Red, white, and blue family dressing makes for a fun and festive Fourth of July. Whether coordinating attire for family photos, an event, or a holiday, it’s generally best to first pick a unifying color scheme. Particularly for a Family Fourth, this is easy! However, demonstrating your patriotic spirit doesn’t have to be prescriptive nor does family dressing require matching. And while a flag tee may be an easy way to wear the stars and stripes; instead get creative mixing and matching red, white, and blue elements to create a unique yet unifying family look.
Below are a few tips & tricks for Family Fourth of July dressing:
- Play with pattern. Blue and white gingham, red and white polka dots, or even a floral print can embody the holiday spirit – you don’t have to stick to stars and stripes. Plus, with the family in red, white, and blue, you don’t all have to be in a similar pattern because the color is your unifying theme.
- Add color with accessories. For example, Kirstin is wearing a blue and white floral dress, yet the addition of a red belt makes it more festive. The same effect could have been achieved with red shoes, a scarf, or even jewelry. This is also a great opportunity to have fun with bright sunglasses or loud hair accessories – just look at the kids!
- Neutrals work with all colors. Not everything in your look needs to be red, white, or blue. As seen here, rather than wearing blue or white shorts, Erik is wearing a light khaki. Other neutral colors such as a fatigue or grey could work just as well.
- Ensure that your colors are of the same tone. While not everything has to match, there are tonal variations of colors that should remain the same. For example, the Anderson family is wearing navy rather than a brighter, royal blue. Likewise the same can be true for tonal variations of reds and whites versus creams. You don’t want to match, but you want to look like you belong together!
Finally, consider your family’s unique styles. Can’t get your son out of his sneakers? Your 4 year-old will only wear dresses? Instead, find pieces that will make everyone comfortable, yet coordinates well with the rest of the group. The goal in family holiday or event dressing isn’t to match but to look complimentary. Most importantly, everyone should be happy and enjoying a fun celebration!
On Erik: J.Crew, Gap (similar), and Scotch & Soda.
On Kirstin: Madewell (no longer available), J.Crew, and Anthropologie (belt, cuff, necklace).
On Landon: Crewcuts (shorts, shirt no longer available similar) and Pottery Barn Kids.
On Kendall: Crewcuts (skirt no longer available similar, headband), Peek (sale!), and Gap (jacket, sunglasses).
This post was a feature in Laurelhurst Windermere Living magazine. A very special ‘Thank You’ to the Anderson family for being gorgeous models and good sports!
Can’t believe it’s the end of June (and the Fourth is around the corner?!) Thanks for reading. ~Jenn