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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.


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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