For style as American as you can get, reach for some down-home denim this summer
Though it hasn’t been in the U.S. as long as the star-spangled banner itself, denim has enjoyed a history almost as patriotic and richly engrained in the American identity. These days, denim is almost synonymous with American fashion, gracing our runways, flooding our cities, and being re-invented and re-designed into new colors, washes, and cuts regularly. For the Fourth of July, start your day in denim cut-offs and a fun flag-printed top, but finish off the cooler evening in some long white jeans and a striped sweater. Whether you’re wearing them to celebrate Independence Day, or you reach for them as your go-to pants on the weekend, wear your national fabric proudly this summer.
Mixology (100 Main St., Southampton; 148 Main St., Westhampton Beach)
Sleek boutique Mixology features haute denim designs at affordable prices. One of their denim lines, Flying Monkey, features all the latest on-trend styles, from distressed washes to a signature flare cut. Proudly made in L.A., Flying Monkey products support its team of local U.S. designers, and the local inspiration comes through in their unique designs. Choose your favorite wash from many shades of blue— from slimming dark wash jeans to wear out at night, to funky lighter washes for a more playful daytime look. Prices range from $50 to $100, so you can pick up multiple pairs!
LF (66 Newtown Ln. #205, East Hampton; 87 Main St., Southampton)
LF brings California trends to the NYC denim market, so their curated options tend toward a more fashion-forward vibe. Their Los-Angeles-made Carmar denim line features fun fringed styles to super teeny jean shorts that are downright cheeky. No mom jeans here—but you will find great variety, from cute mini-skirts to a chambray lace-up dress. Bringing eclectic style from sea to shining sea, this beachy brand shows its bi-coastal appeal. With this many options, it’s easy to live up to LF’s mantra: “Be unique, Be Yourself,” even while wearing one of the most common fabrics on the market. Pose as your favorite pin-up in the Dorian, a high-rise fitted short with 6 buttons and a vintage sass to them.
Gap (2044 Montauk Hwy., Bridgehampton)
Gap is known for their variety, and their denim collection doesn’t disappoint. Featuring a whole array of styles, the store curates all the perfect pairings to top your denim selection as well. The options are endless with the STRETCH 1969, a skinny white stretch jean that you’ll wear everywhere. Top with a chunky sweater, or wear out with a silky top. Gap launched in in San Francisco in 1969—the heart and heyday of all things denim, keeping it American through and through.
J.Crew (14 Main St., East Hampton; 84b Main St., Southampton)
J.Crew has created quite the denim empire in the last few years, expanding their offerings and styles to reach a versatile and fashionable demographic. The Point Sur sailor jean is a sophisticated white edition, with sailor- inspired vintage details and a flattering flared leg. For another way to wear denim, the Denim Jacket in Tyler Wash has just the right amount of distressing to look worn in, with a multi-pocket design and brass buttons that still make it look finished. The best part? Both designs were made right here in theU.S.A. For a large retailer like J.Crew, that commitment to American production makes us even more proud of our nationality.