10 fashion items you can wear to encourage voting for the 2020 election
Vote in style this year.
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These days, it’s impossible to turn on the television or log in to social media and not hear about the big presidential election on Tuesday, November 3. And rightfully so, as we all want to be informed and encourage others to exercise their right to vote. But we also want to be stylish, right? The market has no shortage of accessories or clothes with ‘VOTE’ displayed on the front. The options range from sweatshirts with graphic prints to face masks to combat boots. Also, some retailers even donate some of the proceeds to non-partisan organizations.
Regardless of who you vote for, these 10 pieces of voting merch are on-point and come highly rated from tried and true brands.
1. A necklace seen on Michelle Obama
You know a brand has to be cool if Michelle Obama is seen rocking it. During night one of the Democratic National Convention, the former First Lady was seen wearing a simple, but chic vote necklace from Black-owned jewelry brand Bychari. The necklace is available in 14k yellow, rose, or white gold, and you can pick the chain length (16, 18, or, 20 inches) and decide between small and large letters, though these changes will increase the price. If you’re feeling really fancy and don’t mind spending $1,200, you can have ‘VOTE’ spelled out in diamond letters. Orders can take between three and four weeks to be processed, so you’ll want to add this to your cart ASAP so it’s here in time before election day.
2. A customizable ‘VOTE’ necklace
For a similar vote necklace to the one Obama wore, but at a more wallet-friendly price, this option from Etsy is a fashionable winner. The chain length varies from 14 to 22 inches and you can get it in gold, silver, or rose. But what really makes this necklace stand out is that it can be customized. In addition to spelling out 'VOTE,' you can add symbols or emojis to truly give it a personalized touch, just note that each letter increase will raise the price. Reviewers of the item remark how dainty and delicate the necklace is.
3. A custom tee you can vote about
Levi’s is known for its classic denim, but the t-shirts are just as comfortable. This cotton crewneck tee, available in black or white, lets you add a bit of customization while encouraging others to vote. You get to fill in the blank for the first line of the shirt with a word of your choosing up to 10 characters. For example, “Don’t just post about it. Vote about it.” or “Don’t just talk about it. Vote about it.” The phrase can be in the center of the shirt or over the left chest for some extra customization.
4. A mask that makes a statement
As face masks have become a part of our daily lives, it’s important to have one that speaks to your style. This 3-pack set of masks from the Gap includes one with ‘VOTE’ in white letters over a denim-like pattern. The other two masks feature blue patterns that can be worn long after election day is over. Although they’re not the best face masks we’ve ever tested, each mask has three layers of 100 percent cotton, features adjustable ear elastics, and a bendable nose guard for a more secure, comfortable fit. There’s even an opening to insert a filter.
5. A sweatshirt to “vote like a girl”
There’s just something about cozying up in a hoodie or sweatshirt as soon as the temperature drops. And you can combine that cozy feel with a sweatshirt that honors the past in a unique way. The “voting like a girl since 1920” slogan is a nod to the 19th Amendment that gave most women in the United States the right to vote. The crew neck cut is available in more than six colors, including white, light blue, and heather gray. The sizes also go up to a 5X.
There’s also a “voting like a girl since 1965” shirt, which acknowledges the Voters Rights Act that aimed to make voting accessible for everyone.
6. A subtle bracelet that still makes a statement
Sweet and subtle is the name of the game for this bracelet found on Uncommon Goods. You can choose in either brass or sterling silver (which will cost $20 more) and the word vote is etched in the middle of the bracelet. The “o” in 'VOTE' is the female symbol, as a subtle nod to the women’s suffrage movement. Reviewers rave about the bracelet's durability, quality, and how it can be worn on a daily basis. Plus, $5 from each sale goes to the League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan organization devoted to encouraging women to vote and become political participants.
7. Sneakers that support a non-profit organization
It can be a stylish match made in heaven when popular fashion brands collaborate with a nonpartisan organization. That’s exactly what you get with the Brother Vellies and When We All Vote sneakers. The former is a Black-owned business known for the luxe fur and leather shoes and handbags that can easily cost upwards of $1,000. This sneaker, however, is affordable and wearable for all occasions. The classic crisp white Keds have “When We All Vote” featured on the laces and the side of the shoe in a handwritten script. All of the proceeds benefit When We All Vote, a non-profit aimed at increasing voter participation.
8. Boots that kick voting up a notch
Whether you plan on walking to the polls in style or you just need a solid pair of boots for fall and winter, Naturalizer’s Callie boot has you covered. The brand is known for its trendy shoes that offer tons of arch and foot support—and offer extra support for voting. The Callie, specifically, has a 3.5-inch heel and the front of the shoe has an almond-shaped toe, which makes for easier walking compared to a pointy one. There’s also a lug sole for some serious grip and while lace up boots can be annoying (who wants to undo all of those laces?) there’s a zipper on the side for easy in and out access. Customers praise the boots for their good traction and comfort.
9. A tote that reminds people to vote
Your farmer’s market or grocery store haul just got a tote-ally cute update. Draper James, a line founded by Reese Witherspoon, has a classic, Americana style that pays homage to her southern roots. And the “Vote Y’All” tote falls right in line with that. The 100 percent cotton canvas bag comes in an off white shade and a slightly different design than the one available during the 2016 election. This latest version has a crisp, clean look and there’s an accompanying t-shirt for $38.
10. A button featuring Rosie the Riveter
Rosie the Riveter was and remains an iconic figure representing female empowerment, and you can show her off on a pin. This button on Etsy is quite small, measuring just one inch, but features a prominent image of the icon with the word ‘VOTE’ on her arm. The button would look great alone on a denim jacket or even amongst a cluster of other pins. Reviewers frequently remark how cute the buttons are and that they make great gifts. At such an affordable price, you can easily buy a few for yourself or the favorite feminists in your life.
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