In addition to hitting up some amazing online sales this Fourth of July, consider helping out the country that brought you this great holiday and shop American-made. These five designers make the pieces you need to fill out your mid-summer wardrobe. Check them out:
Easy button-down shirts: Tradlands
When it comes to finding the best button-down, there can be a myriad of problems: It’s too sheer, too short or, for some of us, there’s the constant possibility your bra will peek through the front of your shirt. But Tradlands has come up with a solution: They’ve added an extra button down the front placket to eliminate the “boob gap.” And, that placket is slightly wider than usual, creating a bigger and better anchor for the buttons without sacrificing a streamlined fit.
If that’s not enough to sell you on the line, they’re sewn here in the U.S., and they’re upfront about where their fabrics come from. “All of our fabrics are sourced locally or from Italy, Ireland, Canada or Japan if we can’t source specific fabrics in the U.S.,” says Sadie Roberts, the founder of the brand. “We work directly with those mills and it is always noted on the product pages. In the US, there are not many working mills to create all ranges of fabrics. The hardest side of manufacturing in a conscious, ethical way is making sure your fabrics are coming from a great place and that the quality is consistent. It’s a huge part of the overall integrity of a piece of clothing and it’s really important to our process. Our fabrics are all-natural fabrics – mostly cotton, Tencel, and Modal, and we do not use any known toxic dyes in our process.”
The Aggie short-sleeve shirt, $129; tradlands.com
The Quinn shirt in Grey Organic Cotton, $179; tradlands.com
The Lakeland shirtdress, $197; tradlands.com
Girly separates: Show Me Your MuMu
After they got tired of skintight going-out attire, college pals Cammy Hebert Miller and Cologne Schmidt Trude created a line of flouncy yet flattering super-short minidresses they considered the modern muumuu. They’ve got literally hundreds of different items on their site — dresses, bell bottoms, denim, swimsuits and more– made in their factory in downtown Los Angeles. And attention all boho brides: Their extensive wedding collection launched last fall with tons of bridesmaids options in their proprietary prints (don’t worry, they come in solids too!) and adorable getting-ready garb.
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King crop top in Starry Eyed, $96; showmeyourmumu.com
Wyoming high waisted shorts in Surf, $96; showmeyourmumu.com
Carlos swing shorts in Starry Eyed, $96; showmeyourmumu.com
Topanga tank one piece suit in Spangled Stripe, $138; showmeyourmumu.com
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Perfect jeans: Industry Standard
Want American-made jeans with a little French sophistication? The brand’s California-born founder Nicole Najafi worked in Paris for Lanvin and Yves Saint Laurent and was the head of e-commerce for Balenciaga before starting Industry Standard in 2014. She’s created a collection of just four classic cuts: A close-cut boyfriend, a midrise white jean, a midrise skinny and a high rise skinny, all of which are distinctly un-distressed. The brand is only available online, so to find out your size, they’ve added a “what size am I?” button on each product page to help you get the perfect fit. All fabrics are sourced from the Cone Denim mill in North Carolina, and the jeans are made in Los Angeles.
Courtesy Industry Standard
Beach-worthy accessories: Erin Dana
Husband and wife team Erin and Abe Lichy founded Erin Dana in 2014. With crochet, burlap and whipstitch detail, their pieces have an Americana vibe but are still on-trend (we love their leather chokers!). Materials are sourced locally and they produce every piece in-house in their New York City office, and they launch new products online each month. And almost everything they design can be personalized.
Courtesy Erin Dana
Sassy swimwear: Giejo
Former fashion publicist Gabby Sabharwal has been making high-waisted bikinis since she launched in 2011, before Taylor Swift popularized the silhouette. Her designs have made it mainstream since then, thanks to collaborations with Madewell and Rebecca Taylor. All of Sabharwal’s pieces are sourced locally in New York City’s Garment District and produced in New Jersey. And by the way, they’re having a killer 4th of July sale: Everything on the site is 50% off!
Tell us: What are you shopping for this Fourth of July? Will you try any of these brands?