Because of the Brave

 

Land of the free, because of the brave. Let that sink in. Although our leaders tend to continuously disappoint the average American; it is important we take some time during this Holiday week and reflect, say thanks and be grateful for all of those who have, and continue too, fight for our rights every single day.  (Military and everyday Americans)
I personally love the Fourth of July. I love seeing everyone emerge from their homes, spending time outside, connecting with others around their community. I love smelling the array of cookouts, ranging from barbecues to pasta salads. The Fourth of July may not have presents or assigned menus for meals but the community life certainly comes out to play and that is what makes my heart dance.

 

This year the family and I will devour our classic Independence Day barbecue and then head out to our hometown for some patriotic festivities. But if you know me, you know I will definitely be rocking a festive look perfect for the occasion.

 

With the weather heating up, and the holiday in the middle of week, many are bustling, getting ready for family cook-outs and late-night fireworks! This holiday is all about spending time with those around you and your outfit needs to be festive, chic and realistic. Don’t worry I have a few looks to help inspire your Fourth July ensemble using classic wardrobe essentials.

 Photographer: Ivy Christina // Creative Director: Michaela Rae // Wardrobe Stylist: Meghanlee Phillips // Beauty Director: Mark Navarro // Talent: Austin Gelhar & Larisa Arnold // Publication: The Volk Summer 2018

Photographer: Ivy Christina // Creative Director: Michaela Rae // Wardrobe Stylist: Meghanlee Phillips // Beauty Director: Mark Navarro // Talent: Austin Gelhar & Larisa Arnold // Publication: The Volk Summer 2018

 Photographer: Ivy Christina // Creative Director: Michaela Rae // Wardrobe Stylist: Meghanlee Phillips // Beauty Director: Mark Navarro // Talent: Austin Gelhar & Larisa Arnold // Publication: The Volk Summer 2018

Photographer: Ivy Christina // Creative Director: Michaela Rae // Wardrobe Stylist: Meghanlee Phillips // Beauty Director: Mark Navarro // Talent: Austin Gelhar & Larisa Arnold // Publication: The Volk Summer 2018

 

Fourth of July Inspiration

Whether you are having a cook-out at a local park, exploring the city for patriotic festivities or having a romantic evening watching the fireworks, we have the perfect looks for you. Each look should be easy to create and develop using pieces from your closet while accessorizing with your own personal touches, making them uniquely you! What are your Fourth of July plans, do you have any specific traditions?! Drop a comment below letting us know how you are celebrating the Independence of America!

Kicking it at the Park:  

 Grab your khaki shorts and add a comfy polo, creating a casually dapper combination. This look will look best paired with a beer in one hand and a burger in another!

Grab your khaki shorts and add a comfy polo, creating a casually dapper combination. This look will look best paired with a beer in one hand and a burger in another!

 Play up your femininity in a sleek denim skirt. Keep cool a cropped shirt, or if you're edgy add a bralette staying true to your romantic style. As the evening comes around layer with a cropped flannel and you're for an afternoon cook-out to turn into a bonfire!

Play up your femininity in a sleek denim skirt. Keep cool a cropped shirt, or if you're edgy add a bralette staying true to your romantic style. As the evening comes around layer with a cropped flannel and you're for an afternoon cook-out to turn into a bonfire!

 Grab a classic pair of cut-off short and front tuck a plain a white tee adding shape the look. Don't forget a chic pair of strappy sandals showing off your fresh summer pedicure! 

Grab a classic pair of cut-off short and front tuck a plain a white tee adding shape the look. Don't forget a chic pair of strappy sandals showing off your fresh summer pedicure! 

Exploring the City:

 Dark denim is a casual way to look effortlessly elevated. Add a short-sleeve button up and you're ready for drinks on the patio. 

Dark denim is a casual way to look effortlessly elevated. Add a short-sleeve button up and you're ready for drinks on the patio. 

 A classic denim skirt and a festively chic striped shirt is all you need for a minimalist look that is certain to earn you compliments.

A classic denim skirt and a festively chic striped shirt is all you need for a minimalist look that is certain to earn you compliments.

 Slip into a midi sun dress or midi knit skirt and add a classic white tee. Knot the tee at your waist helping accentuate your tiny waist. 

