Memorial Day is known to us in the US as a time to remember and reflect upon those who served us in the armed forces. It’s a day dedicated to those who risked their lives and lost them, for us as American’s. It’s a somber time for many and a time for all of us to reflect and show thanks for the men and women who are no longer with us. My wide-brimmed hat goes off to them! It’s the most brave and honorable thing one can do is to sign up to protect their country.
After the gravesite visits, Memorial Day turns into a time of relaxing with friends, cooking out, and picnics! It’s the first holiday of the year that typically provides great weather so people want to get together and enjoy it.
So what to wear?!
Boyfriend fit shorts are in right now, and for me personally I think I’m going to make them a staple in my summer wardrobe from this year forward. They fit loosely, making them very comfortable while also giving a chic look. I purchased these Gap shorts from Poshmark (@fccandles closet) and paired them with a blue and white gingham shirt from H&M, a bright necklace, gold shoes and belt, and a vintage clutch.
Another option for a cool Memorial Day look is one with a floral skirt and denim top, which I admit is my default top when I don’t know what to pair something with. A denim shirt matches everything!
I love full skirts especially in a floral print. Full skirts are also a good option for all body types and great for a day outdoors. The length keeps you cool and still allows you to move around as you would with pants or shorts (bike riding, sitting in the grass, etc.) I accessorized the look with blue pumps and a neutral bag. I would suggest wearing flats or sneakers with your skirt this weekend if you’re doing out doorsy activities. You are guaranteed to have a good day and make other people have a good day when wearing a floral skirt, I’m convinced! When I wear this skirt, people look at it and smile before they look at my face. Good style makes people happy so keep it Style Stamped! 🙂
One last thing, while looking up the history of Memorial Day I did find this very interesting article:
The first widely publicized observance of a Memorial Day-type observance after the Civil War was in Charleston, South Carolina, on May 1, 1865. During the war, Union soldiers who were prisoners of war had been held at the Hampton Park Race Course in Charleston; at least 257 Union prisoners died there and were hastily buried in unmarked graves. The freedmen cleaned up and landscaped the burial ground, building an enclosure and an arch labeled “Martyrs of the Race Course.” Nearly 10,000 people, mostly freedmen, gathered on May 1 to commemorate the war dead. Most brought flowers to lay on the burial field. Today the site is remembrance celebration would come to be called the “First Decoration Day” in the North.
David W. Blight described the day:
This was the first Memorial Day. African Americans invented Memorial Day in Charleston, South Carolina. What you have there is black Americans recently freed from slavery announcing to the world with their flowers, their feet, and their songs what the war had been about. What they basically were creating was the Independence Day of a Second American Revolution.
However, Blight stated he “has no evidence” this event in Charleston inspired the establishment of Memorial Day across the country. (Read more here: Wikipedia)
What will you wear on Memorial Day? Which outfit pieces do you like the best? We’d love to hear your comments, so leave them below!