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Easy Fourth of July Outfits Already in Your Closet

This Fourth of July, after stocking up on ears of corn the size of rolling pins and overpriced pool toys from the drugstore, I'll quite literally burn my money buying sparklers by the fistful. I will not, though, figuratively burn cash on flag-emblazoned t-shirts, stars & stripes bikinis and other theme-y stuff I'll wear one more day out of the next 366, at best.

Instead, I'll save my money for barbecue supplies by cooking up one of the outfits in the slideshow below. Each of the looks centers around something that's probably already in your wardrobe, no matter what your style: retro, preppy, campy, whatever. Which means more money for sparklers, cases of domestic beer, tablecloths and bug spray—or, perhaps, a really good navy or red gingham manicure.

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Preppy

Whether you style it with Jenna Lyons's quirkiness or Lauren Hutton's classicisim, odds are you have a chambray shirt hanging in your closet.

If so, pair that shirt with a Panama hat and bikini during the day— preferably a red one, if you have it—then toss on white jeans and an open weave sweater when it gets cool at night.

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Spunky

If fashion-y sneakers, kitschy, graphic t-shirts and crazy nail art seem practical to you, you probably have shredded denim shorts somewhere in your closet. 

All they need is a gray tank on top and some summer camp favorites (high-top sneakers, an armful of friendship bracelets) to push them even further into Americana territory.

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Retro

Girls who call Zoeey Deschanel their spirit animal surely have a full skirt (or seven) in their closet.

Paired with a sleeveless tie-front blouse and slingbacks. The look is so Rosie the Riveter that  it channels patriotic vibes instantly, even if the palette's not totally red, white and blue.

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Minimal

Girls who favor clean, crisp looks know the value of the white dress blank canvas.

Choosing a super-lightweight slip version creates an easy day-to-night base: add polished, low-heeled sandals and a swipe of ruby lip stain and you'd fit in at an afternoon barbecue or at a night time dinner party.

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Tomboy

If your grade school-aged nephew could borrow your clothes, you probably have a striped shirt stashed in your dresser in either blue or red.

Pair it with Keds or Converse and shorts, per usual—but then add mirrored Wayfarers or yellow gold aviators. It'll give those separates a bit of a luxe feel.

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