21 Throwback Patriotic Fashion Moments, From Rihanna to Paris Hilton

When you open your Instagram this Fourth of July, chances are that you’ll see plenty of starred and striped clothing that really runs the gamut, from itty bikinis to those classic Old Navy t-shirts. After all, what better way to show your American pride than by wearing it emblazoned across your chest? And it’s not just your Uncle Ted or that girl from high-school who know it; for years, celebrities have been wearing the American flag onstage and off, in a number of varied sartorial tributes to the land of the free. There’s been matching performance gear on the ladies of Destiny’s Child, flag-decorated sweatshirts on Gigi Hadid, and plenty of kitschy stage ensembles from Katy Perry, just to name a few. Still looking for your outfit for the Fourth? Here, get some fashion inspiration from the past.

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Rihanna and Justin Bieber attend the Island Def Jam Spring Collection party at Stephen Weiss Studio on May 20, 2009 in New York City.


Justin Timberlake of *NSYNC performs at the United We Stand Concert on October 21, 2001.

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Halle Berry attends a photocall for Swordfish on September 1, 2001.

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Meryl Streep attends a photocall promoting the new film ‘Doubt’ on January 19, 2009 in Paris, France.

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Hilary Duff attends the Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Los Angeles Premiere on December 9, 2001.

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Kate Bosworth attends the Chanel Rouge Coco Dinner at The Mark Hotel on February 9, 2010 in New York City.


Gwen Stefani attends the 2001 Teen Choice Awards Universal Amphitheater in Universal City, California, United States on August 12, 2001.

Gregg DeGuire

Reba McEntire in the press room at the 28th Annual People’s Choice Awards on January 13, 2002.


Brian Littrell of the Backstreet Boys performs during United We Stand Concert Show at RFK Stadium in Washington DC on October 12, 2001.


Destiny’s Child during United We Stand Concert in Washington DC on October 12, 2001.

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Paris Hilton attends the opening of Sunset Marquis Oasis on March 21, 2003.

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Amber Valletta attends the 3rd Annual Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, New York, on May 6, 2004.

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Ke$ha attends the second day of LACOSTE L!VE With HTC Host A Desert Pool Party In Celebration Of Coachella 2011 on April 17, 2011.

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Carrie Underwood performs at LP Field during the 2012 CMA Music Festival on June 8, 2012.


Zooey Deschanel walks on the field for the Star Spangled Banner prior to Game Four of the MLB World Series on October 23, 2011.

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Katy Perry performs during the 2013 Kids’ Inaugural: Our Children, Our Future on January 19, 2013.

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Mariah Carey during a screening of “Glitter” at Mann’s Village Westwood Theater in Westwood, California on September 20, 2001.

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Kacey Musgraves performs at the Stagecoach Country music festival at The Empire Polo Club on April 24, 2015.

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Heidi Klum seen out in Manhattan on June 26, 2018.

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Kendall Jenner seen on the streets of Manhattan on May 22, 2018.

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Gigi Hadid attends the Capsule Collection ‘Tommy X Gigi’ Spring 2017 on February 28, 2017.