Courage, conviction, commitment . . . would you have been brave enough to put your Jane Hancock on the Declaration of Independence, pitting yourself against the might and majesty of the British crown? It took a whole lotta moxy to make America, and that bold character is what we love about everything distinctively American, from bold reds, whites, and blues to skyscrapers, jazz, and the wild carefree whimsy of homegrown fashion designers like Betsey Johnson.
If you’re a fashionista at heart, you know that clothes create a feeling in you like nothing else can. Beyond sending a simple message, dressing well – and intentionally – exerts an almost mystical influence all around you. It says not only that you care about yourself, but that you carry a deep-seated respect for those in your presence, for beauty, for culture, and for the sheer joie de vivre and delight of adornment. You know that the sensuality of fabric, color, texture, and movement command attention and enjoyment in a well-lived life.
Show your spirit with America labels
Five decades ago, most American fashions were made here. After going almost completely abroad, garment-making has in recent years begun finding its way back to our shores. In honor of the Fourth and everything All American, we’re happy to pass along some label names you may want to tuck in your wardrobe that Ecouterre reports are home sewn on American shores.
• Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s line, The Row
• Marcus Wainwright and David Neville, Rag & Bone
• Oscar de la Renta
• Lela Rose
• J Brand
• Jason Wuhttp (Michele Obama wears)
What’s more American than denim? Jason Wu was just one designer brave enough to show denim on denim in his 2012 spring line. Here are some great tips on how to pull of this somewhat risky, very American look with style.
Inhale some red, white and true blue!
Dressing beautifully begins by setting the stage with wonderfully fragranced and richly nourished skin. Consider layering these red, white, and true-blue options from Vitabath under your next authentically Made in America fashion find: