By Melissa Lee

Independence Day is one of the only times where it’s completely acceptable to deck yourself out in red, white, and blue, so why not take advantage of it? The fashion looks are half the fun of celebrating 4th of July — besides the barbecues, that is. This year, show your patriotism by trying out some of these fun, flirty fashion trends.

If you’re interested in date night looks to try out for Independence Day, Cupid has some fashion trends for you!

1. Flag bathing suits: If you have plans to go to the beach or pool on 4th of July, this might be perfect for you! American flag patterned bathing suits have been all the rage lately, and you’ll look cute and patriotic when you’re lounging around and working on your tan.

2. Stripes: Looking to go the more subtle route? We got you! Stripes aren’t as flashy as something flag-printed, but still show that you’re ready for some 4th of July fun. Try blue and red stripes, or white and red. As long as you have some variation of red, white, and blue, you’ll be good to go!

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3. White bottoms: Forget all the fashion rules you’ve been reading in magazines for years — white bottoms are super trendy, plus they are becoming a summer staple. Pair a pair of white pants, shorts, or even a skirt with a blue or red top and you’ll be ready for a night of fun! This look would be perfect for a date night barbecue, since it’s both flirty and patriotic.

4. American flag shorts: If you’re looking to add to your flag printed wardrobe, shorts may be the way to go. Flag patterned shorts have been pretty popular over the past couple of years, plus they’re easy to find — nearly every store carries a pair nowadays! These shorts would be fun to wear after the beach. Pair them with a white t-shirt and it’ll be an adorable yet patriotic look!

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5. Red, white, and blue nails: Okay, so maybe you’re not crazy into 4th of July and you’re looking to keep your patriotism on the lowkey side. Having a red, white, and blue manicure is a cute way to celebrate Independence Day while also staying laid-back.

What are some of your favorite 4th of July fashion trends? Share your thoughts below.