The Stylish ? Union Jack

What is England’s obsession with the Union Jack in Fashion?

The only place I’ve seen the Irish Tricolour on clothing, is in Carroll’s gift store, Ireland’s most famous. They have a few t-shirts, boxers and thongs. That’s it. And no offence to the buyers at Carroll’s, but the items are not particularly stylish..

This is the t-shirt you can get online if you want to wear the Irish Tricolour.



Or maybe some incredibly stylish socks? With 100% Irish embroidered on the side, just to prove how Irish you are.

On the other chest, the chest that wants to wear a Union Jack inspired t-shirt you have a nicely fit, easy on the eye, comfortable, quite stylish top. Subtle, yet still glaringly obvious that it’s England’s flag. It is worlds apart from the commical ‘in your face’ Irish t-shirt.



In London, for every piece of clothing you can think of, there’s a Union Jack  emblazoned version.

  • Hats
  • Scarves
  • Gloves
  • Bum bags (also known as fanny packs in the states(also known as the USA)!)
  • Socks
  • Shoes
  • Runners
  • Wellingtons
  • Slippers
  • Tights
  • Trousers
  • Skirts
  • Leggings
  • T-Shirts
  • Regular Shirts
  • Bikini’s
  • Ties
  • Jumpers
  • Shirts
  • Blazers
  • Waistcoats
  • Dressing Gowns
  • Coats
  • Sunglasses

Have I left anything out?

Oh yes, Dickie bows.

Why is there such a demand for union jack clothing?

Who wears all this Union Jack gear?

Why do some people regard it as ‘cool’.?

How come all countries don’t  flood their markets with national flag drenched materials?


Geri Halliwell launched a line of Union Jack Clothing for retailer Next, two weeks ago. Was she the one who started the craze 15 years ago when her and the rest of her Spice Girls took over the world for nearly a decade?

I’m sure she’s not embarrassed at all standing next to that picture.


Who’ll buy Geri’s range? Models? The likes shes pictured with above? I recently asked an English friend, ‘What’s the story with all the Union Jack clothing?’ ‘Chavs wear it don’t they.’

Chavs? But Kate Moss isn’t a chav….is she?


And what’s a chav? According to Wikipedia it’s a term that is used in the United Kingdom to describe a steriotype of teenagers and young adults from an underclass background. Hmmmm….


                                                                                                   Paloma Faith? A Chav?

The US do it too, but their stars and stripes all in one combo, are not considered as cool as the Union Jack…America does it slightly less than the UK. Why? Well Americans seems to do it because they like to think they look patriotic when they don their flag. The English seem to do it because they think they’re cool enough to get away with it. They seem cocky almost and do it with great confidence. And get away with it they do!


I can’t imagine wearing a t-shirt or skirt  or even just a pair of  Tricolour tights…unless it was saint Saint Patrick’s day.
For a long time the sight of the Union Jack, in any form irritated me, especially seeing it in Ireland. Years of having Irish oppression history drilled into me at school, triggered a nerve inside me when I would see the British flag. It has represented years of colonialism and suffering. That was until a while back when I realised most English people wearing their national flag, didn’t even know what had played out in many countries over many decades.  A lot don’t understand what actually took place. Now that I’m living in London, I realise they were never that in tune with the destruction their nation caused. The pain for people runs deep but people are willing to move on. Maybe it’s time for all to embrace this Union Jack?

If the Hoff is wearing his Red White and Navy. Then why not? (No wonder his girlfriend has rejected his marriage proposal five times!-doubtful it’s anything to do with the Union Jack leather jacket though!)

I imagine in English schools they were told how great a nation they were and maybe they were told, wear the union jack on whatever you can and be proud.

In Ireland, I don’t think anyone was filled with much confidence, at school, or anywhere else. Isn’t  that why most Irish drink so much. So is it that we just don’t have the balls to be decked out in green white and gold?


Is it that navy blue and red with white are more wearable than green white and gold?
Well judging by how fast colour trends come and go, surely Ireland’s National colours would be bang on trend at some point in time?

Sure nowadays in most countries you can wear what you want and nobody bats an eyelid.

But what reaction would I get in green white and gold striped tights? Would anyone notice?
And if they thought I was wearing the Irish Tricolour, what would they think? Is she trying to take the piss out of us English? Is she starting a trend?  Would they think where can I get myself a pair?  Would I look like I was being patriotic?
I guess who cares what they think? Since writing this article, I really want to road test wearing more of my national colours incorporated into my clothing. I’ve made it my mission to get a pair of  Tricolour tights and strut confidently down Oxford Street throwing one Green White and Gold leg in front of the other..but in a city full of  Union Jacks, where do I find a little pair of tights in green white and gold!? Maybe I need to give The Hoff a call?


2 thoughts on “The Stylish ? Union Jack”

  1. Hey Style angel, I have a couple of weddings coming up this summer to go to. Looking for some tips on what dresses styles or colours are in fashion at the moment? Any help appreciated, thanks

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