(Photos: Zara, American Apparel)
It's officially Veterans Day, and while you've already mapped out the office-wide parade route and choreography for your afternoon rendition of "Grand Old Flag," you have nothing to wear. Well you're wearing something. But nothing that says patriotic while also skirting the line between tasteful national pride and daughter of Uncle Sam.
No problem. To our way of thinking, an easy way to make a statement without veering into costume territory—and this goes for every holiday—is to incorporate either the festive symbols du jour or the color palette. Fourth of July seems to have the market cornered on red, white, and blue, so why not stick to a stars and stripes motif for this evening's plans (need we remind you that stars are very hot right now)?
We're digging a black and white approach: just pair a star-emblazoned blouse with wide-legged striped pants (and tasteful boy shorts if said paints are the chiffony American Apparel ones below), then bask in the knowledge that each of these pieces has year-round wearability potential. Bonus!
We know what you're thinking: But we're already at work. Where were you yesterday? To which we say: If an impromptu lunchtime shopping session and mid-day costume change doesn't suit your schedule, you have our permission to draw an ink-based stars-and-stripes tattoo on your hand.
Stars Sweater, $59.90 at Zara
Striped Wide Leg Pleated Chiffon Pant, $60 at American Apparel