Look to your best in patriotic attire
Burberry Brit trench coat, Brooks Brothers sailor's sweater, Oliveo jeans, Salvador Ferragamo shoes, statement belt (all own), and wood watch c/o Jord
  1. Best National Day attire for women over 40
  2. How to dress for national day
  3. Avoid meant to be “funny clothes” with the flag all over
  4. How to avoid looking costumed in patriotic colors
  5. How to get patriotic dressing right
  6. Patriotic outfit ideas for women over 40
  7. Wrapping up

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Best National Day attire for women over 40

In many nations it is the custom to dress in patriotic attire, on the National Day. Since Independence Day is just around the corner, I devoted this post of the Ageless Style Series to patriotic outfits. Even though my outfit inspirations are in red-white-and-blue, i.e. it is a post for all my readers. You, for sure, have enough fantasy to replace those colors with the colors of your nation.

woman proudly carrying the US flag post banner for patriotic outfits

How to dress for national day

You can use the colors of the flag or colors that are close enough to show the intent to dress with the theme. The photo below, for instance, substituted red with pink. It’s close enough.

fashionblogger in posh patriotic look
Example of staying close to the National colors: London boyfriend jeans with a Isaac Mizrahi pink cashmere sweater and Fossil white denim jacket, DIY statement necklace, Hermes H-bangle, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Festina watch, and a LV multi-color studded bag for an example of creating a patriotic vibe while substituting red with pink


The next photo is an example where the original blue is exchanges for a light blue.

Vionic patriotic inspired outfit
Oliveo leather pencil skirt with white and blue Carhartt gingham button-down shirt, Ray Ban sunglasses, Jaeger tote, Tissot rock watch, Hermes collier de chien bangle,  (all own) and red wedge slides c/o Vionic as an example of a color added (taupe for the bag)


There is also not need to just wear the National Colors. In the example below, for instance, the leopard shoes add brown, tan and black. The trick about adding another color reduces the risk to look costumed.

casual outfit in red white and blue

#fashionover50 casual outfit for Independence Day
Levis denim jacket knotted around the waist for style with G-III suede skirt, Aldo leopard print pony-hair pumps, Ray Ban sunglasses, Celine tote (all own), and striped T-shirt c/o Marine Layer


Try outfits that also would work on a normal weekend, but just have the colors. Here are some visual patriotic outfit inspirations that include the colors, but could also worn on a weekend.

red white and blue outfit for Independence Day
GNW cardigan worn as top with G-III suede skirt and Chanel belt (all own)


denim skirt with red top and Persian Pickles print cardigan
Oliveo denim skirt, August Silk sweater, BP espadrilles, Paloma Picasso sunglasses, Hermes Constanze bag, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, GNW cardigan with BP espadrilles


red, white, blue and black outfit
Olivero leather shorts, Loft striped T-shirt, Hermes H-buckle belt, Star denim jacket and Celine bag (all own)

Avoid meant to be “funny clothes” with the flag all over

Ever since the week of Father’s Day ads are popping up about sales for Independence Day Attire. Even when one buys something not so extreme as the young lady in the photo below these items are never stylish at any age. Do I have to mention that they are cheap for a reason and that you will not get a lot of wear from them? Thus, the cost-per-wear ratio is not in your favor in addition that you don’t look chic.

outfits what not to wear on Independence Day over 40
Example what not to wear

How to avoid looking costumed in patriotic colors

A bikini or shorts in the colors of your flag are a guaranteed ticket to end up on the worst dressed list. Who wants to be there to begin with? Here are some tips to avoid looking ridiculous when wearing patriotic attire.

  • Ruffles are an element of costumes. Thus, avoid them like the plague.
  • Stay away from bikini, shorts, socks, T-shirts, dresses, shoes, sunglasses, hats, shirts, etc. with flag prints.
  • Don’t cut an old flag and make it into an apron.

How to get patriotic dressing right

The following points provide stylist’s tricks to dress patriotically, respectfully and stylishly.

