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Chic Last Minute Outfit Ideas for Independence Day

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Who’s excited for the pool parties, BBQ picnics, and other 4th of July festivities next week? I know I am! You guys know that I love dressing up for occasions like this, so I thought I’d pop in on the blog to share some fun outfit ideas for Independence Day, in case you’re still shopping around.

Recently, I browsed through my local H&M and found the cutest, most perfectly fitting denim overalls. All my small-framed gals out there know that it can be a real struggle to find things that fit to a T with no alterations required, so I was thrilled to stumble across this gem. The distressing is not over the top; rather, it gives that worn in and edgy look – just the way I like it! I love that the overalls come with so many pockets, and the straps are adjustable to suit various heights. Plus, since it’s high-waisted, it makes my legs look longer than they already are! Paired with a fitted striped tee underneath, sunnies, and comfy sneakers, it’s the perfect picnic look for 4th of July.

SIDE NOTE | It was SO windy when we shot this set of photos; we probably got 300+ snaps and only 5 or so that turned out decently. I didn’t think I was even going to like any of these, but sometimes you just gotta work with what you got. It didn’t help that I was too lazy to style my hair that day and the wind made it super flat and/or weird looking. I even had to hold my hair down in some of the shots.

LESSON LEARNED | Check the wind forecast prior to leaving the house, and style hair accordingly.

In other news, this is the first official look we’ve shot for the blog with my new Fujifilm X-T2 camera on a 23 mm lens, and I edited the photos! This is exciting to me because David normally shoots on his massive Nikon and edits the photos himself. It’s been nice carrying a smaller camera around for casual OOTD shots like these, and using the Nikon for higher end detailed shots. As far as editing goes, I still have a lot to learn. All I know is that I have been obsessed with the muted vintage film look. How did I do?!

Okay, enough stalling – now let’s get on with the outfit ideas!

POOL PARTIES

One of the things I’m looking forward to most this Independence Day is spending quality time at the pool with my loved ones. I don’t know about you, but I could literally spend all day floating around, sharing good conversation, and even reading out by the pool! There are so many cute bikinis and even one-pieces out right now that are suitable for the occasion. Personally, I prefer to wear bandeau tops and bikini bottoms when I go out to the pool because that way, I’m able to get the most out of my time under the sun (I mean, if I’m going out there, I might as well work on my tan, right?). But, I totally understand if you don’t care for a tan & prefer the one-piece, or maybe even a cover-up altogether when you’re out of the pool. Lately, I’ve also been seeing SO many adorable pool floats. I already have two but can’t seem to get enough. I may just have to get another one, or two, or maybe a whole new collection of them! While I’m all for acquiring some Vitamin D and a rich brown skin tone, I never leave the house without sun protection. You sort of pick up on that *good!* habit after living in the desert for a year. So babes, don’t forget to apply sunscreen!

BBQ PICNICS

After a fun-filled afternoon at the pool, you’ll likely get hungry for some delicious barbecue! Honestly, I haven’t had homemade BBQ in ages. In fact, I can’t even remember the last time I did! But, we recently found out that our house can accommodate a natural gas BBQ grill. So, we are now on the lookout for a good one – hopefully in time for 4th of July. Recommendations are welcome ๐Ÿ™‚ It would be nice to enjoy some barbecue right in our backyard overlooking the beautiful golf course, followed by a warm desert sunset! Are you still looking for the perfect outfit to wear to your BBQ night? Shop some of my favorite styles, including chambray dresses, flirty crop tops, statement accessories, and other fashionable staples below.

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88 Comments
  • Eileen
    June 29, 2018

    Ahhh these photos turned out so nicely! I never would have noticed that it was super windy. You pulled everything off perfectly and I love how you edited these photos ๐Ÿ™‚ Great job! These looks are perfect for July 4th festivities and I am still looking for a cute coverup to wear to the pool – so thanks for sharing your picks!

