How to Dress Patriotically: Tips from Festivalgoers

posted by Laura Baker-Finch on July 01, 2014

Patriotism at Lightning in a Bottle 2014 by Oliver Correa

With 4th of July only a few short days away, it is time to start planning your USA-inspired outfit. Step up your usual summer BBQ attire this Independence Day with flags, bandanas, face paint, and plenty of red, white, and blue designs. Scroll down for inspiration and tips from America-loving music festival attendees - the inexplicable kings of USA clothing. 

After you have your 4th of July outfit on standby, follow this playlist for your ultimate summer BBQ playlist. It features 65 of the best tracks of 2014 so far, perfect for mid-year celebrations. 

Less is More 

by Laura Baker-Finch 

Sometimes the best way to put focus on an item of clothing (or the meaning of said item of clothing) is to only wear that item of clothing. Plus it is summer, after all. 

More is More

by Marjana Jaidi; by Laura Baker-Finch

Though other times, the opposite holds true. Don't settle for one patriotic article of clothing! Stacks on stacks on stacks, as they say. 

Bring a Flag 

by Marjana Jaidi

You'll be pressed to find a more patriotic symbol of the United States of America than the American Flag. Wave that thing with pride...

Wear a Flag 

by Laura Baker-Finch

... or wear that thing with pride. Flags work as perfect doubles for capes or drapes, as these festivalgoers demonstrate. 

Spell it Out 

by Laura Baker-Finch

Worried people may take your color choices as mere color blindness and/or personal preference? First of all, you shouldn't think this - it's 4th of July for goodness sake. But, say, you're in a foreign country, go ahead and spell it out for them. 

It's All in the Tee 

by Laura Baker-Finch; by Oliver Correa

Simple can be best in many situations, and one flag-like component to your outfit will do the trick of letting people know you're patriotic, but subtle. Even Nick Offerman has the right idea.

by Kelsey Stoulil


by Marjana Jaidi

Sunglasses, flower crowns, bandanas, tutus, bow ties... the possibilities are endless when it comes to accessorizing your patriotic attire. Pair these add-ons with some of the other suggestions above or make them the focal point with simple clothing choices underneath. 

Now let's take a second to digest what we've learned here... Just like dressing for music festivals in general, there are no rules when it comes to dressing patriotically. Pack on that red, white, and blue and celebrate like it's 1776! 

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