We're calling this one: Sartorial Stars & Stripes.
So we’ll be the first to admit it—though we may be pictures of immaculate sh*t-togetherness now (kidding, we can hear our moms laughing from here), trips back in time through throwback Facebook albums elicit our fair share of panic-untags.
The boxed-blonde streaks phase (maybe she’s born with it, but *we* certainly weren't). The ever-present Abercrombie moose. The acid-wash denim descending into isosceles triangles over Baby Phat shoes. And—perhaps worst of all—regrettable Americana.
Luckily, we’ve acquired a few all-American style icons over the years who do red, white and blue up right (read: shorts that cover the derriere! Sequins left at home! Having the foresight to say no to keg stands!).
In honor of the Fourth of July, we whipped up a star-spangled wish list inspired by their inimitable shopping habits—accessorized with a few illustrations of their likeness, à la Presidential Portrait gallery. Equally as patriotic, in our humble opinion—just fewer miniature spectacles and thinking poses and more classic chambray and Rouge Volupté.
The meteoric #GirlBoss success story. The whole prep school-made-cool thing that has us buying approximately 1,000 J.Crew button-ups. The Girls cameo. Jenna Lyons is the American dream (and don’t you dare tell us otherwise)—and now that she's no longer at J.Crew, we're even more excited to see where her style goes. Our Lyons-inspired purchases include such not-so-literal patriotism as true-blue chambray topped off with an almost-red lip.
In the words of great wordsmith Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. (a.k.a. Lil Wayne), God bless Amerika.
— Chelsey Burnside