It's July and the Fourth is on a weekend! Hurrah!
The month of July is full-on summer with a capital “S.” It’s peach cobblers, running around barefoot all Sunday, fireworks at night and falling asleep under the stars if you’re lucky. I want you to bask in the wonder that is the all-American summer. And look good.
You're about to learn about another side of me that I've referenced a few times....July means I get to indulge my love for all-American style without apology. I love so many of the faces of American style: the Sporty Preppy look, the Classic Urban look and my favorite, Western Glam (whose close cousins are Boho Chic and Safari Chic). I'm going to show you how to embrace modern all-American style without looking like a character in a Ralph Lauren ad. (Brand new July Style Vault landed yesterday and it is chock full of amazing all-American styles for summer. Interested in learning more? Click here.)
All-American Style: Western Glam With a Touch of Boho
I have been obsessed with what I call Western Glam since I got my first beaded bracelet when I was about 6 years old, made by Native American women living on a reservation.
Here's how I do Western Glam now that I'm an adult.
1. Western Glam is faded jeans and a romantic blouse.
Nothing is studded or bedazzled, mind you. Or ripped or shredded. It's clean-cut and subtle.
2. Western Glam is a prairie skirt (but be careful) and a cowboy hat.
But not to a barn wedding or a square dance. That would be too literal.
3. Western Glam is a little bit boho. Key words "little bit."
This, dolls, is how to do it: don't wear your prairie skirt to a square dance. Wear it to a girls' night out. Don't wear your peasant blouse or ombré dress to a barn wedding. Don't do boho at an outdoor concert. Juxtapose the look against an unlikely setting. That's how you keep yourself from looking all costumey. Boho in a traditional setting like.....
Let's face it. Faded bootcut jeans, romantic blouses, crochet skirts and ombré are all considered western and a little boho these days. I've just always considered it my Southern casual cowgirl getting some needed wardrobe time.
Relive some of the magic of your youthful summers this month. The all-American summer is for everyone. It’s filled with lore and romance. After all, “America. It’s not just a good idea.” ~Bono
Did you know you could have been shopping the outfits from this blog last night? And you could already be shopping the looks from our upcoming blog on Monday? If you're a Style Vault Insider, you have. The all-new July Style Vault dropped yesterday! I update the Vault weekly with new looks from the blog and you get to shop them before anyone sees them! Wanna join? Read more here.
Thanks for reading and Barbara, Amy, Deidre and I wish you a happy, happy Fourth Of July!