Fashion has proven to be a vehicle for social change! There’s nothing cuter than making a fashion statement and driving change in the world at the same time. Let’s talk about the fashion items that promote change in our society. T-shirts, caps, hoodies and sweaters printed all kinds of global and domestic social issues. You probably own a piece. There’s #blacklivesmatter, #Zimbabweanlivesmatter, #Nigerianlivesmatter, #wearadamnmask #sebenzagirl! engraved in our favorite apparel.
These statement making fashion items have the potential to influence politics, culture and society. That small print on your t-shirt can just open someone’s eyes to new realization. We always say fashion is about making a statement about who we are and what we’re about, so why not take it a step further and actually spell out our views? Advocating for social change doesn’t necessarily mean, running and chanting, there’s another simpler but effective way to advocate, which is in style and graceful.
There probably isn’t any peaceful form of advocacy than rocking your jeans, sneakers or heels and a t-shirt that speaks social volumes.
“Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the way you dress and the way you live.”Gianni Versace.
There are a lot of definitions pinned to fashion. To some its just clothes, others an art and others style. Of which clothes are coverings for the human body, art is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form and style is conformity to a recognized standard manner which is deemed elegant in fashion. But I think all of these make up style and all generally show how we see things and what we want to be seen as.
The good thing about the fashion industry is that it cuts across economic, environmental, and social issues and what we wear can become advocates for social justice change. So we can never feel like we’re overrating the advocacy issue. We just have to create good practice and meaning in our choice of fashion because the impact of that can be huge. But beyond that, beyond every decision being motivated by that standard to do our best, to defend and safeguard our rights.
So ditch those Tees and tops with strange faces on them and trade them for something that speaks to a lot of situations.