Shop Your Closet: Memorial Day Style Inspiration 🇺🇸

I blinked, and suddenly it’s Memorial Day weekend. How about that?

Now that many states are opening up and small gatherings are happening, I’m assuming a lot of you have fun plans, even if it’s on a smaller scale than usual.

I don’t usually plan my Memorial Day outfit too far in advance, but I usually shop my closet and wear something a little bit festive… or, at least, with a nod to patriotism. I’m not sure festive is the right word to describe a Memorial Day outfit.

While Memorial Day is most certainly a time to commemorate and remember those who have given their lives for the freedoms we enjoy, it’s also the weekend we consider the kick-off to summer. Many of us gather for backyard barbecues and picnics, attend parades, or head to the beach for fireworks and bonfires.

Outfits for these events are generally casual, so I shopped my closet and put together a look that’s classy and pulled together but still comfortable and casual for the holiday weekend festivities.

I usually wear some combination of red, white, and blue. Usually I pick two of those colors and just add the third color sparingly; I feel like that’s classier than trying to make all three colors equally represented.

This striped dolman v-neck tee isn’t new to any of you regulars, but when I took a look at my closet, it seemed like the most obvious hero piece.

The navy and white stripes (it also comes in a red and white stripe — another good option!) have a patriotic vibe without being too literal, and it pairs easily with white or blue denim. This top runs TTS; I have the small.

I decided to go with white shorts. If it’s chilly, I can wear it with white jeans, but I think it’s going to be warm enough for shorts this Memorial Day. Go figure!

After an unseasonably chilly May, our weather is warming up just in time for the kick-off to summer, so yay for that!

These shorts are from White House Black Market, and they’re currently 40% off! They’re made of rather thin (but not see-through) and stretchy white denim, and they have a 5″ inseam. The sewn cuffs keep the look elevated and chic.

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They run TTS, or size down if in between; mine are a size 6.

I didn’t have any red accessories, although red nail polish would be perfect with this look. Unfortunately I didn’t think that far ahead for this photo shoot, but I plan to paint them before Monday rolls around. Instead, I grabbed a Phillies tumbler and filled it with a berry drink. Hey, it works in a pinch!

My sandals are a light metallic that works well with either gold or sliver jewelry, and I added a delicate layered necklace and a two-tone bangle. Oversized sunnies complete the look!

Outfit Details:

striped top // white shorts // sandals // necklace // bracelet // sunnies

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photos: Alison Cornell