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For most, after February, there are no large celebrations to look forward to until May, but, finally, Memorial Day and its three-day weekend is right around the corner. Contrary to what the calendar says, everyone knows it makes the unofficial mark of summer, meaning it’s time to turn up the heat—outfit-wise.
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Now’s the time to step out of your outdated sweatpants and into the best swimwear; Memorial Day is all about wiping the slate clean. In fact, think of this holiday as the perfect time to hit the reset button on your wardrobe.
Are you having a hard time believing us? We’ll prove it. Step into these six effortless Memorial Day outfit ideas which prove the holiday isn’t exclusively reserved for all-white ensembles.
1. Mix patterns like the pros with Amazon’s best-selling dress
Who says you have to break the bank to look fabulous? Not us—and this Memorial Day, all you need is the Nemidor midi plus-size dress. Available in women’s extended sizes from 14 Plus to 26 Plus, with 26 different patterns and colors up for grabs. Each option features the same ultra-flattering soft and stretchy material and A-line hemline, with more than 10,700 reviewers loving every version. So many shoppers mentioned how much they loved the “breathable material,” while others said it “made them feel [their] most comfortable.”
What could be better than that? Stepping into these Franco Sarto Clemens Espadrille wedge sandals, of course. Available in women’s shoe sizes 5 to 11, these espadrilles are ready to wear in ten different colors and are nothing short of a fan favorite. Deemed both “beautiful and comfortable” by reviewers, this shoe features a three-inch heel, silver-toned hardware and an adjustable ankle strap. Wear all weekend long and remember to keep them in mind come any backyard weddings you have on your calendar this summer season.
To pull your look together, enlist the help of L. Erickson Veracruz beaded headband. This satin headband features oversized golden flowers that perfectly pair with the neutral tones in your sandals, while the white base further accentuates the polka dots in your dress. It’s a win-win!
2. Add a pop of color to this an all-white ensemble with Hermès’ip oil
Stay foolproof by going all-in on an all white theme, with QVC’s brand-new Candace Cameron Bure summer sweater tank top fitting the bill. Available in women’s extended sizes ranging from XXXS to 5X, choose from the yellow honey bee, a hot pink fuchsia, cobalt blue and, our favorite, natural white. It’s designed in an ultra-comfortable knit fabric and can be worn tucked in or tucked out. Plus, it looks far more expensive than it is.
Just in time for spring, DL1961 has released their best-selling Hepburn denim in a brand-new white hue, which is perfectly on-trend with the spring season. Featuring all the same beloved bells and whistles, this sustainable denim is available in women’s sizes 23 to 34, offering an ultra-flattering high-rise design fitted through the waist and seat, tapering outward from the thigh for a wide leg.
Take this all-white look to new heights by incorporating Larroude’s Dolly mule in white’s sister shade, ivory. Still remaining in the same color family, this Dolly mule is available in women’s sizes 5 to 10. The slip-on style features a 4.5-inch block heel and the finely crafted leather provides comfort, support, and durability.
Unlike Christmas or the Fourth of July, Memorial Day isn’t solely tied exclusively to a signature lipstick shade such as red. Instead, this holiday season, elevate your all-white ensemble by enlisting the help of a bold lip shade. To get the job done, turn to this Hermés lip oil; not only all over Instagram, but this apricot-orange shade is sublime. Designed with plant oils, this perfectly blended formula will protect, nourish and boost hydration in your lips while enhancing them with the perfect pop of natural color.
3. Put a modern twist on traditional French-girl style with Mersea’s striped sweater
Prepare for love at first sight with this Mersea Amour sweater. Available in a one-size-fits-all fit, this sweater is made from a soft, delicate knit. We love how this classic sweater adds a fun and warm twist to the traditional French long-sleeve striped tee. Even sweeter is the subtle button detailing and all four colors featuring an appliqué heart motif on both elbows.
Lighten up your look by stepping into Wild Fable’s cut-off jean shorts. Available in women’s extended sizes ranging from 00 to 26W, these high-waisted shorts are ready to wear in five different colors and patterns and sure to be your new summer essential.
Stay comfortable and stylish with the help of these Puma Carina sneakers. Available in women’s shoe sizes 5.5 to 11, these all-white sneakers will grab anyone’s attention with their leather tie lace-ups featuring a sporty design and textured midsole finish.
