Americana 101: 5 Trendy Ways to Rock Red, White and Blue

Memorial Day is just around the corner (which means only eight hours of work stand between you and a three-day weekend!). Are you as excited as we are?! Whether your plans involve camping, sunbathing or picnics galore, Memorial Day is the perfect holiday to sport your red, white, and blue. Americana-themed outfits are a long-standing summer trend, so we’re sharing our favorite looks to help you refresh your festive wardrobe. The best part about these Memorial Day ensembles? You can rock them again on Fourth of July (and every other day this summer, TBH). Check out our patriotic must-haves below!

Subtle Stripes

To showcase your pride without going overboard, opt for an understated piece like this off-the-shoulder dress. It’s no secret this ruffled frock is adorable on its own, but when paired with a red lip, the Americana theme comes to life! Complement the look with a navy blue bandana, wrapping it around your neck to create a super trendy choker. (If ‘90s-esque fashion isn’t your cup of tea, use the bandana as a headband or hanky instead.) Finally, pull it all together with your go-to white tennies – nothing beats an outfit that’s both cute AND comfy!

Flag Print Kimono

For the foundation of this outfit, stick to the basics: a plain white tee or tank paired with your favorite denim shorts. Capris or skinnies work too if the day’s a little chilly! Opt for minimal accessories and neutral shoes or sandals to allow this kimono to be the star of the ensemble (literally – we love the festive flag print!). Bonus style tip? If you’re headed to the beach or out on a boat, this lightweight piece doubles as a swimsuit cover up.

Nautical Mini-Dress

Another subtly patriotic look comes in the form of this anchor-print dress. This look is perfect for a cookout or Memorial Day brunch (or even an outdoor wedding if you have one coming up!). You can dress the outfit down by wearing flip flops or sneakers, OR dress it up by donning your go-to block heel sandals. Finally, to stay warm (and festive) long after the sun goes down, keep a red or white cardigan on hand to throw over your shoulders.

Graphic Tees

For an adorably casual take on the Americana trend, opt for patriotic graphic tee or tank. We love this racer back style from Meijer, just make sure to don the appropriate undergarments! A lace bralette, sports bra or bandeau would all suffice (your swimsuit top is also a quick, easy option). Pair this top with denim bottoms or patterned soft shorts – as long as the print features red, white or blue, they’ll match (we promise!). Not sure how to style cotton shorts for summer? Check out these tips from blogger Blonde Bedhead.

Patriotic Accessories

The easiest way to make your outfits more festive is to add red, white and blue accessories! We know patchwork purses are all the rage this summer, and bandanas are a staple Memorial Day accessory. Throw in wayfarer- or aviator-style sunglasses and your Americana ensemble will be perfectly complete.

Throwing a picnic this weekend and need tablescape tips? Head over to this post by Girl About Columbus!

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