Patriotic Fashion: Respectful or Reprehensible?

American Flag ShirtIt's an election year, which means that you can expect to see patriotic shirts, shoes, and accessories on the streets.

I spent a day on the campaign trail Tuesday and American flag shirt spottings were plentiful.

Obviously, plenty of Americans think this kind of clothing shows a love for their country. Others, though, think this kind of patriotic gear is a horrible idea. Check out what one of my readers had to say:


I may be in the minority, but I feel that American flag clothing is quite un-American and disrespectful. Unless you're a pole dancer, then I give you a buy for keeping it on the pole.

Funny, right? And yet, she had a point. If we're taught to show such great respect for the American flag, should we really be wearing it as a shirt?

American Flag SweaterOr a sweater?


TargetOr paint-splattered boots from Target?


Violent LipsOr a temporary lip tattoo?


Rosie Huntington-WhiteleyAnd if you wear patriotic clothes, do you have an obligation to look sort of ... respectful in them? Here, supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is sporting a $229 American Flag Sweater -- and a whole lotta torso to go with it.

These are the questions that I need answers to, people.

What do you think?

Images via Lindsay Ferrier Target, Violent Lips, Shop the Trend Boutique

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