The Dos and Don’ts of Patriotic Wear

It may be hard to believe, but it’s that time of year again where Fourth of July slaps you in the face and makes you wonder where the first half of the year has gone. For us Americans, Independence Dy is a day off – an excuse to eat as many hot dogs and hamburgers and potato salad and corn and anything else we can stuff in our faces all in the name of ‘Merica. It’s also a time where people show their patriotism by wearing the US flag in any way possible.

But here’s a fact I didn’t know until this year: technically any article of clothing with the flag printed on it is actually a flag. Like it should be treated the same as a real flag.

According to the Flag Code, a flag is anything “by which the average person seeing the same without deliberation may believe the same to represent the flag.”

So, that Old Navy shirt that you get every year (I really hope you still don’t do that as an adult) is against the Flag Code. Here are some other items that break the code – and all rules of fashion – plus some handy alternatives to reppin the country with pride.


For you retro-y beach types


Sport a onesie in public. That goes for every day of the year. Apparently this costs $200. Freedom isn’t free, y’all.


Wear this adorbs dress that I now want from ShopBop


Don’t look like you’re one of the American Gladiator women that’s out for a night on the town but still wants people to recognize her as ‘Zap’


remember: the sun never sets on an (american) badass


i mean can you even properly see or operate a vehicle with these on?


Lobstah Americana! {via Classy Girls Wear Pearls)


Perpetuate the idea that Americans dress slutty


Because you’re a grown ass woman, you have to be classy {via Wear It, Work It}


Because you’re a grown ass woman and not a trashy sailor


Don’t worry, didn’t forget about men. Be a GQ mofo.


Don’t look like a douche


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