Nothing makes me feel more powerful than a bad-ass t-shirt. There’s something about the feeling of letting everybody know your beliefs, knowing that they are not up for debate. There was a time that I was a little bit ashamed to be so bold. I think there is a bit of that drilled in to every young woman; a remnant of ‘children should be seen and not heard’ mixed with girls consistently being told they are weaker than boys, perhaps. I wore slogan t-shirts all the time when I was a teenager. In fact, most of my childhood friends will think ‘SAVE THE RAVE’ when they think of me. So when I reached my mid-20s and became more outspoken (and a whole lot less apologetic about it), I naturally found myself gravitating towards t-shirts with more ‘political’ slogans. I don’t mean that I was wearing campaign t-shirts for the latest political leader; I simply mean that I spent my time considering the messages I wanted to display about myself, and I dressed myself accordingly. Here are some of my favourite ‘wear your politics’ picks.
Fat and Thriving
I had this t-shirt from the much-missed Ready to Stare store sitting in my basket for a long time. I was a little bit afraid of it, actually. Society condemns the fat so frequently that it is an incredibly rebellious act just to stand up and say that I am fat, and that I am having a great time. When I realised that it was okay to wear your politics, this was the first t-shirt I grabbed. I had given myself permission, and I was in love. It is now in pretty heavy rotation in my wardrobe. I used to be afraid of the looks people would give me when I wore something like this; then I taught myself not to care, and suddenly the looks amuse me.
Thick thighs, thin patience
I tried to find a picture of me wearing my ‘thick thighs, thin patience’ top, but instead I found this snapshot from Instagram of two slogan t-shirts. In fact, I wore my ‘social anxiety’ t-shirt to work this week and I got many smirks. Something you will begin to notice when you wear your politics is that people almost always agree with you. Almost everybody I meet when I wear these t-shirts laughs and says “oh my god, me too!” but its like they just need somebody to take that step and speak first. Having the confidence to speak for yourself, and then for others, can give you such a buzz that it is almost always worth any grief that comes your way for doing so.
IDGAF About Your Diet, Susan
I love everything about this t-shirt. The message. The fact it says Susan, because “He’s dead, Susan.” makes me cackle every time. The way this model is holding her middle finger up to her face. Her face itself, which is daring you to challenge her on her t-shirt. I just think its fantastic and the only thing I don’t love about it is that I don’t currently own it. This is one shirt that is definitely going on my Christmas list!
Here are some other of my favourite picks, that I think She Might Be readers might get a real kick out of. Do you love to wear your politics? Please link me to your favourite political slogan shirts in the comments! I would love to see some British brands on there, too!
None of the Above – an anti-government t-shirt by Allriot