DIY / Fashion

Style Captain Says: Stay Fly for the 4th of July

4th of July is today and you still don’t have any idea about what you should wear to the barbecue tonight… And you want to avoid being like every other girl with a pair of DIY patriotic, high-waisted shorts. From new ideas to cheap accessories; DIY projects to themed make-up and manicures, I’ll break down a bunch of last-minute projects you can do before you go out this 4th of July. Whether you spend your day at the beach or a party or downtown, here are some all-American ideas to sizzle up your style.

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1. Wear Your Favorite Flannel- It doesn’t have to be red, white, and blue. Flannels are a comfy, homey item of America and it will come in handy if it does end up being as awful and rainy as it has been these past few days.

2. Silver Star Necklace- This is a cute, nautical necklace that I thought fit the occasion. It’s dress-down and super easy to make. Click this link for instructions:

3. Bohemian America Shirt- We all have that oversized America shirt that we got for $2 at Wal-Mart or some thrift store a few, good years ago… Instead of trashing it, turn it into this sleeveless, fringed shirt! This girl cuts and paints an old shirt of hers as a quick 4th of July outfit idea. Check out the DIY article here:

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4. Themed Headwraps- Embody “Rosie the Riveter” and tie up that hair. You’re going to want to put it up in the probable, nasty weather. They often have a crazy assortment of colors and patterns in big bins at thrift stores; pick one up during your last-minute errands. One of our writers, Alinnette, gives you 5 easy ways to use your hair scarf:

5. Acid Washed Jacket- Dressing like a rock star from the 80s is always an adorable, easy look and acid washing your clothes isn’t a difficult task by any means. This is a simple tutorial video on how to acid wash a jacket: Keep in mind that you can acid wash just about anything; jackets, pants, shirts, head scarves, shoes, and even your purses.

6. Stars and Stripes Sneaks- This is a cute, little painting project for a white pair of sneakers (that you can purchase at Wal-Mart for less than $10). Use tape and stickers to create a pattern of stars and stripes on your shoes.

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7. Spirited Sunglasses- The sunglasses shown above can be snatched up at the Tilly’s in Waterford Shopping Center; they had a few different red, white, and blue shades. If you can’t find a pair of holiday glasses, get yourself a pair of Lennon shades from Urban Outfitters and go for an American-hippie look.

8. Star Spangled Headband- Similar to our #4, Silver Star Necklace, this sparkly headband is a fast DIY accessory that isn’t too flashy or complicated.

9. Get A Lil Country- Throw on your cowgirl boots, daisy dukes, and 10-gallon hat! There’s nothing more patriotic than going back to our dirty south style and wild, wild west roots.

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10. Simple Holiday Makeup- Don’t be that girl who piles on mountains of red, white, and blue eye makeup. I will never understand why girls use holidays as excuses to wear the most ridiculous clown makeup and dreadful color combinations. There is no way red, white, and blue will translate well on any skin color or complexion, so here’s a short tutorial on how to do a minimal, yet festive look for your face:

11. Bottle Cap Earrings- Grab some caps from a couple of all-American beer bottles and make this pair of innovative bottle cap earrings! It’ll cost you less than $10 with one trip to Joann Fabrics.

12. Firecracker Nails- I loved this idea because it’s not like all the other traditional, starred-and-striped manicures. This simple step-by-step will show you how to get a simple, classy set of nails on the 4th.

Have a very #iconic 4th of July!

— Kelsey Lyon


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