With 4th of July right around the corner, you are probably attending a family BBQ, company picnic or some kind of other function. When preparing for an outdoor party, you want to dress comfortably but still look good too. (Particularly if that cute guy from Accounting is going to be there.) Follow these tips to look your best at your 4th of July party and any outdoor event this summer.

Wear a Dress
Unless you are going to be playing sports, a dress is ideal for an outdoor party. You’ll feel dressed up and still be very comfy. Pick a light, cotton or chiffon sundress that is a couple inches above your knee. If the event is for your office, you don’t want to dress in anything too short or too skimpy. You might think a maxi dress is a good idea, but they are really too long cumbersome if you are moving around a lot outdoors. Floral prints are always a good bet. Don’t wear silk or white, which may get dirty and damaged from picnic tables.

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Image: istockphoto

Put on a Hat
When you are going to be outdoors for any length of time, slather on the sunscreen. But take your sun protection another step further with a wide-brimmed hat. Fortunately for you, big floppy sunhats are in style the season. Choose from straw hats, canvas bucket hats or even a cowboy hat. Any type of wide-brimmed hat will protect your face from the sun and look fabulous.

Glam Up with Shades
A pair of oversized sunglasses or shiny aviators are perfect for an outdoor party. They add a touch of Hollywood glamour to your look and shield your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. You don’t have to spend a small fortune on designer sunglasses. Most department stores have cool sunglasses available for under $100 a pair.

Show Your Colors
No one expects you to wrap yourself in the American flag, but it’s Independence Day after all. So add a bit of red, white or blue to your look with your accessories. A bright beaded necklace or a soft body tote bag is a great way to add a splash of color to your look.

Wear Flat Shoes
This should be a no brainer, but I oftentimes see women trying to maneuver through the grass at the park in high heels. Flat thong sandals embellished with jewels, stones or beads are a wonderful choice. If you are going to be running around a lot, you can also consider a pair of colorful canvas skimmers. Please don’t wear Crocs.

Whatever you are wearing for your 4th of July party, make sure you are comfortable and like your outfit. Confidence is a big part of looking good. Since you are going to be outdoors, also follow these tips for sweat-proof makeup to keep your face looking fresh all day long.

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