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4th of July accessories: Stylish stars and stripes that work the year around

June 30, 2010 | 10:50 am

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Showing your sartorial spirit for the USA this 4th of July doesn't have to mean a jean jacket emblazoned with stars.

Be it simple star stud earrings or a nautical striped shirt, there are plenty of stylish ways to wear your pride for America. Here are a few options that will work for 4th of July celebrations this weekend as well as the whole year around. Tommy4th

Preppy pieces for guys like these madras shorts and red, white and blue boat shoes work every summer and add a little character and color to your wardrobe. Shoes, $95; shorts, $88 at Tommy Hilfiger New York

The printed graphic T-shirt from Johnnie-O fills in the line's surfer logo with -- what else? -- stars and stripes. The shirt comes in adult and kids sizes, so you can outfit the whole family. $20 and $30 at www.johnnie-o.com.

A nautical navy-and-white-striped boat-neck top is a must whether it’s the 4th of July or just Tuesday. This Saint James unisex striped top is a thicker knit, good for chilly nights at the beach, $85 at www.jcrew.com.

 ShirtsandalsEveryone stocks up on flip-flops for summer anyway, so why not make one pair patriotic? Old Navy printed flip-flops are $5 at www.oldnavy.com.


You may not be into wearing head-to-toe red, white and blue, but for a nice touch of vintage Americana, try a scarf from the Gap (pictured at top). It’s easy enough to throw on with jeans and a white T-shirt to add some color,  $29.50 at www.gap.com.

Nothing says summer like a pair of airy espadrilles. Madewell’s red-and-white-striped version (pictured at top) is both preppy and patriotic, $48 at www.madewell.com.

Pretasurf185 For star jewelry that’s feminine and a solid salute to the USA, Vita Fede’s gold stars stuck to colored Star 6 leather can be worn alone or with other bracelets for a layered look, $50 to $65 at www.vitafede.com. Marc by Marc Jacobs’ pave star earrings have a cool rocky texture and warm brown hue, $58 at www.shopbop.com.

Pretasurf’s red-and-white floral-printed board shorts are an easy bikini cover-up and a more feminine version of typically sporty board shorts, $185 at www.shopbop.com.

-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photos: At top, clockwise from upper left, Saint James striped top from J.Crew, Gap scarf, Madewell espadrilles, Marc by Marc Jacobs earrings from Shopbop.com.

Middle right: Tommy HiIfiger boat shoe, Tommy Hilfiger madras shorts.

Middle left: Johnnie-O T-shirt, Old Navy flip-flops.

Bottom left: Pretasurf printed board shorts from Shopbop.com.

Bottom right: Vita Fede's leather wrap bracelet with stars.

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