  • Riot your closet for items in your national colors. If you plan to go to a parade or BBQ, create a casual outfit with these items like you would wear at a normal weekend.
  • An alternative is to just go with the spirit and use colors that are in the same hue. Again create a casual look in your style. You may even add another color to your national colors or swap just one color with a color in the same family but a different hue. But let the spirit still be obvious. For example, when your nation has just one color like orange for the Netherlands, salmon pink or peach are great options. You even may add another color in small doses and still get a patriotic look. If you go monochromatic in just your nation’s color add interest by different texture or shine.
  • Leave one color out.
  • Create an outfit that includes the colors.


fashion blogger in polka dot skirt and striped top

style book author in a red-white-blue French look

#fashionover50 mature woman in work outfit in patriotic inspired colors with trench coat
Outfit details: Ralph Ralph Lauren polka dot pleated skirt, Brooks Brothers sweater, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, Burberry Brit trench coat, pearl necklace, and Salvatore Ferragamo Vara pumps (all own)

Patriotic outfit ideas for women over 40

The following photos illustrate the above discussed concepts applied in red-white and blue outfits. They provide examples of national-inspired looks for women over 40.

stripes and polka dot picnic look Substituting red with pink. Striped Notation T-shirt with Ralph Lauren polka dot pleat skirt, Kieselstein Cord belt, Hermes collier de chien bangle, and Chanel bag (all own)chic mature patriotic outfit Patriotic outfit with Oliveo maxi leather skirt, Dr. Scholl wedge sandals, Festina sport watch (all own), striped T-shirt c/o Marine Layer, and wooden watch c/o Jord. Here white is substituted by winter white

Independence Day outfit Example for substituting white with the beige in the hat. Karina navy with red floral dress with sun hat, Gloria Vanderbilt open-toe pumps, Hermes collier de chien bracelets, and Chanel quilted bag (all own)
stylist over 50 years old in posh casual outfit in patriotic colors The Limited polo shirt with London Jean boyfriend jeans, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, Constance bag, Keds (all own), and sunglasses c/o ShopGlasses

When you liked the outfit recipes of this post, and want recipes for all kind of dressing situation in midlife, buy my book How to Dress for Success in Midlife.

stylist looking posh in a patriotic red, white and blue outfit
Levis denim jacket with G-III suede skirt, polka dot print Keds, Hermes collier de chien cuff, Hermes enamel bangles, Ray Ban sunglasses, Celine tote (all own) and striped T-shirt c/o Marine Layer


Nicole of High Latitude Style in patriotic outfit
Vintage red slip dress with white and blue flowers, white scarf, Chanel belt, Star denim jacket (all own)


fashion blogger in red, white and blue summer business casual work outfit with paisley pattern
Outfit details: Constance bag, August Silk top with Persian pickles print GNW cardigan, BP espadrilles, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, Oliveo denim skirt, Tissot watch, Dolce and Gabbana Madonna sunglasses, Hermes collier de chien leather cuff, coin bracelet, cat cameo necklace, cameo earrings (all own)


over 50 years old woman in patriotic work outfit

patriotic outfit inspiration for mature women
Outfit details: Oliveo leather skirt, August Silk silk top, Jones New York striped cardigan, unbranded pointy-toe studded flats, Hermes collier de chien bangle, cameo pendant necklace and earrings, Hermes enamel bangles, Seiko watch and Celine bag (all own)

Wrapping up

Patriotic outfits can be stylish. All national day parades or parties require to dress up in the national colors. Thus, you must not be an American to get something out of this post. No matter what your nationality is, when it comes to dressing in the national colors, one may end up looking costumed. To avoid looking ridiculous in patriotic attire.

  1. Stay away from anything ruffled. Ruffles are an element of costumes.
  2. Stay away from shorts, socks, T-shirts, dresses, shoes, sunglasses, hats etc. that have flag prints.
  3. Pick items in the national colors from your closet and create a casual tasteful outfit that you could imagine to wear at a normal weekend.
  4. Add another color to your national colors or leave one color out.
  5. Substitute one color with a color that is close to your national colors like demonstrated in today’s OOTD (in this case winter white instead of white).

What do you do on your National Day? Do you have a family tradition? What are your plans for Independence Day? Will you wear a patriotic outfit?

Happy 4th of July to my American readers.

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