    • Sharon Wu
      June 29, 2018

      Thank you so much Eileen! I appreciate the love and your feedback ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you are able to find the perfect coverup in time for 4th of July! Best of luck and have a wonderful weekend xo

  • Gillian
    June 29, 2018

    I am loving the BBQ outfits. So easy and chic. I don’t even have an outfit for 4th of July. But this is sure a good help. Happy 4th of July dear

    • Sharon Wu
      June 29, 2018

      Thank you Gillian! Have a great weekend XO

  • briana
    June 29, 2018

    I love this! Such perfect looks for the fourth!

    Briana
    https://beyoutifulbrunette.com

    • Sharon Wu
      June 30, 2018

      Thank you Briana! So glad you think so ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  • Cait
    June 30, 2018

    Omg the perfect outfit! Great idea!

  • Alex
    June 30, 2018

    Love all the photos couldnโ€™t even tell it was windy!

    • Sharon Wu
      June 30, 2018

      Phew! Hahaha that must mean I picked the right photos ๐Ÿ˜‰ thank you & have a great weekend!

  • Andrea
    June 30, 2018

    I’m from Spain, so I don’t really celebrate 4th of July, but these outfits are too cute!

    • Sharon Wu
      June 30, 2018

      Ahhh! Greetings from America haha ๐Ÿ™‚ I have yet to visit Spain one of these days! Been top on my list of places to visit. So lucky you live there! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend xo

  • Stephanie
    June 30, 2018

    I seriously love those overalls on you! H&M always knows what’s up! But I don’t think your hair looks bad at ALL! It always looks perfect. YOU always look perfect! These festive 4th outfits are great too! Thanks for sharing your ideas!

    • Sharon Wu
      June 30, 2018

      Thank you Stephanie! You’re so sweet. I totally agree – H&M has a lot of great finds and I’m really glad because the shopping scene isn’t the best in Palm Springs LOL. My go-to’s if I’m shopping at the mall are Forever 21 and H&M usually!

  • Cara Newhart
    June 30, 2018

    Love this striped top! Such a cute classic.

    Xo, Cara
    https://neverskipbrunch.com

    • Sharon Wu
      June 30, 2018

      Thank you so much Cara! Glad you like it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Linh
    June 30, 2018

    Ahhh Iโ€™ve been so out of touch with blogging so i figured i leave some love! This is sure a cute outfit for Fourth of July! I love it! That stripe top is too adorable!

    • Sharon Wu
      June 30, 2018

      AHHH hi Linh!!! How are you doing?! I have missed your blog posts dearly and hope to see you get back into it soon ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much for stopping by and for the love! Hope to see you very soon xo

  • Cecilia
    July 1, 2018

    Love those overalls! I would have had no idea the story behind the photos – they all look SO beautiful. Hope you have a happy 4th!

    xoxo, Cecilia // sunnysidececilia.com

    • Sharon Wu
      July 1, 2018

      Thank you so much Cecilia! Hope you’re enjoying the weekend XO

  • I really love all of these picks! We’re doing something very casual so I’d probably grab that red and white striped top and those jean shorts! I love the tone that you edited these pictures with!

    • Sharon Wu
      July 1, 2018

      Ah I’m so glad you like them darling! ๐Ÿ™‚ Keeping it casual over here too… but any excuse to dress up, right? Haha

  • Sydney
    July 1, 2018

    I love all the pieces you shared!! So fun & festive!
    xo, Sydney
    anchoredinthesouth.com

    • Sharon Wu
      July 1, 2018

      Thank you Sydney! I’m happy to hear it xo

  • Tonya Tardiff
    July 1, 2018

    Love this post it got me so excited for July 4! Your striped shirt, overalls and adidas have been my goto outfit recently! Love it!

