4th of July outfit ideas for your summer get-together

Even better? A lot of these 4th of July outfit staples are on sale—but you'll have to hurry

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Cute 4th of July outfit options are begging for the spotlight at your annual Independence Day BBQ. 

While we might not be feeling particularly patriotic or independent this year, don't put out the sparklers just yet—as at the very least, we deserve to add a few additions to our summer capsule wardrobe for the special occasion.

These looks are cute for the occasion and will keep you cool if the weather heats up too. Any outdoor get-together will also make get the perfect excuse to jump on this summer's trend of straw bags—and they'll look super stylish with all of these outfits. If you want to bring some glam to the festivities, try out a few of our 4th of July makeup looks with your outfit, too.

Cute 4th of July outfit ideas

1. Something red

A subtle tribute to the American flag, a red dress is the perfect option for a backyard bbq. Pair it with a white button down—another nod to our nation's colors—if the temperature drops slightly when the fireworks start.


H&M Jersey A-Line Dress
$14.99 $11.99

A short, A-line dress with a straight hem and adjustable straps. Available in sizes XS to XXL and red, black and light beige.


H&M Oxford Shirt
$24.99 $19.99

A classic, cotton button down with a relaxed fit. Available in sizes XS to XXL and in white or light blue. 


Espadrille sneakers
$35.99 $28.79

Cotton twill sneakers with platform soles and a braided jute trim. Available in sizes 4 to 11 and white, denim blue and beige.

2. Gingham

A little gingham goes a long way during the summer. For an Americana look, opt for Reformation's Bea Top in red—it essentially screams "cherry pie."

It will look great with relaxed jeans and a flat sandal. Even better? Reformation is one of the best sustainable fashion brands out there.


Reformation Bea Top

A sleeveless, peplum top with an adjustable neck tie available in sizes 0 to 12. 


Zara Mom Fit Jeans
$45.90 $29.99

High-waisted jeans with five pockets that comes in five denim washes. Available in sizes 25 to 32.


Zara Flat Leather Sandals with Buckle
$49.90 $39.99

A flat leather sandal with toe post and metal buckle in black or brown. Available in sizes 5 to 11. Various half-sizes available.

3. A maxi dress

For an airy, relaxed "I'm on vacation" feel, you can never go wrong with a maxi dress. Catch a few on our list of the best summer dresses on Amazon.


Old Navy Cotton-Poplin Cami Maxi Swing Dress for Women
$44.99 $17.99


Old Navy Criss-Cross Faux-Leather Sandals 
: $19.99 $16

Faux-leather wide cross-strap sandals in black and brown. Available in sizes 6 to 11. Various half-sizes available.

4. A bathing suit

Whether you're beach-bound or taking a dip in the pool, you'll want to make a splash  in the water and with a killer suit. 

The Girlfriend Collective swimwear line, an expanded 13-piece size-inclusive collection, comes in adorable colors, allows you to mix and match pieces and offers more durable features than before, including a built-in bra with removable cups, thicker fabric and an elastic finish. Sizes range from XXS to 6XL. 


Girlfriend Collective Provence Isla Wrap Tie One Piece

This snug one-piece includes a deep v neck, removable cups with medium support, moderate seat coverage and a wrap tie to pull the look together.

5. Crochet tops

Crochet tops for women are a hot topic of interest on TikTok. They give off a retro, 70s-inspired energy that we welcome during the summer.

If you don't have time to whip out the yarn and needles before your get-together, we suggest taking a stroll over to your local H&M.


H&M Crochet-look Crop Top
$17.99 $14.39

Sleeveless, fitted crop top in pointelle-knit cotton with a scalloped edge. Available in sizes XXS to XL. 


H&M Mom Comfort Ultra High Denim Shorts
$24.99 $19.99

An extra high waist 5-pocket shorts in thick cotton denim. Available in sizes 0 to 18.

6. A romper

Need a classy, chic option for your family picnic? A romper is the way to go. It's certainly stylish, but—fair warning—don't expect a terribly easy process when it comes time to go to the bathroom!


Minorca Cobalt Blue Romper
$44 $32.50

This rich-colored romper features adjustable spaghetti straps, a square neckline and a relaxed, sleeveless bodice.

Danielle Valente
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Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

When Danielle’s not writing, you can find her testing out a new recipe, reading a book (suggestions always welcome), or rearranging the furniture in her apartment…again.