Wear the Red, White, and Blue


I love dressing in red, white, and blue... I remember one time in high school I showed up to a powder puff practice with a red and white shirt and navy blue shorts and a girl tried to be all snide, "Celebrating America today Deidre?" (I went to high school with some mean girls...) And I smiled and said, "Yeah! I LOVE AMERICA!" I showed her... not really. But one thing I love about July 4th is wearing the red, white, and blue. It is one of the few days a year you can go ALL out with American pride and no one can say sassy things about it. Stars, stripes, flags. You name it. 

Fourth of July attire is easy to come by right now. Old navy has a ton of flag t shirts, most boutiques have a stripped something or another, and red pants can be found EVERYWHERE. I like to pair up an American-styled item with a neutral item. That way my American stands out. See all these looks on Polyvore. As for me... I like the make my fourth wear. Last year I made this sweatshirt. All you need is one white sweatshirt, red and blue spray paint, some sort or star cutout, and tape. Easy, yeah?
I got a lot of compliments on it. And the things I learned from last year? 
  • ALWAYS Tape things you want to stay in place, spray paint has a lot of force with lightweight cutouts. 
  • Two hands are better than one in taping straight lines.
  • Make sure you have enough spray paint.
  • Be patient.
  • Have a place to hang the sweatshirt in between colors.
  • Wait 24 hours to wash.
Sadly... last year's sweatshirt got ruined... during another lesson called, "Never was red pants with white things!" The sweatshirt is now purple, pink, red, and blue... Also, Adam has two pink shirts thanks to that fiasco. Awesome. So this year I decided to try again. My plan was to make an identical sweatshirt, but the one I purchased bunched weird at the bottom, so I switched up the pattern. I also forgot the patience lesson.... but here it is.

My photographer A is playing baseball in Montana and my photographer B is at Lake Powell enjoying a week of vacation.  That is why you get awesome selfie in the mirror photos. Even with my lack of patience, I am happy with how it turned out. But even with that being said, I will probably give it another go next year... but I will start looking for items to purchase earlier. The spray paint this year is a little more stiff this year, so I hope to buy red clothing spray paint - it was all sold out this year and last year. And next year I will hopefully be able to find a lighter weight sweatshirt that is made well. NO one had white sweatshirts in store this year.

You can see some other 4th of July fashions and ideas at Fashion UtahBridgette Nicole, and Breezy Days. Have you ever purchased some American-wear? What is your favorite American combo for fashion? What are you planning to wear for your 4th of July celebration?
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Tayler Morrell said...

I love your handmade jacket!

Amberly said...

Haha, I can just hear you telling that girl how much you love America! :) I love your sweatshirt. Maybe next year you should make them and sell them? BUT um.... did you know it's like 100 degrees out, are you going to wear it outside?!?!?! I'm worried for your sanity ;)

Cece said...

I'm totally wearing red skinny jeans today! We'll see what happens tomorrow.

Ella Ava said...

jacket look so super!! you have carry nice style... its good outfit for the winter season.. i will purchased this outfit for the winter.

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