One of the things I have learned from this blog is how Northern Californian I have become. I am beginning to suspect we few High WASPs who journeyed West just can’t help but trend Artsy.
Today we’ll keep it simple. What might High WASPs on both coasts wear for the 4th of July? It is, after all, our Carnival. We celebrate, we approach the fire, we wear bathing suits and feel naked. Does the Artsy Californian sport red, white and blue? Yes. Yes she does. But what about the Grande Dame? I fear I’ve neglected her and she will not be pleased. She and the Sturdy Gal both embrace the Classic today – although our Dame insists on the extra polish of a long necklace.
Classic: Tunic: Vitamin Shirts via Halsbrook || Pants: Piazza Sempione via Halsbrook || Necklace: Lele Sadoughi via Halsbrook || Shoes: Bernardo via Bloomingdale’s || Watch: Ebel via The RealReal || Earrings: Bella Pearl
California: Pants: Broken-in boyfriend chino via J.Crew || Tank: Keith Haring tank via UNIQLO || Shoes: Birkenstock Arizona Sandals via Barneys NY || Watch: Fieldcrest Maple via JORD || Hair spike: PLUIE Coral Hair Wand via Shopbop || Earrings: Bella Pearl
Making the Grande Dame collage, I kept looking from these necklaces to the outfit, and picturing my mother in my mind’s eye. “Nope, too big. Nope, too gold. Ah, yes, white. Informal.” Mom is as careful about inappropriate fancy as she is about unsuitable cute.
The Classic outfit relies heavily on Halsbrook, a Grande Dame favorite. But Grande Dames often have a mind of their own. Halsbrook is having a 4th of July sale. Some items are reduced as much as 70%. You might prefer this red Philosophy tunic, a blue-striped Vitamin shirt, or white dress from Tahari.
I imagine my cousin Grace’s East Coast flagstone patio, one Fourth of July. We sit on cushioned wrought iron furniture, watching the deer and hoping for fireflies. A glass of white wine in hand, of course, or gin and tonic. Crackers on silver platters, little sliced squares of cheese, probably someone familiar hired to help in the kitchen. Later if the mood strikes we’ll venture to a lake for fireworks.
Meanwhile in California, we’ll grill fish, burgers, and vegetables, play soccer on the lawn with cousins, drink wine and water. We might catch fireworks over the bluff, or, in hopes of a better view, crowd into such large vehicles as are to be found and drive down to the Pacific, where we may perch on a hillside together. “Oooooh! Aaaaaaaah! Bang!”
I hasten to add, everyone will have worn their seat belt.
Fellow Americans, do you dress for the Fourth? Fellow global citizens, how do you celebrate national holidays? Do you wear flag colors, down to your shoes?
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