Show your stripes for the Fourth of July
We know it's dreary today, but that doesn't mean you can't look forward to the sun and fireworks that (hopefully) wait ahead. Fourth of July is next Saturday, so you have one week to get your patriotic outfit together. That is, unless the thought of a patriotic outfit makes you want to gag yourself with a flag pole (perfectly understandable), in which case, ignore all following advice.
This coming week, patriotic swimsuits are half off at Reno Beach Surf Shop in St. Petersburg. The store also has "little black bikinis" marked half off, and a selection of clearance suits for $9.95. Now if we can only get the beach bod so easily.
Old Navy has their normal great selection of $5 patriotic holiday shirts with the commemorative year printed on the front. These are just screaming for tragic family photo time. If you'd rather not match your entire crew, maybe opt for Old Navy's cute patriotic peace sign tote for $10 (pictured below). I think it's all-purpose enough to carry past the July 4th holiday.
As usual, Target is also on board with the $5 holiday tees, too. This one, for instance, recreates our great American flag with fruit. Yes, fruit. Sigh. For a more understated holiday look, try this foxy blue sundress for $17.99 with some red accessories like this striking crocheted bead necklace for $14.99.
If you can't bear to leave your air conditioning to shop, try zazzle.com for a variety of fun 4th shirts. Maybe you'll fall in love with the guy wearing this "Let's Make Fireworks Together" tee, but most likely, you'll rightly douse him in the face with your tri-colored Slurpee. Shipping is free with orders of $25 or more when you use the code FREESHIPON25.
Have fun with your holiday look, and just remember -- SAY NO TO PUFFY PAINT.
~ Deal Diva Stephanie
Photo: Jessica Simpson in 2005 from men.style.com's gallery of GQ covers. Tote bag, $10, from oldnavy.com.