I love costume holidays! Well, technically the 4th of July is not a costume holiday so much as a "festive" holiday, which is even better because you get points for subtle and stylish incorporation of the theme of the day.

So instead of donning a sparkly red latex skirt with blue starred matching top (I was at the Marin County Fair, I actually saw this) I decided to go for just a hint of patriotism via a flag bandeau from American Apparel which peeked innocently out from under a sheer NastyGal top... and Voila! A random person in line for the Ferris Wheel told me I was wearing "the best 4th of July outfit she had every seen." Winning!