Though we Americans appear to be completely obsessed with fashion movements going on outside our borders (French style, anyone?), we too have a serious cool factor that can't be denied. One need only look to our past fondly to remember some of the best fashion statements (leather jackets, scuffed-up jeans, classic white T-shirts) and recognize that this country is actually a fashion powerhouse. Want to inject a little bit of this classic American cool into your own warm-weather look? Great, let's get started.
The Classic White T
Is there anything more classic American summer than a paper-thin T-shirt?
Prima Jersey Pocket Tee, $39.50 at J.Crew.
The Baseball Cap
So awesomely retro — with a modern feel.
Biltmore & Madewell Baseball Hat, $22 at Madewell.
The Woven Bag
You've bought this many times at local markets and thrift stores — and replenished once it broke — so it's time to invest.
Doug Johnston Hawla Bag, $270 at Need Supply Co.
The Short-Sleeved Button-Up
A real throwback with cool artsy appeal.
Front Row Shop Slim Fit Shirt with POP Print, $36.80 at Front Row Shop.
The Skinny Pant
Could pass for fancier black pants, that's for sure.
AG Adriano Goldschmied The Stilt Cigarette Jeans, $159 at Shopbop.
The Gingham Piece
Match the picnic blanket!
Line & Dot Ell Slip Dress, $110 at Nasty Gal.
This sheer modern take on the polo is really cool, not just for tennis players.
Rag & Bone Ellie Polo Sweater, $295 at Shopbop.
The Denim Shorts
Another must-have for summer, the more beaten up, the better.
Madewell Denim Boyshirts in Rip and Repair, $74.50 at Madewell.
The Only Sunglasses That Matter
Is there anything else?
Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Classic, $155 at Ray-Ban.
The Biker Jacket
For chilly nights when you want to impersonate James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause.
River Island Cropped Leather Look Biker Jacket, $114.32 at ASOS.
The Uber-Femme Skirt
Perfect for proper afternoon occasions — use this piece to dress up the polo.
Topshop Taffeta Picnic Midi Skirt, $190 at Topshop.
The White Sneakers
A major upgrade from Keds.
Whistles Daria White Leather Sneakers, $257.23 at ASOS.
The Short-Sleeved Sweater
Another cool throwback piece made modern.
Topshop Short Sleeve Fluffy Tee, $60 at Topshop.