“THE AVERAGE AMERICAN GIRL POSSESSES THE VALUABLE QUALITIES OF NATURALNESS, HONESTY, AND INOFFENSIVE STRAIGHTFORWARDNESS; SHE IS NEARLY BARREN OF TROUBLESOME CONVENTIONS AND ARTIFICIALITIES; CONSEQUENTLY, HER PRESENCE AND WAYS ARE UNEMBARRASSING.” - MARK TWAIN
“SHE BEHAVES AS IF SHE WAS BEAUTIFUL. MOST AMERICAN WOMEN DO. IT IS THE SECRET OF THEIR CHARM.” - OSCAR WILDE
“WHILE YOU HAVE TO BE NATURAL, YOU ALSO HAVE TO BE DIFFERENT. IF, THAT IS, YOU WANT TO MAKE AN IMPACT” - SLIM KEITH
“I DON’T MIND LIVING IN A MAN’S WORLD, AS LONG AS I CAN BE A WOMAN IN IT” - MARILYN MONROE
So I’m working on this this thing for work right now that relates to defining American Style. Since I’m a narcissist, it’s impossible to define American style before I look within and ask how I perceive American Style for myself.
Lauren Hutton on a motorcycle with Robert Redford feels like a good starting point.
As much as fashion loves chic Parisians and romantic Italians and exotic, uncharted lands…there’s something incredibly inspiring about iconic and classic American pieces. What makes our style unique, as American women, is that we can be just as comfortable and just as feminine in a pair of jeans and sneakers as we can in heels and lipstick. And I think once we understand and harness that understated simplicity, our confidence and style are born.
Diane Keaton in Annie Hall
Amanda Brooks, the previous Fashion Director of Barney’s New York
Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw
J Crew model Michelle Ouellette
5. Gap Jeans