As the Fourth of July is upon us, we’re thinking about all things American: cheeseburgers, hot dogs, baseball—and fashion. While Paris sometimes gets all the credit for being the center of the fashion universe, America can hold her own when it comes to producing tons of style icons over the years.
To celebrate American fashion at its greatest, we’re taking a look back at the most iconic muses our great nation has to offer. Scroll down to see our 12 favourite American fashion icons of all time!
From her ultra-witty sense of humour to her menswear-inspired wardrobe, Keaton has been a mainstay of American fashion since the 1977 Woody Allen-directed classic Annie Hall inspired women everywhere to buy their first tie.
We would be remiss not to include SJP on this list—the woman who invented Carrie Bradshaw has also proven time and time again that her sense of style in her real life is just as poignant.
The First Lady to beat all First Ladies is also the American style icon to beat all American style icons. Her ability to put together the ultimate in timeless, sleek outfits is still unrivalled—and she had women everywhere clamoring to get their hands on a pillbox hat as soon as she first stepped out wearing one
Not since Jackie Kennedy has a First Lady been so beloved for her sense of style. Mrs. Obama is regularly dressed by every American brand from Jason Wu to J.Crew, and she pulls off every look from modern to classic with the greatest of ease.
Love her or hate her, there’s no denying that Lady Gaga is a bona fide American fashion icon. From the time she burst onto the pop music scene, designer brands from Alexander McQueen (pictured) to Mugler to Iris Van Herpen has clamored to dress her.
The legendary’s actress’ sense of masculine-infused style made her the Coco Chanel of America—minus the designing, of course. She loved to wear a well-fitting pansuit, embraced modern details like oversized belts, and her predilection for a blocky silhouette all made huge impacts on the American fashion world.
The pixie who won everyone’s hearts as film director Tim Burton’s main muse in the ‘80s also became a fashion mainstay over the years. She can pull off an LBD like no other, and regularly sits front row at Marc Jacobs’ runway shows.
The lead singer of The Supremes made a strong case for feather boas, tons of sequins, and skin-tight body con dresses when she burst onto the scene in the ‘60s.
The creative director of J.Crew has crafted an entire aesthetic based on the super-sleek menswear-inspired looks she prefers. From a good tuxedo jacket to a well-fitting trouser to her signature oversized spectacles, she’s turned herself into an icon in a matter of only a few years.
The actress who was immeasurably sultry—her deep, husky voice is instantly recognisable—allowed that sex appeal to subtly bleed into her fashion sense. She managed to pull off plunging, cutout satin dresses without ever looking like she tried too hard.
The twins who started off as child actors on Full House took their fame and channeled it into an incredibly successful career in fashion. As the creative minds behind the CFDA-winning brand The Row, they’ve made understated, mysterious style statements a predominant form of American dressing.