Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Show you are TRUE. .to the RED WHITE and BLUE

Karen Nazor-Hill does it again with an outstanding article on the importance of showing patriotism on July 4th. Some of the HoTTest trends for summer feature the colors of our beloved flag. Check out what some have to say they will be rocking and why it's important on this day.

Whether it's combining red, white and blue separates or clothing decorated with stars and stripes, wearing the colors of the flag is a visual display of patriotism for the Fourth of July.

According to a National Retail Federation survey conducted by BIGinsight, more than 48 million Americans will purchase patriotic merchandise, including apparel, this year.

Former Miss Black Tennessee Lorean Mays said three generations of her family choose patriotic attire for the Fourth.

"We always go with the theme for Independence Day," she said. "I feel that it is important to show your patriotism on July Fourth, showing that we are united as one and most importantly showing that we believe in our country."

Typically, Mays pulls together red, white and blue pieces already in her wardrobe.

"I love white jeans and navy blazers," she said. "Red is usually a pop color for me with accessories, my belt or shoes."

Mays said she'll generally buy something new for her 4-year-old son, J.A. Heard, to wear. Red and blue are her favorite colors to dress him in, "so he has quite a bit in his wardrobe."

Misty Heinsman, of Chattanooga, said she, too, will pull patriotic colors out of her closet, perhaps accessorizing with something new, such as a scarf or hat, "and always cute sandals."

Heinsman said Target is a good source for themed T-shirts for daughter Ellie, 8. And husband Rich will also wear a red, white and blue T-shirt, she said.

Local artist Daniel Swanger said his choice of patriotic colors also shows his support for religious freedom.

"I'm wearing red, white and blue to St. Stephen's (Catholic) Church this weekend as our U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops proclaim 'Fortnight for Freedom' to protect religious liberty and be patriotic at the same time," he said.

Rossville resident Ann Dendy, a Realtor, said her church, Parkway Baptist Temple, celebrated the holiday Sunday by singing patriotic songs and swapping out their typical choir robes for red, white and blue clothing. Dendy said the church is also decorated for the holiday.

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