Celebrate Independence Day in Style

4thWith the grand prix of summer weekends quickly approaching, everyone is gearing up for the festivities in celebration of our independence from Great Britain in 1776. The national holiday marked by patriotic displays hosts hundreds of outdoor events nationwide. Parades, barbecue, and fireworks are just a few of the things that make this summer holiday one of our favorites. Whether you’re packing up for a picnic in Central Park, headed out for a weekend in the Hamptons, or utilizing the holiday as a chance to vacation with the family, we compiled a list of all your Independence Day must-haves.

It wouldn’t be a proper celebration without everyone decked out from head to toe in red, white, and blue. This year, leave your American flag shirt at home. There are plenty of ways to display your pride without draping yourself in a once-a-year fashion disaster. Show off your patriotic spirit with a custom-made shirt from Clifton Charles! Check out our four Fourth of July featured fabrics:

Fourth Featured FabricsIf you’re planning to hit the beach, try solid navy or red swim trunks. Guys, leave the American flag printed shorts at home. If you do not have either color of swimwear, soak up some sun on a red, white, and blue towel.

7" Board Short in both red and navy from J. Crew. Americana Beach Towel from Bed, Bath, & Beyond

7″ Board Short in both red and navy from J. Crew. Americana Beach Towel from Bed, Bath, & Beyond

You can further accessorize your holiday-wear with the perfect pair of shades. Pick up a pair of solid navy sunglasses to throw on while you are at the parade or during a game of Frisbee on the beach. Again, no American flag print. Actually, just leave the print for flags and avoid wearing it.

Navy Ray-Ban aviators

Navy Ray-Ban aviators

Planning to attend a dinner party? If you need a more formal patriotic look, a classic navy blue suit is the perfect way to dress the part and still show off your spirit. Opt for a clean white dress shirt underneath, and a bold red tie. Bonus points of the pattern in the tie incorporates some navy blue.

Custom suit, shirt, and tie from Clifton Charles

Custom suit, shirt, and tie from Clifton Charles

Once you’ve taken care of your ‘Proud to be an American’ wardrobe, don’t forget the other necessities! July is National UV Safety Month. No matter where you spend your holiday, remember to pack the SPF (and some aloe too, just in case). Re-apply your sunscreen often to ensure you avoid any damage from harmful UV rays. Just as important as the sunscreen, be sure to have bottled water handy. With the July heat blazing, you won’t want to forget to stay hydrated.

With all of the essentials covered, you can dress to impress and show off your patriotic spirit! So grab a cocktail, go to a rooftop or head down to the water to watch the fireworks. You are ready to celebrate Independence Day in style. Now, you can finally get out your American flags. Happy Fourth of July!

 

If you are hosting a party, check out Instyle’s Show-Stopping Red, White, and Blue Cocktails for delicious drink recipes to please all of your guests.

Still looking for holiday plans? Check out TimeOut New York’s Fourth of July events.

BITNB – Blue is the New Black

For tuxedos, blue is becoming the new standard in formal wear. In recent years, more and more celebrities have been rocking their formal wear in shades of blue; a color so recurrent throughout the seemingly endless awards season that it became the new black. Whether the trend is inspired by James Bond or simply vintage, the men of Hollywood have caught the blue tux bug.

Photo from gq.com: Bradley Cooper, Damian Lewis, Navid Negahban, and Tom Hooper

Photo from gq.com: Bradley Cooper, Damian Lewis, Navid Negahban, and Tom Hooper

Clifton Berry, owner/co-founder of Clifton Charles in New York City, says, “Midnight blue tuxedos are a classic, beautiful option for formal wear. The deep navy blue color reflects and appears rich under artificial lighting, so it is the perfect option for formal evening events. The wearer will stand out amongst a sea of dusty black. Blue is definitely the new black. Midnight blues, as well as several other shades of blue, have been appearing on red carpets of the Oscars, SAG Awards, and other prominent events on the backs of Hollywood’s most sartorially elite gentlemen.”

1 - CopyFashion-forward evening wear first premiered the color alternative in the 1920s, but it was a decade later when the midnight blue tuxedo escalated in popularity. By the end of the 1930s, midnight blue tuxedos were purchased just as frequently as black ones. The blues were constant until colored tuxedo jackets began trending in the sixties. As the color was slowly reintroduced in the past few years, it has exploded with popularity yet again.

Despite whatever color the fashion industry says is the “new black,” there are certain articles of clothing that we prefer to be more timeless. In this case, we tend to steer toward colors that will always be fashionable, regardless of the season or year. No matter how popular the current trend may be, some investments, like evening wear, should never go out of style.

But why, in some cases, does timeless simply have to mean black? A basic black tuxedo is perfect for just about any formal occasion. Many men assume that a proper tuxedo is always black. There is no arguing that a man in a custom-tailored tux will look as good and as confident as he feels. However, it is possible to stand out with a classic. A dark blue tuxedo is an acceptable option. With the addition of colors, guys can now take chances on more than just lapels and cuts. Through the increasing popularity of custom-tailored menswear, guys are starting to make dressing for a formal evening look fun!

Men have slowly stopped asking, “what are the rules?” when it comes to evening wear. As dress codes continuously become more lax, you have more opportunity than ever before to show off your personal style. This should not mean you appear to be wearing a costume or that it’s a good time to dust off your pink tux from the 80s, but you can get more imaginative than the typical penguin suit if you feel you have fallen into a tux coma. So when you are invited to a Black Tie Optional event, you can look forward to dressing to the nines. Take full advantage of the word “optional”; Black Tie doesn’t even have to be black anymore, and it’s a license to use a little more color.

2Whether you are going for the modern wedding look or simply just looking to spruce up your evening wear, a dark blue tuxedo is dressy enough for even the most formal occasion. It draws the appropriate attention; it’s unexpected and radiates a subtle confidence. From navy to midnight, and various shades in between, more and more people have been riding the blue tux wave. As stated by Clifton Berry, “This is one trend you should definitely emulate.”