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Perfectly patriotic!

Jenn Scott June 27th, 2012

As we approach our Independence Day, you’re probably in one of three camps.

You might be a fireworks enthusiast. After all, it’s the one time of year that blowing up things is OK (outside city limits, of course).

Or maybe you want to show off your patriotism, and every single thing about your Fourth of July soiree has to fit that theme.

Lastly, you might be the type who treats holidays like any other day. You’re probably anti-establishment, anti-organized anything and way cooler than all of us.

The most important thing you’ll learn in life is the art of balance. Holidays are no different. Keep it safe, less is more and don’t be a complete party pooper.

I’m going to level with you guys:

I’m a Patriotic Polly. I wear the colors and eat the ice cream. I shoot off fireworks and grill out with my family.

I even jump in the inflatable moonbounce that my uncle rents every year.

How does an inflatable castle relate to the Fourth of July? I have not a clue, but it sure is fun. I’m also the type to coordinate colors with holidays: red and green for Christmas; red and pink for Valentine’s; green for St. Patrick’s; and red, white and blue for the Fourth.

Recently, I learned there is actually a code when it comes to use of the U.S. flag: the U.S. Flag Code, to be exact. It makes it pretty clear that our flag should never be drawn back or bunched up, so you fashion-conscious patriots out there might rethink any plans to wrap Old Glory around yourself and belt it.

The truth is, patriotism is about much more than donning stars and stripes one day a year. If you do want to get festive, consider a more subtle and classy approach.

Heirloom Shoe (4415 N. Western; 605-0356) has a fantastic selection of blue shoes. Whether you’ll be outdoors or at a more formal event, make your footwear an accent to a red, white and blue outfit. The best part about going bold but solid is that you can re-wear.

Just say “ban do” when it comes to summer tops. Blue Seven (7518 N. May; 604-5199) has a colorful selection of bandeaus. Get them in red, white, blue or … just about any hot summer color. They’re perfect to put under a loose-fitting top or worn with high-waisted shorts. Check out the britches, too. You’ll find red and blue.

Now to accessorize! On a Whim (5850 N. Classen Blvd.; 8484-3488) has an incredible selection of jewelry. Sprucing up an outfit with some gold or silver is the way to go. You’ll find pendants and bracelets accented in the holiday-appropriate colors.

So, if you’re the type to go overboard, calm down. If you get flagcrazy, consider the code and opt for Fourth of July chic. If you’re not into holidays … check your Grinch-like attitude and enjoy the summer. Let’s shop, OKC!

 
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06.27.2012 at 04:17 Reply

where did you get the blue flats with the bow?? I love them!!

 

06.28.2012 at 08:25 Reply

Erin, the blue flats w/bow are from Heirloom Shoe on Western. They are adorable!

 

 
 
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