If we want to talk trends, it’s seems it has become very fashionable in Australia to change our prime minister faster than we would a good coat. Six in 10 years.
We’re like Zara when it comes national leaders – quick turnover, low quality.
Don’t get attached to any one thing because it won’t last more than one or two seasons. But whether our politicians know it or not, we’re over it: in fashion and in politics.
We should make our voices heard and revive the idea of protest wear. We have seen it emerge in the US, particularly with the rise of the knitted ‘pussy hat’, which dominated the women’s march on Washington – a reaction to President Donald Trump’s crass sexism.
In these insane political times, where everything is not what it seems, and the landscape changes on what seems like a daily basis, it feels like the moment where we need to re-introduce the notion of everyday protest wear.
The MAGA hat wearers in the US accessorise their mouth-breather look with camouflage vests and fully loaded automatic weapons and the Antifa movement has adopted a rather ominous look that sits between terrorist and cat burglar. So I’m wondering if there might not be some middle ground we can adopt here.
Hollywood actresses banded together at this year’s Golden Globe awards and wore all-black to put the focus on the #MeToo movement, so I feel like fed-up Australians may need to start making some sartorial statements.
Even just slogan T-shirts would be a start. The major parties inflicted Let’s Move Australia Forward and Stand Up For Australia on us, so how about we push back with a ‘We literally did not vote for you’ T-shirt, which is pretty much an ongoing season-less classic, which could be paired back with a badly tailored jacket, awful hair and a Julie Bishop-style Armani brooch.
My son texted just before the spill that if Tony Abbott became PM again he was moving to Canada, so there is an obvious market in Australia and the US for a ‘Probs Moving to Canada’ collection of T-shirts, sweatshirts and trucker caps.
‘Not My President’ is a catchy US phrase, which of course can directly translate here in Australia to ‘Not My PM’, printed on socks, hats and undies, and probably put on a unisex wardrobe basics list at Target.
My favourite tone-deaf political spouse, Melania Trump, put the focus back on visual messaging with the inexplicable and cruel, ‘I really don’t care, do U?’ Zara jacket that she chose to wore when visiting migrant families that had been forcibly separated at the US border.
So it was only fair that there was a slew of protest parkas stating ‘Yes I do care, why don’t U?” in response.
Pull out the T-shirts and the parkas and the paints. We are all going to have to resort to making our political voices and beliefs heard via our clothing. As it stands, apparently voting isn’t the answer.