Ah, the Fourth of July — friends, fireworks, and crazy delicious all-American backyard barbecue. What could be better? Looking fabulous, that’s what–in an Independence Day-appropriate ensemble that a) won’t have you melting in the crazy summer heat and b) doesn’t make you look like you ARE the Fourth of July parade on two legs.

The truth is, it’s totally fine–nay, expected!–that you’ll sport the old red, white and blue, but there are ways to display your patriotic joie de vie while still looking cute and current. Of course, what you wear depends in part on just exactly where you’ll be celebrating said holiday, so we’ve picked pieces for some likely settings in which you might find yourself scarfing down hot dogs–er, we mean celebrating freedom.

Fourth of July Outfit Ideas

The Family Backyard Barbecue

Picnic tables, Weber grills and melting rocket pops–we don’t know about you, but this scenario is both scary and a little slice of heaven all wrapped up into one. The upside: if you’re a girl who’s all about comfort, this is about as laid-back and informal as it gets. The downside: being at, say, your mom’s house, it would be tempting to just show up in your pj’s. But in the name of maintaining (or establishing?) your position as a bona fide grown-up, might we suggest these super-easy-but-still-sophisticated options instead?

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Hammered Effect Bangle

Hammered Effect Bangle, $14.99 from Mango