Fourth of July!

For me Fourth of July is always filled with running last minute errands because I forgot it's Fourth of July and all the stores are closed. Sad, I know. But this year, I cannot avoid it because its on a Saturday, so 'I'm working' will never pass as an excuse. So I had to put some thought into my Fourth of July outfit.

These Banana Republic 'Greek Goddess' shoes (named so by me) are as close as I'm willing to go to the gladiator sandals trend.

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Don't you like my Greek Goddess-like pose? This dress is meant to fit loose, so I'm trying to pull it up to show off the shoe.

Probably around 10 years ago there was a gladiator sandal trend. It was in all ways identical to the current one. I bought a pair from Payless because I didn't feel like spending a tonne of money on something only in style for a few months. Advice I encourage you to take today.

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I know I blogged this dress recently, but I wore it with a belt and heels, and I think it really changes into a completely different style without the belt.

I like the rather baggy appearance for a Fourth of July outfit because I will be stuffing my face at some barbecue and I don't want anyone to be able to tell. lol

In all seriousness, the dress is an A-line style, so it's still fitted through the waist, and flares out past the hips.

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It was originally floor length, but it was about a foot too long so I trimmed to a mid-calf length when worn with a belt. And without the belt it turns out to be this really interesting lower calf length that I honestly like.

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When I walk it takes on even more shape as it flies around me due to the slit on the side (which I also added myself)

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Dress: Erin Wesson for RVCA -- similar here, here, here, and here

Shoes: Banana Republic -- found here, similar here, and here

Bangles: Ralph Lauren -- also here

And there you have it!

Happy Fourth of July!