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It was a low rumble on social media that on Tuesday turned into a roar: Pantsuit Nation turned up in its finest, most badass jacket-and-trouser combos, turning an oft-maligned clothing item into the symbolic uniform of Election Day 2016.
Voters started coalescing around the pantsuit theme in a “secret” Facebook group called Pantsuit Nation about two weeks ago, with millions of women (and men!) sharing personal anecdotes and their plans to wear Hillary Clinton’s signature outfit on Tuesday morning. Not surprisingly, everyone wants to feel like their most powerful self when exercising a hard-won right.
So on Tuesday, the pantsuits were out in full force. Some were refreshing, colorful twists on the classic...
... while some would have been right at home in The Wolf of Wall Street (y’know, if the women had gotten to play the leads):
Hundreds of women are wearing pantsuits today in honor of @hillaryclinton! Well I don't own one, but I do have my old catering tuxedo that I proudly just wore to vote!!! #imwithher #hillaryclinton #pantsuits #pantsuitpower #pantsuits4hillary #pantsuitnation #pantsuitup #electionday #electionday2016 #voterselfie #ivoted #vote #voteforhillary #getoutthevote #womeninblack #voterselfie #myvote
Oh, and if no one took a peek at what was under them:
Others took their inspiration extremely literally:
And others? Well, some pantsuits sent a more pointed political message:
And just like that, the scorned sartorial relic of the ‘80s has become the most exciting modern symbol of progress. Because as it turns out, what we wear is more powerful than many people care to realize — kind of like women.