Le Quatorze Juillet, France's equivalent to our 4th of July, marks the day in 1789 when disgruntled countrymen and women stormed the Bastille (a then-prison for political figures whose publications did not sit well with the monarchy), stealing gunpowder and ammunition to defend themselves against the absolutism of the country's oppressive regime. Though France would go through another two republics (they are currently in their 5th) before politician Benjamin Raspail proposed that July 14th become the French Fête Nationale in 1880, the day is celebrated by citizens with a fierce patriotism and love for their country, an ardor matched by no one but the very men and women who fought and won for their right to liberté, egalité, et fraternité some 320 years ago.
Naturally in honor of this epic occasion, I had to dress the part. Like the USA, France's colors are red, white, and blue - which made it easy for me to show my love and pride for the country by recycling the outfit worn on my own country's Independence Day.
Les Pieces de l'Ensemble:
- Red and White "candy striper" dress: Pitaya
- White cardigan: H&M
- White open-toe sandals: Bakers
- Black suede cross-body purse: J. Crew