It can be hard not to get caught up in the traditional rules of fashion. “Brights are only for spring,” “no white after Labor Day,” “blue eyeshadow is trashy,” etc. While many of these rules are being broken in modern fashion now, prints can still carry major rule stipulations. It can be difficult to wear the good old colors of our country without feeling like people are looking at you out of the sides of their eyes. Don’t let that deter you though because red, white and blue aren’t just for July anymore.
This Fashionista’s scarf is a prime example of fashionable patriotism. Rolling up a square scarf as a headband is a perfect improvisation for bad hair days or for an extra splash of color. Those old silk scarves your grandmother has stashed away are great for this, or if your grandma isn’t willing to give those up then Nordstrom has more than a couple to pick from. If rocking a headband isn’t your thing, a square scarf is still a fantastic accessory to have in your closet. It can be worn classically around the neck or tied around the strap of a bag such as the Zara “City Bag.”
In addition to red, white and blue, our country is famous for it’s camouflage. I’m not talking about rocking the hunting camo that floods my humble Midwestern region but rather a military inspired fashionable print. Military inspired clothing swept through the fashion market last fall and the camouflage print doesn’t appear to be leaving any time soon. This Fashionista turned to lace-up boots as a rough-and-tumble way to sport the trend but it comes in all forms. A more feminine approach could be a cut out back dress like this one from ASOS.
Denim is a classic staple so pairing black jeans with a loose denim button-down provides a clean all-American slate. As a whole, this Fashionista proves that being proud of your country doesn’t need to be an over-the-top show.
Spotted: The Wren resort 2014 collection provides plenty of inspiration on how to wear red, white and blue this spring and summer without looking like an ad for American politics.