Made in the USA

Wear your patriotism on your sleeve

Published: July 7 2013 | 1:15 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 4:56 am in
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Uncle Sam may not have been the most fashionable fellow. Stars? Maybe. Stripes? Definitely. Together? We’ll pass.

As Independence Day celebrations wrap up this weekend, there’s still a way to wear your pride on your, er, sleeve without decking yourself in red, white and blue — look at the label.

Support American designers and artists by buying and wearing apparel and accessories made in the United States.

It’s not too late to try one of this summer’s crop of trends — maxi dresses and skirts in soft florals, mint and coral hues or harsher metallics and contrasting black and white.

Find many American-made options that marry these seasonal trends — a maxi dress in black and white stripes by Velvet, a pleated floral dress by Three Dots and a sea foam blue tee by Prana — at JOY Boutique in Marion.

Stay on top of Eastern Iowa’s ever-changing weather and fashion trends by layering staple pieces with these of-the-moment looks.

For example, a Michael Stars cami and cardigan pairs well with William Rast jeans for a stroll through the farmers market. At night, the same coral cardigan works well with a maxi dress for an outdoor concert or evening picnic in the park.

Correspondent Ashly Lagneaux contributed to this report. Clothes from JOY Boutique in Marion. Model: Anne Winterson. Makeup artist and hair stylist: Blakeney Kehler. Photo assistants: Kaitlyn Bernauer and Dawn Lively. Photographed at Mcwane Dairy Queen in Iowa City.

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