Pack like a pro: Ann Mashburn's 4th of July picks

When you're planning what to pack for the Fourth of July weekend, there's no one better to turn to for inspiration than avid traveler, former fashion editor, and all-around stylish American designer Ann Mashburn. With over 25 years of experience in the fashion industry, Ann has her own line, but has also made a name with some of the best fashion boutiques in the U.S.

Her boutiques sell 80% her designs and 20% classic icon brands like Isabel Marant and Levis, so you're guaranteed to find something fabulous when you walk into one.

In preparation for the upcoming holiday weekend, we asked Ann what she's planning to pack in her bag -- how to truly pack like a pro. And we want every single thing she's recommending: From her go-to jeans to the adorable, comfy sandals, and -- of course -- the red stripes.

Click through below to see Ann's picks for July 4th, and why she'll help you be the most stylish friend of the weekend.

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Pack like a pro: Ann Mashburn's July 4th picks

"This is my go-to jean. I don't wear shorts except for working out - so I have learned to sweat in them and smile even when it is 90 degrees. (I just imagine how the cowboys did it in the olden days and I feel a little less hot!)"

Seafarer Penelope Short Jean, $295

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"I never tire of a hippieish embroidered top.  This one feels more like me though - a little crisper in men's blue shirting..."

Ann Mashburn Catalina Embroidered Top, $250

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"My go-to jean again... you HAVE to have a white pair as well.  It may seem redundant - but it's not.  After a long day in your bathing suit, white jeans just feel crisp and fresh. Kind of like fresh sheets for your legs!"

Seafarer Penelope Short Jean, $245

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"Come on, it's 4th of July! Is this too on the nose?"

Saint James Modern Miniquiers Tee, $75

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"A dress 'just in case' is great to pack. This one can go casual, but it will serve its purpose if I have to be a little more dressed up.  It is linen, but the print will hide any wrinkles... besides, it'll look even better a bit rumpled."

Ann Mashburn Tie Shirtdress, $295

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"These go with everything I have packed.. the perfect sandal. You can walk in it and it screams easy summer cool.  The cutout is a tiny bit of an update so I am excited to wear it."

Ann Mashburn Cut-Out Slide, $250

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Love Joan Didion and I haven't read this one yet ( though I have given it to a few of my favorite people... ) AND it has a red white and blue cover! So American! 

South and West: From a Notebook by Joan Didion, from $10.99

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My favorite swim company and they have just partnered with STAUD clothing.  This white lace-up is super chic. Love the idea of surprising Sid with a new getup for the pool. 

Solid & Striped The Sophia Ivory Rib, $168.00

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I've been wearing these every summer for as long as I can remember... doesn't get much more classic than Persol and the tortoise goes with everything.

Persol PO3135S Sunglasses

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