With Memorial Day right around the corner, I have been thinking about Summer, Americana style and trends.
As a stylist and owner of a women’s fashion boutique, I think of Americana as red, white and blue; or maybe a nod from a particular decade or our history. To me personally, Americana is an expression of our American heritage and our diverse cultures. With the diversity of our great Nation's people and backgrounds, Americana becomes broader to embrace the different flavor of personal culture. Having said that, shouldn't Americana fashion be more than just the colors and symbols of our beautiful, esteemed flag?
One of my favorite Americana influences is Native American fashion. I adore turquoise, the colorful embroidery, the leather and silver work, and the color palattes of the earth. These influences may not shout patriotic holiday, but they indeed are part of our American story.
“Modern preppy” and some of the basics too are unique to America. Think Ivy League style, an east coast vibe, and weekends in the Hamptons or the Vineyard. Checks, chain-prints, colorful pants, blazers, slip-ons, and loafers this season continue to be modern and relevant to the fashion scene. Throw this easy look together with denim or a new crop pant, tie a sweater around your neck and you are always set for the holiday weekend.
Americana may include red, white, and blue, or it may be just one or two. White or bone white, monochromatic tones (maybe blue on blue), a fresh tie-dye pattern in a sweater, or a pop of brick or flag red — this season’s freshness comes from a modern twist reflecting idealism, a hope, pride, and optimism.
What will I be wearing for the holiday weekend…my golf clothes and a favorite look of mine: jeans (so American), a natural loosely woven sweater, and a pair of easy slip-ons with the new animal print detail or patterned toe panel. Add on the turquoise earrings and bracelets, and the look is complete. You see, I never liked dressing in red, white, and blue; too much of a costume for me, but I will still feel very American! Thank you to all those who have served and continue to serve our country today in the front lines. We fashionably salute you!