Despite federal code flag fashions are popular

every fourth of July the American flag is unfurled and waved proudly and it's also worn as a fashionable item of clothing but here's something to ponder during Independence Day festivities according to a United States Code for respect for the flag we're not actually allowed to wear the Stars and Stripes the code reads the flag should never be used as wearing apparel bedding or drapery it goes on to say the flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever and no part of the fly should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform so where's the flag Patrol not to worry says mark leaps an author of flag and American biography he says you're going to have to look at it as a series of guidelines there's no flag police no one's going to get arrested that may be good news for Nike which got in hot water recently over at shoes featuring an early American flag design by Betsy Ross Colin Kaepernick who famously kneeled during the national anthem to protest police brutality in form Nike the flight was a slave era symbol that's been co-opted by white supremacist groups Nike pulled the shoes but then faced a backlash from conservatives but Old Glory remains a ubiquitous fashion statement in fact Rachel Bennett creative director at the donnager group retail marketer says flag styles are increasingly trendy it's renewed popularity and clothing she says represents a return to classics