American flag apparel has long been the uniform of frat boys and Fourth of July beachgoers, but this summer, patriotic pieces made a comeback – just in time for the London Olympics. Hovering somewhere between trendy and tacky, flag apparel swept the fashion scene during the warmer months, but I have been curious to see how it fares after the gold medals have been awarded and the fireworks have fizzled out.
My question was answered when I ran into this Fashionista rocking this patriotic scarf from Nordstrom. This piece is a perfect way to work the flag trend into an every day outfit. While the flag is normally a costume-like way to accessorize, this Fashionista’s scarf is a muted version of the American flag. The more neutral colors replace the bright, primary colors of the original flag, making this piece work beautifully with any fall look. Her outfit is comfy and casual, perfect for fall, but her patriotic wrap gives the ensemble something unique. If one doesn’t pay attention, it might not be clear that the scarf is printed with the American flag, but when it is spotted, one can’t help but appreciate the way the pattern is incorporated into her look. This Fashionista takes the American flag, a trend that walks the dangerous line between stylish and tacky and makes it look like it belongs around every Fashionista’s neck.
Evoking patriotism while staying stylish can be tricky, but with a good eye and a well-stocked closet, all you Fashionista’s out there can rock the American flag trend while retaining a more classic vibe. So, even though the Olympics are over and the Fourth of July has passed, this trend is one you can still try, but probably sooner rather than later, as this is one trend that is soon to pass. Not to worry, though, American flag fashion will resurface again, but until then it’s probably best to keep the flag to costumes, frat parties and holidays.
Spotted: Matthew Williamson’s spring 2011 runway show featured printed scarves.