    • Sharon Wu
      July 1, 2018

      Thanks Tonya! I’m glad that this kind of outfit has been your jam lately. Have a very happy 4th! XO

  • Deborah
    July 2, 2018

    Great outfit ideas! I love that striped shirt with the overalls too, it’s perfect for a casual day! I’m planning on going to the beach on the fourth this year!

    • Sharon Wu
      July 2, 2018

      Thanks Deborah! Oh how I miss living near the beach :O Have the best time love! xo

  • Laura Angelone
    July 2, 2018

    The MiuMiu hat is to die for! I also really like your outfit with the denim romper.
    xx
    Laura

    • Sharon Wu
      July 2, 2018

      I know right?! I love the polka dot accent on that hat. I’m glad you like the outfit! Thank you Laura. Have a great week! xo

  • Taylor Mobley
    July 2, 2018

    That outfit is what my dreams are made of. SO CUTE and chic!

    • Sharon Wu
      July 2, 2018

      Aw thanks Taylor! So glad to hear it! xx

  • Megan Elliott
    July 2, 2018

    Omg I LIVE for dressing for occasions like these lol. This is awesome! I can’t wait for the 4th!

    • Sharon Wu
      July 2, 2018

      Hahaha I’m with you girl!! Have a very happy 4th darling xx

  • Samantha
    July 2, 2018

    Totally needed this! I’m going to a bbq picnic tomorrow night!

    • Sharon Wu
      July 2, 2018

      Ahh these outfit ideas would be perfect for a BBQ picnic. Enjoy your time babe! xx

  • adriana
    July 2, 2018

    Looove the overalls look! So festive, fun and perfect for summer!

    • Sharon Wu
      July 2, 2018

      Thanks Adriana! ๐Ÿ™‚ I know I’ll be wearing these overalls all summer long ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Tara Raquel Fuller
    July 2, 2018

    that outfit is so dang cute! i loooove the tee!

  • Carolyn
    July 2, 2018

    I love what you did with your photos! They are awesome and you did a great job. And how cute are those overalls! Perfect outfit idea for the 4th.

    • Sharon Wu
      July 2, 2018

      Thank you Carolyn! That makes me happy to hear <3 hope you're having a wonderful day! xo

  • Sara Anderson
    July 2, 2018

    LOVE these outfits!! perfect post for the 4th!

  • Mariann Yip
    July 2, 2018

    Adore your outfit ideas! I canโ€™t wait for the Fourth of July because itโ€™s a great way to spend time with family and friends. I hope you have a great holiday babe ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Sharon Wu
      July 2, 2018

      Thank you babe! Hope you have a fun holiday with friends and family! xo

  • Mary Powers
    July 2, 2018

    Love all of your examples!! You look darling in those overalls. I might need to copy that! Happy 4th!!

    – Mary

    • Sharon Wu
      July 2, 2018

      Thanks Mary! Those overalls fit soooo well haha definitely recommend them – one of my fave H&M buys. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Azanique
    July 2, 2018

    I love those red and white stripe shorts! They are so adorable ๐Ÿ™‚

    -xo, Azanique | http://www.lotsofsass.com

  • Dami
    July 2, 2018

    This is a perfect look for the Independence Day. Great pick!!

  • Lauryn Hock
    July 2, 2018

    Love your red striped top! Perfect for the Fourth!

    • Sharon Wu
      July 2, 2018

      Thank you Bernice! You’re the sweetest <3 xoxo

  • www.theeyetraveler.com
    July 2, 2018

    I love the quality of your photos shot by the new camera!! Also, those outfit ideas are fire!!

    x
    clair
    http://www.theeyetraveler.com

    • Sharon Wu
      July 2, 2018

      Thank you Clair! I’m so happy to hear you like them :))

  • Nailil
    July 2, 2018

    Love your outfit and your picks. I still need to get a few July 4th items.

