4 Classic Americana Looks That You Can Wear Right Now

With 4th of July coming up this Friday, there’s no better time to add some hints of Americana to your wardrobe than this second. There’s a reason red, white, and blue have been the colors of summer for so long — the combination is fun and crisp, looks fresh in a myriad of pairings, and gives a nod to nautical-influenced style, which is forever a classic in my book.

This Independence Day, I’m taking note of these Americana looks of the past and updating my wardrobe accordingly with plenty of graphic patterns and patriotic stripes. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite vintage pieces, along with their more modern counterparts below. Take a look and let me know in the comments how you plan to add timeless finery to your summer ensembles!

PatternedShortsImage via Life

Sweet Shorts: Who can resist a pair of ultra-cute patterned short-shorts? These looks, shot by Life magazine, would be just as at home walking down the sidewalk today as they were back in the ‘50s. For a modern update, choose a pair in an eye-catching black and white pattern with ruffles at the pockets.

GinghamSuitImage via My Vintage Vogue

Go Gingham: Nothing says “summer” quite like gingham, and a one-piece swimsuit in the pattern is ideal for July 4th and beyond. This black-and-white suit, accented with a red halter, is ideal for a day at the beach.

YellowSandalsImage via My Vintage Vogue

Sunny Sandals: These lemon-hued sandals are a strong accompaniment to any summer ensemble. Wear them to transition from the beach to the barbeque.

StripedDressImage via Vogue

Stripe For the Picking: I fell head over heels for this striped dress, worn in this 1955 photograph for Vogue by Clifford Coffin. Perfect for any Independence Day activity, this red-and-white midi-length dress from ModCloth will help you cop the look. Top it off with a wide-brim sunhat and navy espadrilles.

About Susan

Susan's all-time favorite things include pugs, eating outdoors, and absurd mushroom-themed housewares. Her current obsessions include nail polish, wedges, and anything high-waisted. Her ultimate style icon is her grandma, and she's one of the founders of ModCloth!

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