Every state sells clothing, hats and other accessories that prominently feature their state's name or imagery. However, in most states, when you see these items, they're in tourist-centered shops or attractions where locals rarely visit. Most residents know the only people who would buy and wear these items are people who are on vacation.
Not so in Colorado, which in the last few years has become a major exception to the rule. Specifically, residents of Colorado have begun to seek out Colorado flag apparel in huge numbers, and wear them prominently in a show of state pride that rivals Texas (another state whose residents are definitely not ashamed to display their pride.) It's not considered lame to wear Colorado flag apparel. In fact, it is really trendy and popular to sport the flag on a regular basis.
Colorado flag shirts, hats and accessories have become so popular, in fact, that Denver's 5280 Magazine published an article, by Kacey Cordell, entitled "Colorado State Flag Gear: How to Wear it." The article shows just how popular wearing state flag clothing has become, and includes tips like:
"One emblemized article of clothing at a time, please. A shirt. A hat. A sock. A scarf. Not all of the above or even a combination of any two. Unless you’re the governor."
So, in Colorado when you see someone wearing a state flag shirt, there's a good chance they're not a tourist. They may very well be a resident who loves calling Colorado home--and is proud to let everyone know.
If you're looking for some Colorado flag items while visiting the mountains, come see us! We carry a variety of Colorado shirts and hats, as well as Colorado flag-themed stickers, mugs, drinking glasses, magnets, hacky sacks, keychains, flasks, patches, water bottles, playing cards and...flags.