Fashion Discussion: What’s Wrong with Dressing Up To Protest?

In 2014, I was dragged through the coals and read my rights for wearing a Served Fresh x Ty Hunter sweatshirt, white jeans, and Gianvito Rossi heels to walk in the Millions March.
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Instead of seeing my photos as an opportunity to use my platform to shed light on a pivotal political event, most accused me of marching for a ‘photo op.’
Yep.
Fast forward three years later, and ladies showed up and showed out to protest in the Women’s March yesterday.
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But while Rihanna was praised for her Lapp the Brand This P**SY Grabs Back Sweatshirt, HLZBLZ Middle Finger Pink Baseball Hat, Molly Goddard Pink Jamie Tutu Dress, fur stole, pink pumps, and 24k Gold Majesty Black Vegan Black Sarah Gloves

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Yandy Smith caught heat for wearing an Alice & Olivia Dakota blouse, the brand’s striped pants, and a fur coat to March on Washington. On Instagram, @Munirahb said, “Who attends a march dressed like this!?! Smh this was all for show.”

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Are heels ideal for a march? I can tell you from experience that no, they aren’t the best choice in footwear. My feet weren’t burning, but I’ll probably wear sneakers next time! But if a woman wants to wear a pink tutu, furs, or a jewelry festooned burlap sack…who cares, as long as she represents and shows her support in a real way?
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In a march that stood for unity, love, and acceptance, can we please stop acting like the fashion police of protests?

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If you want to twirl in pink, purple, blue, or neon I say, twirl on…
What do you think?

Claire

Claire Sulmers is the publisher and founder of Fashion Bomb Daily, the #43 most influential style magazine in the world.

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