American Style Made Easy

Style is effortless when you break it down. So far, we’ve looked at the French Way of Dressing, British style elements, and how to get a Scandinavian look. Today we decode good old American style.

The world’s powerhouse nation, home to blue jeans and pop music, has also become its iconic style brand. Sporty, sleek, cool, American fashion is about taking an athletic sensibility and giving it a glam twist. Perfect for those who love to look polished but still have a sense of fun about their look, consider it a grown-up spin on tomboy chic.

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Here’s what’s involved in getting your version of oh-so-sporty American style!

American Styles include:

Sleek Silhouettes

Part of acing the sporty look? Choosing streamlined shapes like blouses, pencil skirts, and fitted, tapered trousers instead of whole, flowy silhouettes. Smart tailoring creates a less-literal sporty vibe that makes your look decidedly American.

Practical Pieces

Cross-body bags and utilitarian flats are calling cards of American style because they are efficient. This usefulness adds edge and go-anywhere freedom to your look. Try to choose pieces that are a marriage of sleek looks and practicality to look authentically American- after all, it’s all about that athletic sensibility!



Literal Details

Sporty elements like exposed zippers and mesh, stripes, and so on add a sense of fun to classic shapes, so don’t shy away! A t-shirt with mesh sleeves can be a great way to up your fashion ante, while dress pants with a stripe down the leg are a perfect choice for the aspiring-American fashionista.

Add a note of “American Heritage.”

An undercurrent of preppiness flows through American fashion. Style in the U.S. is fun, so why not play with traditional items of the country-club set? Experiment with polos, pearls, canvas sneakers, and jeans to create your homage to the roots of American fashion. Just make sure to counter each of these items with two more modern pieces to avoid looking costumey!

Be a Modern Millie

If there’s any country in this series that looks modern in focus, it’s America. To look like you are wearing the latest American fashion, don’t be afraid to experiment with bold colors, mixed metals, and stripes. Mixing some of these modern elements into your look, you’ll blend in on the streets of New York in no time!

There you have it! To sum up, a nation as diverse as America can be tricky, but a sense of boldness, a love of crisp lines, and lots of athletic details neatly sum up American Fashion Design.

Famous American Fashion brands: Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, JCrew, DVF, Caroline Hererra, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, Tom Ford, and Alexander Wang, to name a few.

This article is from stylist Morgan Mullin.

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