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5. The nails This laid-back holiday is (Credit: NCLA)


5. The nails
This laid-back holiday is all about no-fuss fashion. Show your patriotic pride like a rock star with NCLA's Fiercely Independent nail wrap kit -- no drying, heat lamps or wait time required; $16 at shopncla.com.

4th of July style guide

However you'll be celebrating the Fourth of July, you'll want your outfit to be the perfect blend of patriotic and stylish. Follow these easy steps to All-American looks for the beach party, backyard barbecue, boat outing and country club soiree. -- Nina Ruggiero
Meghan Giannotta and Elaine Vuong assisted in compiling this photo gallery.
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BARBECUE 1. The top You'll want to
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BARBECUE
1. The top
You'll want to stay cool and casual while sipping summer cocktails in the backyard, but that doesn't mean you can't show off a little bit. Tie on this Starshine tee from Wildfox Couture and you have an instant style winner; $77 at wildfoxcouture.com.

2. The skirt When paired with an
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2. The skirt
When paired with an understated crop top, a bright red skirt will pop. This one by Mossimo for Target is light and comfortable with an elastic waistband, so you can eat all the hot dogs and burgers you please; $19.99 at target.com.

3. The headwrap Help your hair beat
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3. The headwrap
Help your hair beat the heat in a festive turban headband in stripes of navy and white; $24 at select Free People stores and freepeople.com.

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4. The swimsuit July Fourth on Long
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4. The swimsuit
July Fourth on Long Island is always a scorcher, and your backyard barbecue will likely include a dip in the pool. With candy stripes and cute ruffles, the Madi push-up bandeau bikini from the Victoria's Secret Beach Sexy swim collection is a part retro-girl-next door and part goddess (and it's on sale); top $25.50, bottoms $16.50 at victoriassecret.com.

5. The shoes Finish off the look
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5. The shoes
Finish off the look with comfortable wedges like these Lucky Brand Hunters in American Navy, which give a little lift and a lot of style; $69, at zappos.com.

COUNTRY CLUB SOIREE 1. The dress Everyone
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COUNTRY CLUB SOIREE
1. The dress
Everyone needs a little white dress, and this summer staple is the perfect canvas for a Fourth of July look. Keep it classy in this Asos pleated frock in lightweight cotton; $53.02, at asos.com.

2. The belt Cinch your waistline with
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2. The belt
Cinch your waistline with patriotic pride with this red, white and blue silk belt from the 2012 Official Team USA Olympic Collection by Polo Ralph Lauren; $85, at ralphlauren.com.

3. The shoes Firecracker red pumps take
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3. The shoes
Firecracker red pumps take this look from preppy to sexy. Try Steve Madden's Babylonn; $109.95, at stevemadden.com.

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4. The lips Now that you're all
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4. The lips
Now that you're all dressed, it's time for the finishing touch. You'll want to keep the rest of your makeup light and simple, but go for bold, red lips to create your own fireworks. Try Revlon ColorBurst lipstick in True Red; $6.99 at select drugstores and target.com.

ON THE BOAT 1. The dress The
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ON THE BOAT
1. The dress
The nautical look is a Long Island staple, and this belted dress from Delia's is perfectly patriotic, too. It's on sale for $39.50 at delias.com.

2. The jacket The denim jacket is
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2. The jacket
The denim jacket is as American as apple pie. This old classic is back in a big way this year, and when thrown over a sundress it's the perfect way to keep warm for a breezy summer night on the water; $49.95 at select American Eagle stores and ae.com.

3. The shoes Complete the boat-ready look
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3. The shoes
Complete the boat-ready look in a pair of red deck trainers from Top Shop. The patriotic color makes this casual style pop; $45, at topshop.com.

4. The hair For perfectly effortless summer
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4. The hair

For perfectly effortless summer hair, spritz your locks with Bangstyle Sea Salt Mist. This no-hold spray leaves you with natural texture and a beachy sea salt and kelp induced shine; $17, at bangstyle.com.

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5. The nails This laid-back holiday is
(Credit: NCLA)


5. The nails
This laid-back holiday is all about no-fuss fashion. Show your patriotic pride like a rock star with NCLA's Fiercely Independent nail wrap kit -- no drying, heat lamps or wait time required; $16 at shopncla.com.

BEACH PARTY 1. The swimsuit Your swimsuit
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BEACH PARTY
1. The swimsuit
Your swimsuit is the main event at a beach party, and this retro Maritime and Again two-piece is ready for the spotlight. Top, $73.99, bottoms, $57.99; at modcloth.com.

2. The shorts For a day in
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2. The shorts
For a day in the sand, you'll want to keep your look simple and easy. Throw a great pair of shorts over your best bikini and a shirt isn't even necessary. These Kate Spade New York striped shorts are on sale for $118.80; at bloomingdales.com.

3. The hat Shield yourself from the
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3. The hat
Shield yourself from the sun's harsh rays while looking like a true American beauty in this floppy hat; $12.80, at forever21.com.

4. The sandals Finish your girlish look
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4. The sandals
Finish your girlish look with bow-accented sandals by LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl's; on sale for $29.99 at kohls.com.

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FOR HIM 1. The classis T-shirt Guys
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FOR HIM
1. The classis T-shirt
Guys can show their true American colors in a basic lightweight T-shirt like this one from H&M $9.95 at select H&M stores.

2. The trunks He can cool off
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2. The trunks
He can cool off and celebrate the holiday in these patriotic Polo Ralph Lauren trunks; on sale for $49.99 at macys.com.

3. The shades Real men aren't afraid
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3. The shades
Real men aren't afraid to add a fun accessory. These Fourth of July sunglasses from Urban Outfitters are sure to get the party started; $14 at urbanoutfitters.com.

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