Outfit Inspiration

Stylish Fourth of July Men's Outfits

Hint, it's not a stars and stripes swimsuit

By Megan Collins | Last Updated: Jun 25 2019

July 4th, here we come!

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.

How can you look stylish and patriotic on July 4th?

Draping yourself in flag-patterned clothes is a sartorial decision. And it’s certainly your right to make it. In today’s political climate, though, it can read as a statement that isn’t necessarily 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 awhile back, 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, plenty of folks quite literally drape themselves in the stars and stripes yet act like our country’s founding principles that all men were created equal has been achieved (spoiler: it hasn’t).

On the other hand, the other-ing of those with a “‘Merica” mindset 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 topic all the way 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)

Bottom line?

You can absolutely look stylish and patriotic without sporting a “Don’t tread on me” American flag bandana.

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? Or going for two out of three of our flag’s colors?

Get inspired by the Fourth of July men’s outfits below, then shop our low-key July Fourth style picks. Wear them in good health, and on your own pursuit of happiness.

Below, some inspiration for all your Fourth of July men’s outfits:

via Levitate Style

Fourth of July outfit idea: 2/3 flag-inspired hues

As GQ so eloquently put it, “There are but a handful of men who can pull off literally dressing like the American flag, and chances are—unless your name is Steve Rogers or Juelz Santana—you probably aren’t one of them.”

Instead, rock the red, white, and blue in subtler ways. That includes: restricting yourself to two colors from the flag instead of the whole star-spangled trio.

via Notoriously Dapper

Fourth of July outfit idea: Veer away from primary colors

Deconstruct your Fourth of July look with colors that pick up on the patriotic theme while staying far (far) away from a shirt that looks like a flag.

I love the birds in Kelvin’s shirt that are red and blue, yes, but not the bright primary colored hues of the American flag.

via Effortless Gent

Fourth of July outfit idea: An abstract print in red, white, and blue

Why not do as Effortless Gent’s Barron Cuadro does and wear a camp collar shirt in bold red, white and blue?

You would never look at this and think “American flag” except when wearing it on July Fourth, and then you’ll look appropriate and stylish.

via EJ Samson

Fourth of July outfit idea: Stripes, no stars

My pal EJ Samson works in marketing at Twitter but could throw it all away to become a style star on Instagram. Seriously, give the guy a follow for serious sartorial inspiration if you want both casual work outfit ideas and low-key off-duty lewks.

Here, he shows how to nail not one summer trend but three—espadrilles, perfectly proportioned shorts, and a striped tee—all in one outfit.

// Shop #SGapproved Fourth of July picks //

Tailgate x Timex, $70

Armor Lux, $55

Levi’s, $90

J.Crew, $68

Miansai, $65

Looking for inspiration beyond Fourth of July men’s outfits? See our favorite swim trunks under $100, and 10 pairs of stylish sunglasses.