Union Flag fashion: yay or nay?

Religion Union Jack printed leggingsThat Geri Halliwell.  She has a lot to answer for.  For when she wore that Union Flag (it’s only a Union Jack when it’s at sea, apparently) dress, she spawned a thousand other garments bearing the motif.  Over fifteen years later designers are still producing items such as these leggings.

Red Carter Union Jack one pieceIf you want to show your allegiance to the crown at the pool or the beach, Red Carter  are selling this delightful one-piece at Shopbop.  (We have to admit that we are slightly baffled by this as Shopbop isn’t a British site…)

Will you be wearing Union Flag fashion to show your patriotism for the Royal Wedding this April?  (Just please don’t style the leggings as pants as ASOS have done here.)  If you will, the leggings are by Religion and cost £35 at ASOS, and the once piece is by Red Carter and is $150 at Shopbop.

20 Comments

  • March 28, 2011

    Lei

    I’m British, but I don’t think I would ever wear these. They’re cool and all, just not my style.

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  • March 28, 2011

    OhMyEyes

    The leggings are not bad. The swimsuit is a little cheesy.

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  • March 28, 2011

    k

    Too political. But then again, the target audience wouldn’t know anything about that anyway. Some don’t even realize that it’s a flag…

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  • March 28, 2011

    Liz in Paris

    I’m a Brit too and wouldn’t be seen dead in them. Here in Paris you see quite a few people wearing things like this but they’re never Brits! I agree with K – they prob don’t even know it’s a flag.

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  • March 28, 2011

    Jaynie

    As far as flag-based clothing goes, it’s better than the stars and stripes, I think. (And at least your flag doesn’t look inherently silly on clothing, says the Canadian). Smaller/distressed flags seem to be incorporated into a lot of punk looks, too. These examples are a little…loud, though.

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  • March 28, 2011

    Tor

    I like the leggings, but not the swimsuit. I’m OK with union jacks, I think they can be pretty – the only flag-themed piece of clothing I have is a union jack tote bag, though.

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  • March 28, 2011

    Dani

    I wouldn’t wear it if you paid me! I live in Kentucky, and around here, the lookalike ‘Confederate Flag’ is commonly seen on hillbillies… a group of people I don’t care to dress like or associate with.

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  • March 28, 2011

    Aleutie

    Totally yay! But I live in Quebec and just LOVE to get beaten up.

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  • March 29, 2011

    andrew

    ok the leggings are way hott. not feelin the one piece so much though. I can see this pattern coming back big though. if I were to design a swim suit like that, I’d keep the pattern, but switch up the colors. use a more vibrant blue that really pops on the beach, maybe some yellow or green

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  • March 29, 2011

    Alison

    I think a lot of Union Jack clothing is cute, but I’d feel like a phony wearing it, since I’m not British. I’ll just stick with my “Canada kicks ass” t-shirt instead.

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  • March 29, 2011

    Rachel

    I’m not in love with the leggings at all, but I have no objection to the togs. Where I live in Australia, flag and other Australian themed togs are quite popular.

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  • March 29, 2011

    Lauren

    The leggings aren’t horrible but that bathing suit is a travesty.

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  • March 29, 2011

    Minx

    The leggings outfit is actually quite adorable, especially on that model . The swimsuit is sadly a fail however.

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  • March 30, 2011

    Anna

    The leggings are cute, but I’m not liking the swimsuit. I’m cool with Union Flag fashion, but seeing as I’m not a Brit, I’d feel fake wearing it. Also, I see nothing wrong with flag fashion in general. If there was cute American flag clothing, I’d wear it, but all of it seems to be tacky and horrible. Oh well. Nowadays, if I went out in stars and stripes I’d probably get things thrown at me anyway.

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  • March 30, 2011

    Kota

    Since I’m an American, I’d likely never wear a Union Jack (or Flag, whichever you prefer) on anything, unless it was a really cute souvenir or something.

    With the British flag, you can make some pretty cute clothing (those in the pictures, not so much). It has a nice centered design that makes it easy to incorporate into many different types of clothing.

    With the American flag, the design (while quite pretty) is just not good for clothing. That means finding cute styles with the Stars and Stripes motif is difficult without looking like someone who just stepped out of a Fourth of July catalog (and those are the subtle ones).

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  • April 3, 2011

    Lexa

    I completely agree with my fellow Canadian/Quebecois here. I love the British flag, but not something that’s possible when living so close to Quebec! The Canadian flag does look silly on clothing 🙁

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  • April 3, 2011

    Meg

    I see so many people in the U.S. wearing the Brit flag. Like Kota said, it’s a design that works well for clothing. I also think its the appeal, it’s a faraway place that people are obsessed with whether they’ve been there or not.

    British celebs and shows are getting more and more popular over here, like being British is almost a trend. So I guess naturally if you’re drooling over Russel Brand, watching the Mighty Boosh and Googling the hell out of Kate Middleton you probably want a Union Jack shift dress to show your newfound British pride.

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  • April 11, 2011

    Meryl

    Anyone else notice the swimsuit has two extra white lines around the waist that shouldn’t be there?

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  • August 19, 2011

    sweet buffet

    lol- someone is loving the brits-
    would be embarrassing to wear the union jack to the swimming pool i think people will think im crazy …lol

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  • May 18, 2012

    Katharine

    I am a Brit, too, but I don’t think I’d wear any of these items. I have no problem with the Union Flag, but these leggings look really silly. The one-piece, well, I don’t like one-pieces for lounging at the pool/beach (too hot), and this doesn’t look like it’s suitable for swimming (strapless!) either.

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