Fête Bastille Day in style

Francophiles of Philadelphia, celebrate La Fête Nationale in true Parisian fashion.

Whether you're catching rays on the beach, jamming live to Zac Brown Band's "Chicken Fried," or storming the Penitentiary, we present trés chic options that will make you stand out among the sea of people.

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The Sailor Shirt

No brand does the nautical shirt better than Saint James. The Normandy-based company has been spinning knits since 1850, racking on a loyal following of creative icons including Picasso, Andy Warhol and Madamemoiselle Chanel herself. We recommend this classic, three-quarter sleeve top for a muggy Saturday afternoon- it's light weight, form-fitting and festive!

Saint James® Galathée tee, Jcrew.com, $90.00

The Nautical Dress

Describe this dress in five words or less: Saint-Tropez, summertime, sixties, signature stripes, Swarthmore. Up-and-coming designer Joseph Altuzarra, a Swarthmore College grad, collaborated with J.Crew for a French twist on this closet staple. The result is this cotton, nautical, navy-and-white-striped, sleeved dress that makes us want us want to escape to Southern France and sip bloodies by the bay. Oh la la.

Altuzarra for J.Crew Patricia dress, $145.00

A Bastille Day Beret

This red, white and blue beret designed by Ralph Lauren will be worn by U.S. Olympic athletes at the Opening Ceremony, but it's also available to the masses- with a sliver of controversy. The headpiece is made in China rather than the U.S., a production point that thoroughly angered politicians this week. There are plenty of alternative, lower-priced options out there, but since we work in news, we thought the story was worth re-surfacing again in this post- in case you missed it.

Team USA Ceremony Beret, Ralph Lauren, $55.00

Relax and read

Laying out on the beach? We recommend this book by Lisa Chaney. Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life details the tumultuous childhood and life of the iconic French designer.