4 Fashion Essentials for the 4th

The 4th of July is here! I am so excited, because the 4th of July is always one of my favorite Holidays! On this glorious day, Americans spread their never-ending amounts of National Pride to the tenth degree. The 4th is the one day where it's actually appropriate for us to cheer "USA, USA, USA". Because we Americans know one thing way to well, and that is being American! The 4th of July is also one of fashion's most favorite Holidays! Everyone is decked out in their Red, White and Blue, which are the colors of our biggest staple, The American Flag!

Fashion, on the 4th is one of the main things that brings us together as Americans, whether you know it or not! Everywhere you look, no matter what race, gender, color, sexual orientation, everyone is wearing Red, White and Blue! It fashionably brings us together, because it's a reminder of the beautiful colors of Red, White and Blue and what they mean to our country!

Every year, I go a different avenue with my 4th outfit! Even though it's the 2nd, I still haven't fine tuned my outfit yet! I have a few ideas, but we'll see! Here are 4 Essential Items for the 4th!

1. Sunglasses: Have you ever noticed that on 4th of July, the sun always seems to shine a little brighter? The clouds don't celebrate this glorious Holiday, and the trees seem to vanish! I sure have, which is why I always carry a pair of sunglasses for my eyes! My personal favorite are my tortoise shell Wayfarers from Ray-Ban! No matter what I am wearing, I know that they will always add a special pop to my outfit! They are also made to block our eyes from UV Rays, so they are extra protective! I've had mine for about 3 years now, and they never disappoint!

2. Easily Accessible Swimwear: If your family is anything like mine, then impulsive water activity is always common! Every year on the 4th, my older cousins somehow get their hands on the biggest Supersoakers known to man, and we have a massive Guys vs. Girls water gun fight! It's always a lot of fun, but not for the kids who didn't get the memo to bring their trunks! My red pair of trunks from J. Crew are always handy, and readily accessible for me to throw them on, so that I can participate in all the festivities!

3. A Carry-All Bag: Carry-All's are the perfect bag for a weekend getaway, a day by the pool or even a day trip! They carry all your essentials, and don't even require a lot of storage! In my carry-all for the 4th, I'll pack my computer, journal and my current book! It'll ensure me that I won't get bored on our trip!

4. A Quick-n-Stylish Handy Outfit: One of the biggest things 4th of July is known for is cook-outs! My family is having one today! Food on the 4th of July is American Food, which is known to leave stains in clothes! If you are like me, and sometimes eat clumsily, then you should definitely bring a change of clothing! Something not as glamorous as your first frock, but definitely as stylish! You could definitely put your outfit in your carry-on too!

I hope you all had a great 4th of July, and I trust you'll use these tips to have not just a great 4th, but a great Summer!

Rickey