Can you put together an entire American-made summer outfit? This outfit includes clothing, accessories and shoes. Imagine, add nothing to your outfit constructed outside the United States.
After all, purchasing American-made products is a priority for you; we know. Additionally, Bullet Blues also knows the challenge is daunting with so many inexpensive, foreign products available.
We at Bullet Blues, however, accept the challenge. Let’s purchase long-lasting, quality items made in the United States. And, we want to share with you some secrets. For example, this blog is a recipe for is creating a cool, summer outfit, while supporting American workers.
Even big apparel companies are moving manufacturing stateside. According to a February, 2015 Forbes’ article, “Why Brooks Brothers and Brothers and Other Apparel Companies are Moving Manufacturing Back Home,” Brooks Brothers manufactures 10 percent of its shirts in North Carolina. In addition, seventy percent of Brooks Brothers’ suits are made here, while 100 percent of all Brooks Brothers’ ties are created in New York.
Follow our lead, and you will be stylishly dressed from head-to-toe in quality, American-made products.
Let’s start with a classic and simple American-made outfit. Look at our inspiration photo of Meghan Markle. She is showing the Brits how to look elegant with classic pieces.
One American-made summer outfit: White button-down shirt
Wearing a white button-down from anywhere but the United States just feels wrong, right? Make it fitted for extra punch.
Michael Stars’ Ruffle Button-Up-Shirt has a more feminine version of the classic, white button-down with ruffles in a light-weight gauzy material. The top comes in two other colors.
Meghan, however, wears a boxier, somewhat masculine version of the button-down. For a more traditional men’s button-down, though, consider the ‘Bullet Blues’ Men’s Chambray Shirt,’ pictured below.
One American-made summer outfit: Bullet Blues ‘Fox Ciel’ skinnies
Because a light-wash, skinny denim is flattering on everyone. It’s a cool, American-made match to Markle’s outfit. Try ‘Bullet Blues Fox Ciel designer jeans,’ 100 percent made in the USA. If you are shorter and thicker in the thighs/rear, instead look for a heeled shoe to give you height. This will lengthen your silhouette.
One American-made summer outfit: Shoes
Meghan adds a pop of color with some red flats. You can follow “suit” with these ‘Red Nouveau Sandals by SAS in Alfa Red.’
“SAS” stands for San Antonio Shoemakers. In 1976, two shoemakers, Terry Armstrong and Lew Hayden, decided to bring shoemaking home, just as other companies were outsourcing abroad. The company offers men’s and women’s shoes designed for comfort and style.
One American-made summer outfit: Accessories
Meghan carries a large, tan-leather tote in our inspiration outfit. We’ve opted for Shinola’s American-made, American-leather ‘Small Birdy Hobo’ bag in a similar bourbon leather. Shinola is a little-known, Detroit-based company dedicated to creating American jobs. The company creates watches, bikes and handbags. The Shinola website also features stories about American workers, artists and companies.
We look to the Southern Highland Craft Guild for American-made jewelry. Meghan wears a delicate gold bracelet and small earrings. And, since we don’t have an English prince on our arm, a little more texture and color will give our American-made outfit some panache. These delicate, beaded, gold hoops (by Susan McDonough) and riveted, brass bangles (by Julie Merrill) are made in North Carolina. The ‘Pink Tourmaline Cabochon Necklace,’ also by North Carolina’s Susan McDonough, is splurge-worthy.
Finally, Randolph manufactures guaranteed-for-life, American-made sunglasses in Massachusetts. Since 1970, these highly-acclaimed, quality spectacles have been created for military leaders and celebrities alike. Nevertheless, while the style is a little different than Meghan’s pictured glasses, no one can miss with the ‘P3’ round or classic Aviator looks.