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Kick Off the Season: What to Wear to Your Memorial Day Barbecue

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You better believe that come July 4th, my entire family will be in head-to-toe red, white, and blue outfits. We're patriotic people, and I love a good excuse to coordinate ensembles. (I defy anyone who says "matchy-matchy" is a bad thing.)

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Until then, I'm slowly starting to infuse the color trio into our wardrobes. (Okay, fine, I'm slowing starting to infuse those colors into my wardrobe.) This #MDW, I plan on debuting a few new Americana-inspired pieces. After all, Memorial Day means more than a 72-hour weekend. It's about taking the time and making the effort to remember those who have lost their lives to protect ours. It's about celebrating life, liberty, and the ability to pursue greatness, thanks, in large part, to the heroic men and women who sacrificed their own American dreams.

Don't get me wrong—it's not like I think my canvas Tom's are making a big difference in the world. But I'd like to think that they're, at least, making a statement: I'm proud and I'm grateful.

On a lighter note, I'll definitely be wearing some variation of blue and white at this weekend's backyard shindig. It's a foolproof summer combo—comfortable, classic, casual, and a little bit nautical too. White jeans (and shorts) are a seasonal staple—and, if you haven't already whipped them out from the back of your closet, now is the time to get reacquainted. A pop of red (maybe?) and I'll be good to go for some cookin', barbecuing, and, best of all, eating!

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Simple, stylish, and subtle. I'll save the full-fledged flag outfit for Independence Day... Just you wait.

Here are a few awesome pieces you can wear with pride Memorial Day weekend through the Fourth of July—and beyond!

Merona Floppy Hat With Bow, $15/ Old Navy Graphic V-Neck Tank, $12/ Old Navy Chambray Romper, $25 / Striped Oxford Shirt Dress, $34/ Ray-Ban Wayfarer Folding Sunglasses, $165/ Loft Striped Strappy Cami, $45/ Gap Denim Jogger Shorts, $45/ Birkenstock White Sandals, $100/ Vineyard Vines Winward Stripe Knit Top, $78/ Tom’s Red White and Blue Classic Flats, $54/ J.Crew Striped Straw Market Tote, $50 / Splendid Tile Print Romper, $158/ Gap Boyfriend Roll-up Linen Shorts, $31

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