There are a couple of obvious reasons to break out the American-themed clothing this month: to support our athletes at the Olympic games and, of course, to celebrate Independence Day. However, wearing your stars and stripes is not just for special occasions anymore. In fact, the American-flag influence on global fashion is stronger now than ever.
“It all started with Chanel’s 2008 ready-to-wear spring collection,” says Christie Griffiths of Federal Hill’s Brightside Boutique and Art Studio. “The collection was inspired by the Americana lifestyle, which made the flag design very popular. After that, a lot of budget-friendly brands, like UNIF and Chaser, above, produced similar patriotic-themed pieces, modeled after Karl Lagerfeld’s vision for the Parisian fashion house.”
Americana is everywhere now—from tees, denim, swimwear, and accessories, to even home goods. When sporting this trend, embrace the laid-back, vintage-inspired feel of it. Keep it cool and effortless. “It’s a throw-back design, worn in a very casual way that almost anyone can pull off,” says Lisa Ponzoli, owner of Babe. (a boutique) in Fells Point. “The flag itself is the focal point and should be worn with more toned-down pieces. Wear it with a simple pair of frayed jean shorts and metallic sandals.”
Finally, you can be patriotic and stylish at the same time. And seriously, what could be more American than that?
Clockwise from top left: American flag shirt ($28) at Brightside Boutique and Art Studio. Sara Ketty Larry King onesie ($24) at Wee Chic. Chaser cold shoulder tee ($62) at Babe. Dolce Vita star shorts ($79) and Street Level striped bag ($58) at South Moon Under. Cat studio America glass ($12) at The Pleasure of Your Company.