    Xx, Nailil
    http://thirtyminusone.com/

    • Sharon Wu
      July 2, 2018

      Thanks Nailil! Hope you’re able to shop everything you need in time for 4th! xx

  • Samantha Mariko
    July 2, 2018

    This red, white and blue outfit is perfect for July 4th! I could totally see you wearing it to a pool party, beach party or just any outdoor party haha. Hope you enjoy the holiday!
    xo Samantha

    • Sharon Wu
      July 2, 2018

      Thank you Samantha! I am so stoked to spend some time at the pool this 4th ๐Ÿ™‚ hehe hope you have a good one too!

  • Kileen
    July 2, 2018

    These are all so cute and I am loving your outfit girl. Totally rockin the overalls!

    Kileen
    cute & little

  • Miki
    July 2, 2018

    I love the pool party essentials! I want that cute Miu Miu hat!
    I will probably be watching fireworks for this 4th of July and take a dip in the pool, so I love the items you listed especially in that section. The new camera is working out great – the photos are so nice! I’m glad you didn’t style your hair. It looks so good like this. The outfit is super cute and H&M has some really amazing items. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you have a great holiday!!

    Xo,
    Miki
    http://mikialamode.com

    • Sharon Wu
      July 2, 2018

      Omg you’re too good to me haha thank you! I’m glad that you like how my hair and these photos turned out! I am definitely going to be spending time at the pool and hopefully go somewhere local to watch fireworks too. Have a good holiday, Miki ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Federica Di Nardo
    July 3, 2018

    You look beautiful!

  • Christina Beauchamp
    July 3, 2018

    I am excited too! Loving the denim overalls, it is very casual and laid-back. Perfect for 4th of July.

    • Sharon Wu
      July 3, 2018

      Hehe I’m glad you’re looking forward to the holiday as well! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a very happy 4th babe!

  • Annette Dattilo
    July 3, 2018

    Great picks for the fourth. Your photos with your new camera came out great. Have fun on the 4th.

    • Sharon Wu
      July 3, 2018

      Thank you so much Annette! Have a wonderful holiday!

  • Cara Newhart
    July 3, 2018

    Love those cut-off overalls!! I feel like you worked with the wind effortlessly ๐Ÿ™‚

    xo, Cara
    https://neverskipbrunch.com

    • Sharon Wu
      July 3, 2018

      Thank you so much Cara! Means a lot to me!

  • I love all of your picks! The pool parties picks are my jam, I am loving the donut float and the hat!

    • Sharon Wu
      July 5, 2018

      Hehe aren’t they fun?! Hope you had a fab 4th darling!

  • Julia Comil
    July 3, 2018

    This look is absolutely perfect for independence day!!! Totally my style!!!

    • Sharon Wu
      July 5, 2018

      So glad you like it Julia! Hope you had a great holiday.

  • Jessica
    July 4, 2018

    Babe, you look amazing! Loving this look on you, simple yet so pretty! This is really perfect for 4th of July celebration too!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • Sharon Wu
      July 5, 2018

      Thank you so much beautiful! Hope you had a fun Independence Day holiday xo

  • Suzanne
    July 5, 2018

    I love all these casual but chic pieces you picked out! I literally just want everything lol! xo, Suzanne http://www.suzannespiegoski.com

    • Sharon Wu
      July 6, 2018

      Haha thanks Suzanne! Glad you like them! xo

  • kelly Fordon
    July 5, 2018

    Such a cute and patriotic look! I’m all for overalls, the pair you styled are darling!

    Birdie Shoots

  • Ifeoluwa
    July 7, 2018

    I love overalls I havenโ€™t worn some in so long! Getting me pair

  • nicole flint
    July 8, 2018

    Those overalls are so cute! I still haven’t found any that I like!

  • KatWalkSF
    July 8, 2018

    Girl! You are giving me ALL the inspo!

  • rachel vogt
    July 11, 2018

    Aww your outfit looks so cute and comfy. Hope you had a fun 4th of july week.
    xoxo,
    @RachelVogtTrends

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