Crimes of Fashion

Women’s Patriotic Clothing for the 4th of July

As some of you may know, The Fashion Police is a UK-based website, so we don’t celebrate the 4th of July. It would appear that many of our UK-based retailers DO, though, because over the past few weeks, we’ve been finding quite a few examples of Stars and Stripes patterned clothing on some of our favourite websites.

Where would you wear THIS little number, for instance?

(£75, ASOS: click here to buy it)

Even if we were planning to celebrate the 4th (And ASOS does deliver to the US now, so perhaps that’s why they’re stocking this), we can’t really imagine wanting to do it in a strapless, sequined dress, emblazoned with the stars n’ bars, can you?

Or, for that matter, in these, which we found at Topshop, where they’re selling for £34, and are sold out in UK sizes 4 and 12:

(American flag shorts, Topshop: click here to buy them)

These are getting rave reviews at the Topshop website, where they’re being declared a “must have” and a “summer essential”, so perhaps it’s just us who have an American-flag shaped hole in our wardrobes right now.

(Aside: we’re really loving Topshop’s new review function – great for helping you work out whether items are true to size, and what the fabric’s like if you’re ordering online without having seen the item in-store.)

Not to be outdone, New Look has a US flag top, which is only £9.99, although sold-out online: you may have better luck in-store, though.

(We can’t help but imagine this top worn with the shorts above it, now. Now THAT would be quite some outfit…)

Oh, and if you can’t find it in-store, don’t despair: Dorothy Perkins have an American flag shirt which is £18, and in stock. You’re welcome.

Across the pond, good ol’ Jeffrey Campbell steps up to the plate with these stars and stripes print Litas:

(Stars and Stripes Lita platforms, $144: click here to buy them)

Hey! You could wear them with the shorts and top! Please don’t, though.

If you’re willing to invest £195 / $309 in your flag fashion, meanwhile, Unconditional can supply you with this cardigan:

(Click here to buy it)

For some reason, Far Fetch is describing this is an “English flag”. England’s flag is the George’s Cross, which doesn’t have a single star to its name (or, indeed, any blue), so we’re going to assume they’re just confused with that. Either that or we are.

So, tell us, readers, what do you think of flags becoming fashion statements? Patriotic? Fun? OK if it’s your own flag, a bit weird if it’s someone else’s? And will you be wearing the Stars and Stripes on the fourth of July, or have all of these retailers started selling these items for some other reason altogether?

(Oh, and happy 4th of July, to those who celebrate it! How we wish we could join you in a day off…)

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