July 4th ~ Dress Picks

July 4th- Dresses

L to R: 1. Loft $98 / 2. ASOS $76 / 3. ASOS $76 /

4. ASOS $69 / 5. New Look $42 / 6. Glamorous $64 / 7. Topshop $95

For the last ten years I’ve spent July 4th either beachside in San Diego or lakeside in Tahoe. It’s always a day full of friends, sunshine, cold beers, bbqing, and amazing memories. It’s one of my favorite holidays and really signifies the start of summer.

It’s also the perfect excuse for outfits that combine two of my obsessions: everything nautical and Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” cover. You know the one. Here are my July 4th dress picks (which could also be titled “Denim is BACK”) for wherever the holiday takes you, all for under $100.

Eyeing Vs. Buying

Eyeing Vs. Buying

J Brand Jeans ($218) vs. AE Jeggings ($50)

I just LOVE myself a good pair of J Brand jeans and have been stalking this pair for months waiting for a sale, to no avail. I just can’t bring myself to spend $200+ on trendy jeans with holes in them. Luckily, these American Eagle jeans are AMAZING and super comfortable, for only $50! They come in a ton of washes / styles, and at this price I feel completely comfortable attacking them with scissors myself if I want a more distressed look. Do yourself a favor and check them out!

Here are some other options – all under $100

Affordable Black Distressed Denim Options

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And if, like me, you enjoy taking out some anger on a perfectly good pair of pants, Free People has a great tutorial.