TOP 5: INDEPENDENCE DAY HAPPENINGS

Whether your July 4th involves fireworks in the park, parade watching in the city or a barbecue in the backyard, have a little patriotic fun with your hangout look. Here are a few of our favorite things for celebrating Independence Day in style.

1. The right spirit

It’s not out of line on the 4th to fall back on fashions that look like they were made from an American flag. But we’re into an approach to Americana that’s more easily wearable, like a flag-inspired graphic tee or a creative combination of everyday items in flag colors. Try a white cami under a red boyfriend shirt or a red sundress with white and blue accessories.

2. Denim skirt

With this one item you can check off a must-have for 2015 and the last color in a red-white-and-blue outfit. Pop it on with a tee or button-up for the 4th, then start thinking about all the ways you can wear it through fall.

3. Shoes that go "boom"

For a day of celebration, get bright and glitzy at your feet with shimmery T-straps, red espadrilles or blinged-out blue and white sandals.

4. Sunglasses

Planning to spend all day outdoors? It’s the perfect time to try out a fresh pair of classic aviators or treat your eyes to the big story in shades right now: round and oversized.

5 Sparklers

This is the one day of the year when it’s totally OK to take your sparkle love to a combustible level. Do it!

SWATCH REPORT: ’70S PRINTS

Fashion’s romance with the ’70s is in full flush, and with the retro trend comes a variety of bold new patterns that recall the moment when flares and floppy hats first made the scene. While the modern take is more streamlined and easily wearable, these prints aren’t afraid to get busy – or have some fun.

70s Floral

For instance, there’s the perennial floral. Back in the day, big, flowery prints covered kaftans and mini florals popped up on countrified vintage styles like the gunny sack dress. Today, floral prints are making an appearance in all sizes on work-friendly pieces, and for good reason. A more delicate print brings feminine softness to tailored suit separates, while a blown-out floral pegs you as a girl with confidence.

Our favorite tapestry dress

Tapestry and scarf prints are back in a big way, too. Now as then, they’re a natural fit for soft, billowy fabrics and easygoing silhouettes – think maxi dresses and kimonos. The new versions of these patterns take on a personality all their own thanks to seriously vibrant bluespurples and other shades.

Chevron Bag

Also making a comeback: chevron. This time, the pointed pattern is often scaled down for a zigzag effect or featured on accessories like bags and jewelry, so you can wear it as an accent or as a statement. Don’t you love options? Try a few and show us which print look you like best on Instagram with #LoveExpress.

 

 

CITY GUIDE: WEEKEND IN L.A.

LA Getaway

L.A., we love you so. After a crew of our photographers, models and stylists flew out for our latest campaign shoot, they worked up a short list of favorite spots to eat, drink, hang and people-watch. If Los Angeles is on your to-go list, read on for a whirlwind weekend agenda of things you won’t want to miss.

Friday Night In Santa Monica

The Bungalow
Image via thebungalowsm.com

The Bungalow on Wilshire Blvd. is a laid-back spot with a beach house vibe. Featuring lots of open-air seating and a stunning view of the ocean, it’s got couches for getting cozy, plus ping pong and an indoor pool table for unleashing the shark within. It’s a popular place, so plan on a wait. Our suggestion: Beat the crowd by showing up on the early side of happy hour, then settle in with a cocktail or glass of wine and drink in the sunset.

Saturday Morning In Venice

Salt Air
Image via saltairvenice.com

If you’re going coastal, you’ve got to do seafood. Salt Air on Abbot Kinney Blvd. has numerous options on its brunch menu, along with traditional morning meals (mmm… pancakes). Or you can make a meal of their sinfully rich monkey bread. If the calorie load’s weighing on you, just walk it off – Abbot Kinney is a window shopper’s dream.

Saturday Afternoon In Hollywood

Hollywood

Up for a down and dirty L.A. experience? Head to the TCL Chinese Theater on Hollywood Blvd. and climb aboard the TMZ Tour. In two hours you’ll get an earful of gossip and a view of the Hollywood sign, along with lots more notorious locations. You might even spot a famous face or two. And before and after you board the bus, check out decades of celebrity footprints on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Saturday Night In West Hollywood

Craig's

For a Saturday night splurge, head to Craig’s on Melrose for dinner. Perks: An old-school atmosphere, a diverse but classic-leaning menu and a better-than-average chance of a celebrity encounter. Or go genuinely old school and reserve a table at the intimate Hollywood institution Dan Tana’s on Santa Monica.

Headed anywhere this summer? We love checking out fun destinations and new experiences. Share your travel tips on Instagram with @ExpressRunway and #ExpressLife.