.

 



Rain in Style

Can you guys believe it?!? The Fourth of July is right around the corner. I feel like yesterday it was Christmas, but then again, I was in a store recently that DID have a lot Christmas stuff out…so there's that. Christmas in July? Say it ain't so. It's hard to think about plans for the fourth when there are already Christmas trees up. Unless, of course, you dig those Santa ornaments that are dressed up for the Fourth of July... I mean nothing says summer fun and fireworks quite like a fourth of July Santa ornament. Just sayin', in case you need a good hostess gift.  And if I end up with a bunch of Fourth of July Santa ornaments at my door, I know who to thank... LOL.

But anyway, back to the topic at hand. The Fourth of July! Fireworks!!!! BBQ’s!!!! Drinks!!! All good times, and I enjoy all of the things associated with July fourth, except it's my least favorite holiday. I know, how very unpatriotic of me, but I'm just not a fan of huge crowds, traffic and hot weather. I'm the one that would be perfectly happy watching fireworks on the TV. Sorry not sorry. 

 

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Here's something that I do like about the Fourth of July - it's the only day when you can wear red white and blue and not worry about looking too much like the American flag. Or is that just me? But, let's take a minute and evaluate style choices for a patriotic day. Now, I know we've all seen the graphic tees with American flags, or other patriotic things… and the bathing suits with the Stars and Stripes… those are all well and good.  But how about we try it the Rain in Style way? A little more subtle (is that the right word? because I'm not subtle very often)…still fun… just a little less obvious. You know, the fun is in keeping them guessing. And, you probably already have a lot of pieces in your closet that can double for a fun outfit for those July 4th parties (and did you send me an invite???!??).

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Take the outfit above. Why not take a simple white dress, and add red and blue accents? We still have the red, white and blue concept, but have simplified it a little bit. I love my red heels, so I went with them and added a red necklace and blue clutch. And, yes, I realize that it might be hard to wear heels to a picnic, so you can switch them for wedges or flats! I did a quick search on DSW.com and I found two cute options for a red wedge shoe, here and here. Now I want them too! However, you could also swap the clutch out and do a light weight jacket.  Or, do a blue statement necklace and red shoes (even vice versa!)  The white dress is is H&M, and both it and the navy jacket came from ThredUP.  Red heels are by Jessica Simpson from DSW and my necklace came from Kohl's. You can find it here. Starting with a solid color basic piece is a great foundation to add to and there's so many fun options.

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Speaking of fun options…

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See what I did there? Stars & Stripes. This family outfit idea came together at the very last second before we left for this shoot. I'd probably get a better striped shirt for my son, and have my daughter in a better star outfit… but I used what I had on hand. My husband asked what he'd be…and I still don't know. LOL. Maybe he can be the exclamation point? A firecracker? I'm all out of ideas.  

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The ampersand shirt came from Zulily, my red skirt is a Lularoe Cassie, and the denim vest came from ThredUP.  My shoes are from Target.  I love the simplicity and ease of this outfit and it's versatile.  All of these pieces can be worn again on any given day… unlike maybe a more literal flag shirt or whatever. You can easily change out the booties that I am wearing with flat sandals, wedges or even chucks!

 

Another great idea is pattern mixing. It's fun and the fourth of July is fun...so why not?!? The flag itself is even festive with its pattern mixing...am I right? Why not try mixing stripes and forals, in patriotic colors. For this outfit, I even threw in lace...you know to keep everyone on their toes. And, of course you can swap out my heels for wedges or flats.    

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Now, ya'll know about my love affair with rompers, right? If not read all about it here.  Since I love rompers so very much, I thought that I would include an outfit using one of my navy ones (yeah I said one of, because there's multiple navy rompers in my closet, LOL). This romper came from TJMaxx, and the cardigan vest thing is from ThredUP. You could swap it out for a jean jacket, but seeing as here in Virginia, it's almost always 200 degrees outside on the fourth, I will stick with the light weight vest.  

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A note about my shoes, I LOVE these shoes.  But the heels are very high, so they wouldn't be practical for outside events.  Anyone having an inside party on the fourth? If so, invite me so I can wear these shoes. LOL.

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So, go on and get your patriotic gear on, hit as many BBQ parties as you can, bring a lawnchair and watch the fireworks... just enjoy the holiday. It's the start of a very stylish summer, and let's be like fireworks, light up the night and make people go oooh and ahhhh.  And now you're singing that Katy Perry song...you know the one...

"You just gotta ignite the light
And let it shine
Just own the night
Like the Fourth of July
'Cause baby you're a firework
Come on show 'em what your worth
Make 'em go "Oh, oh, oh!"

 

 LOL.

 

Head on over to www.raininstyle.com  for more Fourth fun.  

-xo

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