The American Flag

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Who doesn’t remember Geri Halliwell’s (Ginger Spice) infamous Union Jack flag dress? the dress became an iconic syymbol for “girl power” during the nineties and a representation of the Spice Girl. For many years we saw the union jack plastered onto bags, t-shirts, skirts and even foot apparel. However in the last year a new flag has begun to turn up on every t-shirt and backpack around town – The “Stars and Stripes”.

What is it about the American flag that has everyone wearing it? In general though, what is so appealing about a countries flag? Just as the Union Jack dress represented “girl power”, i couldn’t help but wonder what the history behind the American flag was. We’re people wearing it because they like the what it stood for or because they genuinely liked the way it looked on their body? Intrigued by this fascination  i looked up what the flag stood for the history behind it.

There is no philosophical meaning behind the flag however, according to wikipedia, the flag is made up of thirteen horizontal stripes, each representing the thirteen colonies that gained their independence from the United kingdom whilst the fifty stars represent the fifty states of America. The flag is sometimes called the “star spangled banner” and “old glory”. So if you didn’t know that about the flag, now you do.

I think the American flag is one of the “cooler” looking flags amongst the other flags of the world. When I think about the American flag I think independence, the land of promise, the American dream, celebrity and now a symbolism of pop culture. I think adding the flag to you outfit makes a bold statement and gives it character. the bright red and blue of the flag makes your outfit pop and o matter how small you “star spangled banner” maybe on your outfits, it is bound to draw attention.

Country flags have a way of popping up now and again and seem to rotate the title of “flag of the season” amongst themselves. During the world cup Superga, the Italian shoe brand, released a range of shoes had the flags of six countries printed on to them. Being patriotic, i genuninely liked the South African one the best, but amongst these flags were America, The United Kingdom, France, Italy and Jamaica.

Walking around my university campus over the last week, I could not help but notice the American flag everywhere. People’s backpacks, t-shirts, their converse shoes, I myself even donned my own American Flag bandanna as  a headband. Young people everywhere are embracing this trend, wether it be as simple accessory or even as a full on piece of clothing. This flag is no longer being found on a pole outside the White House. it’s online, on the streets and probably in your cupboard.

Confessions-of-a-glamaholic shares her opinion on the trend – check out what she has to say.

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