Outfit Inspiration

Fourth of July Men's Outfits: When and How to Wear the Red, White and Blue

hint, it's not a stars and stripes swimsuit

July 4th, here we come! One more day until this year’s l-o-o-o-n-g holiday weekend.

Time to eat your body weight in burgers, raise a glass to America…and fight off your inclination to dress head-to-toe in stars and stripes.

Draping yourself in flag-patterned clothes is a sartorial decision, and certainly your right to make it, but but especially in today’s political climate, it can read as a statement, and I’m not sue it’s the one you’d want to make.

Here I go getting all political (P.S., to the lady who commented “Unfollow” on SG’s Instagram after we posted a photo from a rally whose mission was #KeepingFamiliesTogether, which seems to me to be a pretty nonpartisan goal to aspire to, buckle up!), I’ve always really bristled at the use of American flags in fashion. I find it brings out the worst both in those who wear it, and in those observing who don’t.

How so? Well, I dislike the way some people wear patriotic clothing then act in a way that seems not at all in line with the ideals on which our nation was founded. And on the other side of things, I hate how some people write the bold fashion statement off with a dismissive view that confines its wearers to a different group altogether, one that lives not in America, but in “‘Merica.” This “othering” attitude feels similarly unhelpful and divisive to our living side by side in peaceful co-existence.

Here’s what our president (no, not that one), had to say on the issue back in 2008:

“…You know what, I probably haven’t worn a flag pin in a very long time. After a while I noticed people wearing a lapel pin and not acting very patriotic. My attitude is that I’m less concerned about what you’re wearing on your lapel than what’s in your heart. You show your patriotism by how you treat your fellow Americans, especially those who serve. You show your patriotism by being true to our values and ideals. That’s what we have to lead with is our values and our ideals.”

   – President Barack Obama, aka Barry O, aka, Come Back, Barack (via Politifact)

In the spirit of “shut up and dribble,” I’ll bring this all back to FASHUN.

This year, instead of star-spangled swim trunks or a flag-draped baseball cap, why not try color blocking your way to a subtly patriotic vibe? A simplified mix of red, white, and blue makes for the stylish, non-aggressive lewk I have to assume (or is it hope?) most of you are going for. Wear the pieces below in good health, and on your own pursuit of happiness.

Below, our picks for Fourth of July men’s outfits:

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Want more outfit inspiration? See how to pack your bags for July 4th and catch up on June before conquering July.

(feature image: Gray Malin)