Slip into a midi sun dress or midi knit skirt and add a classic white tee. Knot the tee at your waist helping accentuate your tiny waist. 

Living Lake-side:

 Keep it classy on the boat in a sleek button-up shirt paired with shorts. Stay true to the summer vibes and rock an all-white look.   

Keep it classy on the boat in a sleek button-up shirt paired with shorts. Stay true to the summer vibes and rock an all-white look. 
 

 Layer a shirt-dress over your swim suit and you're ready for both the water and the boat, showing off enough skin for a tan but staying modest for the party. 

Layer a shirt-dress over your swim suit and you're ready for both the water and the boat, showing off enough skin for a tan but staying modest for the party. 

 A one piece swim suit can become a stylish body suit when layered underneath an A-line skirt. Add a sun hat and some wedges and you're ready for a day on the boat. 

A one piece swim suit can become a stylish body suit when layered underneath an A-line skirt. Add a sun hat and some wedges and you're ready for a day on the boat. 

Late night fireworks:

 Keep the mosquitoes off with a classic pair of denim. Stay cool in a cotton-linen tee and be certain to bring a denim jacket as a layering piece. (Just in case your date gets a tad chilly. Trust me, you'll earn bonus points!)

Keep the mosquitoes off with a classic pair of denim. Stay cool in a cotton-linen tee and be certain to bring a denim jacket as a layering piece. (Just in case your date gets a tad chilly. Trust me, you'll earn bonus points!)

 Keep comfortable in a cotton-linen blend sweater and pair it with a feminine denim skirt or denim shorts, showing enough skin for an evening of romance underneath the fireworks. 

Keep comfortable in a cotton-linen blend sweater and pair it with a feminine denim skirt or denim shorts, showing enough skin for an evening of romance underneath the fireworks. 

 If you're not a fan of showing off of your legs, slip into a midi dress and pair with strappy sandals or fun wedges, making it extremely easy to walk through the grass. Layer with a lightweight button-up shirt and you're set for keeping off mosquitoes while stay cute. 

If you're not a fan of showing off of your legs, slip into a midi dress and pair with strappy sandals or fun wedges, making it extremely easy to walk through the grass. Layer with a lightweight button-up shirt and you're set for keeping off mosquitoes while stay cute. 

For more summer wardrobe inspiration, be certain check out the Summer 2018 Issue of The Volk, available here!

Shop the Look

Okay, so Fourth of July is only one day, but let’s be serious, this preppy patriotic vibe can be worn all throughout the summer. Continue to rock the sleek minimalist look throughout the summer season and shop below for breezy cool pieces perfect for kicking it in the heat! All you have to do is click on the image and add to cart or consult with the designer. 

 

Happy Summer Shopping!

 Denim button-front dress, $29.20 - From Anny

Denim button-front dress, $29.20 - From Anny

 Ruffle Striped Crop Top, $25.00 - From Anny

Ruffle Striped Crop Top, $25.00 - From Anny

 Parker Dress, $75.00 - WAY the Label

Parker Dress, $75.00 - WAY the Label

 Rome Amore, $40.00 - Tzin Apparel

Rome Amore, $40.00 - Tzin Apparel

 Chambray Shirt, $24.00 - From Anny

Chambray Shirt, $24.00 - From Anny

 Off the Shoulder Stripe Dress, $27.00 - From Anny

Off the Shoulder Stripe Dress, $27.00 - From Anny

 Riley Skirt, $65.00 - WAY the Label

Riley Skirt, $65.00 - WAY the Label

 Rome Victoria, $22.00 - Tzin Apparel

Rome Victoria, $22.00 - Tzin Apparel

What are your Fourth of July plans, do you have any specific traditions?! Drop a comment below letting us know how you are celebrating the day of Independence for America. Also, Don't forget to tag us in your festive looks via Instagram ( @thevolkmagazine ) We want to see YOUR looks!    Xo-


Meghanlee Phillips is the Editor-in-Chief of The Volk Magazine. With a passion for fashion, a love for writing and her lifestyle focused around mental health; she has been able to bring all three together to create the mid-western fashion/lifestyle magazine, The Volk. Keep up to date with her and her vibrant outfits by following @msmeghanlee (Instagram)