Red, white and blue

Trendsetters are earning their fashion stars and stripes on both sides of the Atlantic.

Britain’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and America’s upcoming Fourth of July parties have inspired a raft of red, white and blue designs.

Her Majesty wore a white bouclé coat by Angela Kelly while Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, donned  a bright red Alexander McQueen number and the blue was provided by the men’s military uniforms during the Jubilee boat parade.

The occasion has sparked a surge in demand for patriotic colours on both sides of the Pond. And with Independence Day and the Olympics still to come, the colour trio is expected to continue its fashion reign of popularity.

Singer Katie Perry brought her patriotic spirit to New York’s Fleet Week, sparkling in an American flag-style dress, for a special concert for troops.

The pop star sported a satin frock which looked like an asymmetric mini dress at first glance but transformed into the Star-Spangled Banner as she stuck her arm out on the red carpet, performing a salute for good measure.

She isn’t the only one struck by patriotism though and the trend for American-themed clothing is currently sweeping the US and UK.

Online retailer Shelikes says it has experienced a surge in demand for clothing featuring the American flag, such as hot pants, maxi dresses, leggings and printed t-shirts.

Nick Puri, managing director of Shelikes, said: “Our latest American flag clothing will ensure women all over the UK can remain bang on trend without overspending.”

And major events of the year so far have seen women don red, white and blue in a nod to the summer of celebrations with ladies at the Royal Ascot race meet favouring the colour palette.

It seems just about every fashion label has taken either the Union Jack or Stars and Stripes trend and given it a twist.

Nasty Gal has launched its Star Struck collection, which includes a denim jacket with stars and stripes on the back while Top Shop, loved on both sides of the Atlantic by celebrities, has an American Flag bralet, which combines three trends in one – patriotism, crop tops and sportswear.

Henry Holland has added his quirky style to Pretty Polly’s tights with a pair of stars and stripes legwear, available from asos, perfect for when you want to wear your denim cut off shorts but the weather isn’t great.

But, if you do want to wear the red, white and blue trend without looking like you should be waving from a flagpole, then there are ways to do it more subtly. Try wearing the colours as separates – a pair of red skinny jeans matched with sleeveless denim shirt and white brogues maybe or a navy dress teamed with white cardigan and red wedges. Warehouse has a red and white striped t-shirt which would look great paired with blue jeans or shorts.

Whichever way you choose to wear the trend, you can be sure there are plenty of events this summer to show off your patriotic side.

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