How Fashion is Encouraging Voting, Proving Voting Is In Fashion!

How Fashion is Encouraging Voting, Proving Voting Is In Fashion!

Video by MOVE TEXAS at movetexas.org. We salute you for engaging our youth!

It’s true that politicians and the media refer to every election as “the most important election of our time,” but this year it actually is. If you pay attention to the news and/or social media, you know the many reasons why. Today the entire team of Style Lush TV would like to reiterate the importance of using your voice and voting in this primal presidential election. Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Texas offers absentee ballots by mail to voters who will be unable to vote in person. All other voters are expected to vote in person. Texas offers early voting which begins today, October 13th through October 30th. The most important thing you can do in 2020 is vote, and in turn, encourage others to do the same and so today we are highlighting a wonderful organization that can help you on your path to voting, showcase several major fashion brands and designers who are working to encourage their customers to vote, and finally if you are in San Antonio, Texas, promoting a great local virtual event that aims to inspire more people of all backgrounds to participate in the voting process. Change begins with us, VOTE VOTE VOTE!


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To begin, we would like to highlight a local organization that can help voters with the process, MOVE Texas. In 2013, MOVE was founded by a small group of dedicated students at The University of Texas at San Antonio to increase participation in local elections. Since then, MOVE has gone statewide to become one of the most effective voter registration and engagement groups in the state. MOVE Texas is a nonpartisan, non-profit, grassroots organization working to build power in underrepresented youth communities through civic engagement, leadership development, and issue advocacy. The wonderful thing about MOVE Texas is that whether you are a new voter or an experienced one, this organization is a great tool to help you engage and share the movement.


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Recently, MOVE Texas utilized fashion to take the movement from voice to body. The goal of the capsule collection was to become walking billboards that encourage the 3.8 million unregistered voters to exercise their right. The clothing can still be found on the website and the proceeds are used to help young Texans register to vote and understand the process and their rights.

With less than one month before the 2020 presidential election begins, several major fashion brands and designers are working to encourage their customers to vote. Many have teamed with organizations such as Rock the Vote, I Am a Voter and When We All Vote for their initiatives, which help customers register to vote and provide them with essential tools ahead of the election. Others have designed limited-edition collections or pieces inspired by the election, with proceeds benefiting various organizations. Here are our top 12 favorite picks.

Our Top 12 Fashion Picks


Photo Sourced From HM Website. H&M Cotton T-Shirt ($13) .


Photo Sourced From Stuart Weitzman Website. Stuart Weitzman The 5050 Vote Boots ($695)


Photo Sourced From DSM Website. Marc Jacobs x DSM WWAV Crewneck ($225)

 


Photo Sourced From Susan Alexandra website. Susan Alexandra Vote Bag ($350)


Photo Sourced From Anthropologie Website. Vote Ear Loop Reusable Face Mask. $30


Photo Sourced From BaubleBar Website. ‘Watch Out, I Vote” Necklace. $42


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Photo Sourced From Madewell Website. Vote Graphic Unisex Tee $39.50


Photo Sourced From Urban Outfitters Website. Community Cares + I Am A Voter Ballot Box Tee Kit $49


Photo Sourced From Stella and Bow Website. I Am A Voter x Stella and Bow Necklace $65


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Photo Sourced From Naturalizer Website. Callie #VOTE Boot $150


Photo Sourced From Mother Denim Website. The Cooler- Voter Tee $95 


Photo Sourced From Rae Of Light Custom Website. VOTE Acrylic Clutch $99

Finally, if you happen to be in San Antonio, Texas, Desja Chanel Boutique is excited to announce that they will be presenting their first-ever virtual fashion event that will incorporate the love of fashion with the call-to-action to vote. The event’s mission is to inspire more people of all backgrounds to participate in the voting process while supporting the small business community. The virtual event will highlight new exclusive Fall/Winter pieces from Desja Chanel Boutique and also include the Decade of the Latinas Collection, just in time to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. As an extra incentive to vote, Desja Chanel Boutique is encouraging all voters to post a picture of their voter sticker during the live event or after and hashtag #Runway2thePolls.  The first 25 individuals who post successfully will receive a FREE GIFT!


Image Sourced at Instagram.com/desjachanel

The United States has one of the lowest voter turnout rates among developed countries, with just 56% of eligible people voting in the 2016 election according to the Pew Research Center. Young people have long been particularly under-represented. These young people could be pivotal to this election if they register, being that millennials are now matching aging baby boomers at 27% of the electorate. This election is predicted to be the most diverse ever with Generation Z making up 1 in 10 eligible voters and a third of eligible voters being people of color.

Thanks to the countless brands, businesses, and designers that have used their platform and visibility to encourage their audiences to vote! We hope you found inspiration for your voting right and we will see you at the polls!


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Kassandra is a Trendsetter Member of the Texas Fashion Industry Initiative currently learning about online fashion media and content creation through its mentorship opportunity. Originally from McAllen, Texas, Kassandra is a fashionista at heart. She hopes to inspire everyone to dress outside of their comfort zone and use style as a form of self-expression. She's an advocate for plus size fashion, believing that fashion shouldn't discriminate on the basis of pant size. From working Alta Roma Fashion Week, to styling Milan Men's Fashion Week her experiences bring a unique flame to San Antonio.