2017 is a different kind of year. With a reeling populace that’s heartbroken, confused, and empowered, the spirit is palpable, and more of a civic duty rather than a mere inclination. With the issues of the world becoming widely reported rather than only apparent to a few, they have seeped into the public consciousness and into our expressions of selves.
With corruption comes anarchy and with that a celebration of individuality. Artists, activists, and entrepreneurs have rolled through leaving a wake of inspiration, fearlessness, and a “why the fuck not?” message in the sand.
History reveals a correlation between civil discourse and fashion. Whether it’s the hippies of the 60s or the underground punk scene of the 80s, there were uniforms for rebellion. The current spread of information and the bulk of the opposition has redefined anarchy style as less defined and more mainstream. It ranges from a liberated nipple to a plain black tee to prickly legs because who has time to shave when saving the world is on your to-do list?
If you were to attend a protest today you would see varying styles, even among those considered ‘conservative.’ The rumblings of objections are so visible and ubiquitous. We’re past the age of word-of-mouth among subcultures, where group think expanded past politics and into bell-bottoms for all. We have landed into an era where everyone owns a megaphone and a handle on their individuality, which I think is pretty damn cool.
So, how do you find your anarchy look? Wake up in the morning, brush your teeth, floss (maybe) and wear whatever you fucking please. Whether you’re rocking a Nasty Woman tee or you just managed to put on socks, you’re an influencer. Just make sure you have your opinions and a shiny middle finger to match.