The American Way

Subtle Yet Slick Moves for The Fourth of July

A little goes a long way. When styling yourself for the most patriotic day of the year, remember that you don’t have to don Uncle Sam’s garish and spangled suit. Expand your horizons this time around as you head off to celebrate America’s biggest and most explosively fun holiday.

Whether you’re grilling those burgers, sipping martinis at a garden party, or o sailing for the day, stay comfy, stay relaxed, and stay stylish.

THE AMERICAN CLASSIC

A tried-and-true look for The Fourth of July has got to be a checkered button- down. Evoking an image of the heartland spirit, it’s at once a country nod and an homage to 1950’s perfection. Lacoste’s Gingham Cotton Shirt in Methylene Blue is cut to flatter.

Pair it with 511 Slim Fit jeans in bright white from Levi’s. Of course, you’ll need a great belt to accent the look; the Griffin Belt in chocolaty brown from Fossil is a classic and highly versatile way to go.

 

Finally, a pair of sturdy boat shoes are a must for every man’s summer. While they can easily get you around town on a day of errands, Sperry’s Authentic Original 2-Eye Boat Shoe in Sahara Leather can round out this look for a dashing party for Independence Day.

 

THE BBQ BRETHERAN

The image of a preppy summertime barbecue is definitely iconic Americana at its finest. Imagine: bright polos, either with popped collars or neatly down, sweaters casually tied around shoulders, and a perfectly mixed martini. Banana Republic’s Terry Polo in Preppy Navy is one part New England/East End posh with a bit of Superman heroism.

Polo Ralph Lauren Hampton Straight-Fit Jeans in white are a great complement to the polished look-up top. Subtle hand-sanding and distressing give them a worn-in look. How about adding that eye-catching bit of red to your patriotic ensemble with a watch? Gucci Men’s Swiss Dive Red Rubber Strap Watch is a suave timepiece that steps beyond the realm of accessories.

THE ROCKABILLY

If you’re looking to kick back with a beer (and strum the guitar to croon out a verse or two of “American Pie”), a relaxed rockabilly look might be more your thing. Graphic tees featuring staples of American iconography are a whimsical and expressive way to celebrate The Fourth. Urban Outfitters has long been a great source of these, including the Elvis Presley Pleasures Songs Tee. With a stunning graphic of The King himself on the front of the soft cotton tee, the back lists, in bright red letters, some of his greatest contributions to American rock.

Jeans are an obvious choice to go with a tee, but if you’re looking for something a bit cooler, American Eagle’s AEO Cutoff Denim Shorts are super comfortable, and the distressed detailing along the front and back is totally badass. Lace up a pair of red canvas low-top Converse and you’ll be ready to rock your way through America’s big day.