Top off this effortlessly cool ensemble by adding some festive touches. This Lele Sadoughi x LoveShackFancy heart crystal knotted headband will perfectly pair and match the tiny hearts on your sweater, as Amazon’s best-selling hoop earrings drive the look home.
4. Rely on Eloquii’s chambray shirtdress to streamline styling
If the thought of wearing white sends shivers down your spine, stay safe and turn your attention to chambray, which is not only a great alternative but equally as festive. Take Eloquii’s chambray shirtdress; this fuss-free one-piece is designed in a light wash and we love the powder blue hue. Available in women’s extended sizes 14 to 26, the subtle front cutouts, fitted bodice and collared neck add to its wearability.
Kick things up a notch, style-wise, and step into these Superga leather low top platform sneakers. Ready to wear in women’s shoe sizes 6 to 10, these shoes feature a very-wearable 1.5-inch platform that accentuates the all-white shade and makes them transition seamlessly from day to night.
Keep your items safe and sound by reaching for this JW PEI Gabbi bag. The brand is not only beloved by A-listers, including Emily Ratajkowski, but all 14 of the available colors receive a near-perfect rating by Amazon reviewers. Between the vegan leather exterior, faux suede interior and ruched handles, it’s not difficult to understand why reviewers deem this bag “a must-have.”
5. Pair Rachel Zoe x Express Edit with Good American’s fan-favorite denim
As much as we love a one-and-done holiday outfit, we love a holiday outfit we can wear on repeat even more—and that’s what the Rachel Zoe x Express Edit offers. Available in women’s sizes XXS to XL, build a base with the Rachel Zoe satin cropped cami. The V-neck and satin material makes this shirt formal enough to wear to any Memorial Day event with a dress code. Plus, the shorter hemline allows versatility; it can transition from daytime to nighttime and will work even after the festivities conclude.
Opt for a matching two-piece look by swinging the Rachel Zoe satin one button notch lapel blazer over your shoulders. Available in women’s sizes XXS to XL, it’s crafted from the same satin material and presents a single-button closure to keep warm and look effortlessly cool.
Forgo the matching bottoms of this shirt set and step into a worthwhile pair of denim like these Good American Good Girlfriend high-rise denim jeans. Available in women’s sizes 0 to 16, this denim offers a high-rise fit that’s perfect for balancing the cropped silhouette of the shirt, while the laid-back fit through the hip and a loose fit remains comfortable and functional.
Add an unexpected pop of color with these Jeffrey Campbell Alise embellished sandals, available in women’s shoe sizes 5 to 10. Tiny crystals wrap around the exterior and crown of the shoe and extended with faceted crystals around the square heel. One reviewer claims these are the “gorgeous sandals she wears on repeat,” while another shopper says they gave her “pretty sparkly feet.”
6. Take the road less followed with this Girlfriend Collective’s midnight blue unitard
On the fence about what your plans are this Memorial Day? Turn to this Memorial Day outfit idea that can work anytime, anywhere. Build a base with Girlfriend Collective’s midnight blue bike unitard. A fantastic substitute for any outdated romper or biker shorts, this all-in-one piece is available in women’s extended sizes from XXS to 6XL, offering a shorter hemline, low back and built-in bra.
Opt-out of the traditional black or white blazer and opt into this khaki wardrobe essential; enter Everlane’s ’80s blazer. Available in women’s sizes 00 to 20, this blazer features a classic notch collar, exaggerated shoulders, and a relaxed silhouette with three front pockets and one interior pocket. Plus, the khaki shade can transition from one season to the next.
Remain comfortable and elegant by stepping into these Sam Edelman Kia block heel sandal. Available in women’s shoe sizes 5 to 11, there are 20 colors to select from, with each featuring the same slender strap, square toe and 3.5-inch heel.
Add some statement accessories with the Louella necklace. Mixing two of Bauble Bar’s best-selling necklaces, this piece is part chain and part paper clip, with a stylish toggle in the middle. Carry good luck with you wherever you go by investing in this Enzo ring featuring an evil eye.
Top it off by giving your look a very ’90s-feel with the help of JW PEI’s Eva shoulder bag. Made from croc-embossed vegan leather and recycled plastic bottles, Amazon’s best-seller has more than 1,800 reviewers lusting over it.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Memorial day outfit ideas: What to wear for a holiday-approved look