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4th of July weekend is upon us — a time of fireworks, evening barbecues and all-around hope and good cheer. Whether making a celebratory personal purchase or a little gift for someone special — and especially devoted to their country — it’s important to go all-American.

For most garden gatherings, bright attire is of the utmost importance, and where better to turn than the Palm Beach doyenne of American resortwear, Lilly Pulitzer. From the well-tailored Kirkland dress to the long, flowing Amanda dress, most of the items come in in navy blue: a time-honored nautical nod suitable for the 21st century.

Ralph Lauren is just the place for old-school quality homewares and any last-minute festive items before your barbecue party guests arrive. I'm partial to the divine-smelling candles, ideal for setting a sophisticated mood even by the patio, and gorgeous cable cashmere throws. Naturally, you can also opt for the American flat-knit textiles.

Perhaps no other institution epitomizes American luxury quite like Tiffany’s, and that’s exactly where I would be looking for an extra bit of sparkle. I’ve always had a soft spot for their precious little charms: perfect add-on trinkets fit for a patriotic arm party, and your bejeweled hand will look fabulous when it’s resting over your heart during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

To read up on a classic American town, check out my latest Travel Curator guide to Chicago.

Happy Journeys!

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