The Non-Cheesy Way to Rock Stars and Stripes

Remember the days, back in elementary school, when dressing for the Fourth of July was as easy as slipping on your Old Navy flag tee, red Soffe shorts and hitting the playground? However, as an adult, sporting stars and stripes can feel like a costume or worse, like you're moonlighting as a home ec teacher. Instead of dreading a 3-day weekend packed with brunches, BBQs, and days on the beach try rocking the starred and striped pieces fashion girls love to wear all year long. Even if your plans only include reading a book on your fire escape with a stack of magazines and a bottle of wine (or two, it is America's birthday after all), you can still dress to celebrate.

Shop the best July 4th inspired pieces below

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The Perfect Solution for Sweltering Summer Heat

We may not be there quite yet, but it's only a matter of time before the heat and humidity team up to make dressing for even the most basic day out a total nightmare. So far our saving grace has been the athleisure trend and the sweat wicking fabrics that come with it, but if you're looking to dress up, a pair of leggings and a mesh tank might not be the way to go. The surest way to stay chic and cool, no matter the weather, is in a backless dress. Pair with a backless bra (or sticky boobs, as my friends call them) for more comfort and coverage. If going braless isn't your thing instead look for styles with a conveniently placed strap or tie perfect for covering a bra clasp.

Shop some of the best backless dresses below then go get your sweat on

All the Best Pieces From Shopbop's Big Sale

It's that time of year again! Shopbop's impressive selection of on-point party dresses, work pumps, bombers, itty bitty bikinis, and so much more is up to 60% off. So if you've been thinking of shaking up your wardrobe with a few new pieces, designer or otherwise, now is the time. Check out the best on sale pieces to buy now, plus get an extra 25% off with code 25EXTRA.

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