How to Wear Red, White & Blue

By Jessi Afshin

One of my favorite aspects of fashion is watching how American style changes drastically through the years… and then simply cycles back and repeats. Things might have changed just a bit since the first Memorial Day held back in 1868, but it’s still worth noting the way that history inspires today’s modern wardrobe. Regardless of past style revolutions, the patriotic pops of red, white and blue will forever serve their duty in a nationalistic fashion statement. We’ve curated the ultimate guide to today’s patriotic trends so you wear your stars and stripes stylishly this Memorial weekend!

Go ahead and declare yourself patriotic with an easy, effortless pairing of stripes on stripes. (image source)

get the look:

Madewell Surfbreeze Sweatshirt in Stripe

Chunky Crochet Fedora

Leonard Round-Frame Sunglasses by Illesteva

A modern take on the cadet blazer will have you looking extra memorable this holiday weekend. (image source)

get the look:

Collection Rylan Wool and Cotton-blend Blazer

Tiffany Denim Jeans by French Connection

Ditch the bikini set and soak up the sun in a one-piece this summer, (image source)

get the look:

Sportif Seductress One-Piece by Nanette Lepore

Honey Sun Hat by Eugenia Kim

Take advantage of this year’s sneaker and tee trend to get America’s favorite comfy-casual look. (image source)

get the look:

J. Crew Vintage Cotton Tee in Stars

Vans Authentic Sneaker

Converse Chuck Taylor High-Rise Sneaker

Who’s ready for the denim party? (image source)

get the look:

Denim Western Shirt in Pale Indigo by J. Crew

The ELLSWORTH Jean by MiH Jeans

Cover up with Pinterest’s favorite patriotic sweater by Rag & Bone. (image source)

get the look:

Talia V Neck Sweater by Rag & Bone

When in doubt, wear red. (image source)

get the look:

Splendid Shirting Short Jumpsuit

Le Vernis Nail Color in Rouge Rubis by Chanel

This year’s white-on-white trend will having you glowing in memorial spirit. (image source)

get the look:

Marlo Silk Top by Joie

Skyline Ankle Peg Skinny Jeans by Paige Denim

Noive Double-Strap Leather Sandals

A plaid button-down is everyone’s favorite closet staple; Americanize it with pops of red, white and blue.

get the look:

Shirt No. 1 in Cottons Point Plaid by California Tailor

If you’re really in the spirit, proudly strut those stars and stripes. (image source)

get the look:

Ralph Lauren Stars & Stripes Bikini Top & Bottoms

‘Made in USA’ Raglan Sleeve Tee by Wildfox

Classic American Slip-On by TOMS