Happy day, dear reader!
If you live in the US, I’m sure you’ve noticed all the red, white, and blue displays in the stores. You can get almost anything imaginable festooned with stars and stripes. This tri-color onslaught begins before Memorial Day, and lasts through Independence Day. After that, we’ll jump with both feet right into Back-to-School. If you are going away for the holiday, congratulations! I will be here hard at work behind my keyboard… I think a day trip some time this week will be in order!
If aliens from outer space came for the week of Independence Day, they’d think that there was a dress code requiring the colors of our national flag to be worn at all times. I don’t know about you, but there are just some things I don’t want to see our national ensign emblazoned upon… Earlier this season I saw a bikini with the stars on one bra triangle, and the stripes on the other. I don’t want to discuss the bottom. The coordinating bathing suit cover-up (A misnomer if I ever heard one. It wasn’t covering anything.) was similarly striped and spangled. I have spared you the picture. I just wish I could un-see the whole display. There were even matching stars and stripes tote bags and beach towels. I don’t want to lie down on the flag, and if I am covered up by one, I will be in my coffin. Across someone’s derriere is another place I’d rather not see the flag. Anyone’s flag for that matter. Unless you are making a political statement. That’s your right. Probably the thing that bothers me the most is the flip-flops with the stars on one foot and stripes on the other. This has roots in my childhood. I remember wanting to sew a peace sign flag patch on my jeans (this was the early 70’s) and was told in no uncertain terms that it was not going on my behind as that was not befitting a symbol of our republic.
In honor of the upcoming holiday, here’s a few tips to help you feel in the festive spirit without worrying that someone might run you up a flagpole…
Pick A Main Color
Like a diner dinner where you pick a meat and two veg, think of red or blue as your main, add white, and sauce it up with the other color. Try wearing red and white with touches of blue, or blue and white with touches of red.
Get Your Pattern On!
You will feel less flaggy if one or more of your pieces has a pattern that isn’t a star or stripe! Think polka dots, bandana print, or a pinstripe rather than a wide stripe. I love these dresses that are already red, white, and blue. They look and feel festive, but are still wearable the rest of the season.
Choose a Shade or Tint
If you want to wear Red and Blue, try the shades and tints. Red runs the gamut from pink to wine, and blues from pale to midnight. Pairing red and chambray blue, or navy with pink, raspberry or barn red with faded denim, all nod to the flag without looking hoist-worthy.
So what’s on your schedule for the summer’s most colorful holiday? Are you getting out of town? Going to a parade? Fireworks? Cookout? We haven’t firmed up our plans yet, so I am looking for ideas… Please share yours in the comments below; I love to hear from you!