Today, more than ever political opinion and the fight for rights for minority groups is at the forefront of conversation. Controversial is no longer taboo and questioning societal norms and governmental regulations are no longer considered rebellious - they are the norm. Because of this, fashion designers both of catwalk calibre and the simple home seamstress wear their hearts on their sleeves, literally. I see more and more clothing pieces like statement shirts and motif prints depicting the support of equality, often regarding feminism or racial equality.
Keeping your political opinions to yourself is now a thing of the past - but that's a great thing! Making big political statements are no longer only for the brave celebs or activists, it's for everyone.
These true fashion statements have a much bigger purpose than making you look cool - they have a vital impact on the way we shape society both now and in the future. Think about it like this - a simple t-shirt can call out rape culture, racism, sexism or religious discrimination in no more than about 5 words. It showcases individual beliefs and opinions in a positive light and provides active encouragement for equality and support of minority groups - even if it is only through a piece of fabric.
Not only does this clothing show support for minority groups who are discriminated against, it also shows a lack of support for those who discriminate against them. For example, there have been many items of clothing that have come out with the sole purpose of mocking Donald Trump. Ah yes, the businessman trying to become president who is not only a racist and sexist bigot, he is also religiously intolerant - I'm sure you've (unfortunately) heard of him...
I hope this opened your eyes a little as to what fashion really can do for the world and hopefully you're feeling inspired to add a few statement shirts to your wardrobe that actually mean something. Until next time.
-The Traveling Oyster