Fashion and politics don’t mix? Try me. There’s a time and place to break rules, and gonna have to break my own about not putting politics in with work. It’s not just words you use to express yourself, it’s what you wear. Style mirrors the state of society, fashion a reflection of what’s happening in the world. From the “pussy power” pink hats of the Women’s Marches, to Balenciaga’s Bernie-inspired runway ensembles, taking a stand is definitely in style.
After several weeks of shocks, surprises, and admittedly some major scares to democracy, perhaps the biggest surprise of this past week has been one of encouragement—one never predicted in any of the dystopian apocalyptic novels: The rise of the National Parks’ and US science associations’ social media staff members (BTW, totally stole that off the internet). I think the Fashionisto I spotted on campus saw the same post going around social media, and took a cue for his clothing.
Going to an art and design college in the US, silence on the current state of affairs isn’t an option. This Fashionisto is definitely making a statement in style, wearing “armor” from his armoire. With a fish print button-up, tapered overalls, and an all-weather field parka jacket, his look echoed that of eco defenders. Something tells me khaki and combat boots are about to very in, and this Fashionisto’s one step ahead of the game. He combined a mainly monochromatic color scheme for a heck of a strong statement. His look says informed and in style; utilitarian, anti-authoritarian; fighting possible fascism with Field and Stream-styled fashion…and maybe a little ode to the Orwellian.
The internet is a powerful tool, as is language. Clothing is an immediate, visual language— sometimes the best defense is dress. Instead of turning the other cheek, stay chic. Now’s a chance to make a real style statement. It’s rad to have rights.