Our Founding Fathers Had Serious Style

Sometimes we get so caught up in our Fourth of July celebrations--what with all its boozing, fireworks, parades, and burgers--that we lose sight of what Independence Day is really about: The day the United States formally declared its independence from Great Britain way back in 1776. It was a pretty fabulous time, made possible by some pretty fabulous guys--the Founding Fathers. So today, we thought we'd celebrate that fierceness with a look at some of the Founding Fathers' absolutely flawless personal style. Here's looking at you, Ben Franklin...
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Sometimes we get so caught up in our Fourth of July celebrations--what with all its boozing, fireworks, parades, and burgers--that we lose sight of what Independence Day is really about: The day the United States formally declared its independence from Great Britain way back in 1776. It was a pretty fabulous time, made possible by some pretty fabulous guys--the Founding Fathers. So today, we thought we'd celebrate that fierceness with a look at some of the Founding Fathers' absolutely flawless personal style. Here's looking at you, Ben Franklin...
Yep, that's Ben Franklin wearing a furry hat.

Yep, that's Ben Franklin wearing a furry hat.

Sometimes we get so caught up in our Fourth of July celebrations--what with all its boozing, fireworks, parades, and burgers--that we lose sight of what Independence Day is really about: The day the United States formally declared its independence from Great Britain way back in 1776. It was a pretty fabulous time, made possible by some pretty fabulous guys--the Founding Fathers.

So today, we thought we'd celebrate that fierceness with a look at some of the Founding Fathers' absolutely flawless personal style. Here's looking at you, Ben Franklin...

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George Washington

He pretty much paved the way for grill-wearers everywhere with those fancy-free wooden teeth. And look at those rosy cheeks--Tom Ford wishes he could be this fabulous.

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Patrick Henry

Mary-Kate Olsen would go bonkers over those chic little glasses. And how does he keep his curls so tight? Someone knows a thing or two about extra-hold hair spray...

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John Adams

He made red a thing way before Valentino or Louboutin. And that hair bow? So Blair Waldorf.

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Samuel Adams

He made it cool for Marc Jacobs to make buckled pilgrim shoes cool.

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Benjamin Franklin

Franklin supposedly started wearing a hat made of marten fur when a scalp condition rendered him too itchy for his signature long white wig. Whatever the reason... he looked fabulous.

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Alexander Hamilton

Way ahead of his time with that fabulous white turtleneck. And that flaw-free layering? I can't even.

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John Jay

Andre Leon Talley would kill for that robe. Fab-u-lous.

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Thomas Jefferson

Furry and fierce. Only someone this fabulous could invent the lazy Susan, I mean come. On.

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James Madison

This guy knew black was going to be the new black. And he looked fabulous.