07/03/2014 07:00 am ET

A Fourth Of July Fashion Guide For The Cool Kids

It's only right that we show our patriotism on Independence Day by donning red, white and blue. But it might be time to put down that American flagged-out tank top and tone down the flashy reds -- because no offense, they come off a little tacky.

This year, it's all about understated pops of color and statement accessories for your holiday festivities. Whether you need a way to style your denim cut-offs or you're just dying to go head-to-toe red, white and blue, here's your guide to staying cool and dressing well this Fourth of July.

  • Avoid the obligatory red, white or blue stripes. Rather, grab something with a print in a few of those hues. hoardoftrends
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  • Try colorblocking. Team a red top with a white bottom or vice versa. Olga_C
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  • Paint your patriotism on your nails.
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  • Ditch the stars and stick with the stripes. madelinebecker
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  • Or ditch the stripes and rock some stars! thefashioncuisine
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  • Let your accessories do the talking. 1256395-Luna-N
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Here are a few more Fourth of July style lessons we can learn from our first ladies!