By Josh Clark
As July begins and Independence Day nears, the time for red, white, and blue is here. Outdo your neighbor’s backyard barbeque with a reunion filled with spirit and color. Here are our top 5 ideas for outfitting the family in star-spangled tees and tanks for your 4th of July cookout.
1. Show stars and stripes in all sizes
Find a fun t-shirt with coordinating sizes for adults, youth and the littlest ones. Spirit wear brand Code V carries a stars and stripes t-shirt that’s packed with patriotism in sizes for adults, youth, toddlers, and infants. The white front and back even offers a space for a custom imprint so you can get the date, family name, and inside jokes on the tee. While there may not be a matching style if you want to dress up your dog, finding a flag-print bandana for the pup is an easy solution.
2. Try a tie-dye shirt
Making your own tie-dye t-shirts is a fun family activity before the actual festivities begin. You can also find tie-dye shirts in various prints, swirls, and patterns online. There are always coordinating styles for adults and children. Brands Gildan and Tie-Dye carry lots of options so you don’t have to settle for ordinary or last year’s look.
3. Pick a patriotic t-shirt in a solid color
It’s easiest to go simple. Solid color shirts in patriotic red, white, or blue are easier to find in sizes for everyone. Fashion-forward brand Bella carries one-color t-shirts for babies and women, and you can find similar styles for men and youth in brand Canvas. Popular brands Gildan and Anvil have affordable tees for toddlers, youth, women, and men. Try outfitting everyone so a third of the group is in red, another in white, and one part in blue. A custom patriotic print will add extra color as well.
4. Show spirit in solid white with a flag
Even easier is going for a white t-shirt and adding color from there. Printing a flag or fireworks on the front gives it a pop of color and patriotism. Plus, white tees tend to be less expensive, so you’ll save and show spirit. Try adding a personal or funny message on the back to make it represent your family.
5. Skip the t-shirt and go for a tank top
If this Independence Day is going to be a scorcher, then consider skipping the t-shirt for some tank tops. There are tons of comfy fashion tank tops like this junior-fit patriotic tank top or this men’s contrast tank top, as well as reversible mesh styles for a sporty look. For families heading to the beach this 4th of July, the tank top is a great option for staying cool in the sun.
Now to add the final details for 4th of July fun, top off your look with star-spangled headwear. Something all-out stars and stripes or a sporty cap with subtle red, white, and blue details will give your family a perfectly patriotic look! All that’s left is for the children to get spirited with glowsticks and face paint.