The 4th of July is the pinnacle of summer, and there’s no better way to celebrate it than with a weekend getaway. From watching fireworks after a day at the beach to picnicking in the park and running through sprinklers, there is no wrong way to spend the holiday. But one thing’s for sure—you’re going to want to pack a stellar warm weather wardrobe (along with a few other summer essentials).
We take our cues from Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, whose style was always classic but somehow managed to seem totally modern at the same time. The clean lines and minimal silhouettes she loved are ideal for summer dressing, and she showed how a simple T-shirt or button-down and jeans can look effortlessly chic.
So what are our preferred essentials for the holiday weekend that channel our style icon? We went for pieces that are easy to pack, lightweight and cool for mid-day, when the sun is at its peak (as well as extras, like a hat and sun screen—at least 30 SPF—to maintain a Carolyn-like porcelain glow without getting burned).
We also chose things you can layer, to keep warm while you wait for the fireworks to start once the sun goes down. And of course you can’t forget to bring along gear to get you through the rest of the weekend, like a picnic basket, speakers, and a towel.
No matter where you’re going to celebrate Independence Day, putting together your long weekend looks can be simple (and give you the classic American look that Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy pulled off so well), by using our summer packing guide. Read on to view our top picks. Happy 4th of July!