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In the 2016 Presidential election, no fashion statement was as bold as the iconic red hats with the slogan “Make America Great Again.”
In that same year, t-shirts with slogans like “Girl Power” and “The Future is Female” were circulating waves around the net, ironically making their way in to countless fast fashion retailers.
But the way that fashion and politics converged that year wasn’t limited to on the nose slogans.
Beyonce’s Super Bowl performance of “Formation” featured backup dancers in outfits that paid homage to the Black Panthers, making it a clear political, and fashion statement.
And let’s not forget the white Ralph Lauren pantsuit that Hillary Clinton wore at the Democratic National Convention when she become the first woman major party nominee for president in U.S. History.
The white suit was a clear callback to the suffragist movement of 1913, when white was adopted as one of their signature colors. The color white was also worn in 1978 by Gloria Steinam and Betty
Friedan to the woman’s rights march in Washington, and later worn by Geraldine Ferraro when she was sworn in as the Democratic Vice Presidential nomination in 1984.
On Nov. 8, when you saw women go the polls in pantsuits or white to cast their votes, you already knew exactly who they were there for.
But post election, fashion remains a large avenue for people to express their political beliefs.
What we wear can be such a huge statement, and reveal so much about where our beliefs are grounded.
Fashion has been and always will be a way for people to express the beliefs they want to share with the world. It’s a way for people to say “this is who I am and this is what I stand for” without saying anything at all.