Maybe it’s the upcoming Summer 2012 Olympic Games—or the fact that all-American designer Ralph Lauren has created the closing-ceremony uniforms for our athletes—but fashion is having a moment with all things red, white, and blue. From denim shorts to flag-embellished tank tops, this summer's looks are all about showing off your patriotic style. Check out some of our favorite pieces inspired by classic Americana.
A flirty tri-color striped bikini by Shoshanna (pictured, above) is perfect for a bit of poolside fun.
Get it: Top, $92, and bottom, $85, Blush, 1411 Larimer St., #102, 303-399-7779, shop-blush.com
A summer essential across the country since the early 1970s, cut-off shorts are as American as it gets. Genetic Denim keeps the look sexy, but flattering with its denim Cuffed Turner short (pictured, left).
Get it: $165, Dragonfly, 3615 W. 32nd Ave., 303-433-6331
MZ Wallace’s killer combo of modern shapes, clean hardware, and functionality (lots of pockets!) makes these Teflon-coated nylon bags a NYC fashion staple. Look chic carrying the lightweight Bianca (pictured, right)—a rounded version of the classic bucket-shape tote—that can be hand-held or worn cross-body.
Get it: $375, Kismet, 3640 W. 32nd Ave., 303-477-3378, kismetaccessories.com
Espadrilles may hail from the Pyrenees, but Banana Republic has Americanized this summer trend with the Vierra. Whether it’s in red or blue (pictured, left; it's also available in black and khaki), we like the woven cotton crisscross bands paired with a stylish wedge heel.
Get it: $79, bananarepublic.gap.com