When I first saw political slogans slash empowerment focuses hit the runways during Fall New York Fashion Week last February, I was a little surprised but not shocked. It’s not the first time I’d seen people express their opinions through fashion, but the sheer amount of this happening was staggering – it was EVERYWHERE! From runways of the biggest designers (Calvin Klein took a strong stance on unity alongside numerous designers) to some of the most successful bloggers taking their opinions to street style by way of graphic t-shirts. Political slogans and phrases were basically the new graphic tee – where before we were seeing old rock bands or cutesy sayings as the forefront of graphics, more fluffy stuff ya know?
Runways this year also reflected the change in human awareness when it came to the models. Designers such as Mara Hoffman and J.Crew chose to use real models of different sizes, nationalities, and races in order to make their runway statement. It seems that the fashion industry is not only noticing people’s thoughts but responding to them and making their own ripple in the world via fashion. And I like it!
Political association aside, I love that people are using fashion as a way to further express themselves. Now what you wear is not only a way of expressing who you are, but what you stand for. What a fun and exciting way to spark a conversation on values in 2017! And honestly, sometimes the fashion industry can feel VERY cliquey or serious, and I think this new wave of expression is cool. I, for one, am all for people speaking up or showing up for what they believe in – and if that’s through a graphic t-shirt or sweatshirt or runway show, then so be it.
This trend from February looks like it’s here to stay for awhile, too. Retailers are carrying brands that make tops defending all sorts of causes, and it’s hard to shop without noticing the movement or trend.
I think this is cropped sweatshirt is my very first piece of clothing that has any sort of (somewhat) politically charged mantra on it, and I’m loving it. I’ve been wearing it with my high-waisted yoga pants and sneakers, or with jeans and booties to take things up a notch – it’s so cute and comfy, right?
What do y’all think of expression in the form of fashion?
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