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Behold the Badass Pantsuits of Election Day 2016

Pantsuit Nation does not mess around.

Woman with afro walking in pink pantsuit
OK, so maybe we didn’t see this exact one at the polls...
Photo: Getty Images

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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...

Have #faith my #friends .. #nastywoman #vote ..night is young..

A photo posted by unique products (@shopgreenneworleans) on

Pant suits! #vote #voted✔️ #pantsuits #pantsuits4hillary

A photo posted by Jenny Lee Mitchell (@madjennytheater) on

... 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):

Pantsuits all day

A photo posted by Conz Preti (@conz) on

Oh, and if no one took a peek at what was under them:

#Bros4Hillary gal Jennie just voted today with her son for Hillary! #ImWithHer #Election2016 #NewYorkCity

A photo posted by Bros4Hillary (@bros4hillary) on

#pantsuits to the polls #imwithher today's so exciting I'm posting twice.

A photo posted by Libby B.K. (@bylibbybk) on

#OnTuesdayWeWearWhite and #pantsuits #feministsaresexy #HouseMartinIsWithHer #imwithher

A photo posted by Ketryn Porter (@ketrynp) on

Could not find Obama on the ballot? #pantsuit #imwithher #absenteevoting #election2016 #lol #photooftheday

A photo posted by Jessica Atkinson (@irie_jess) on

On #electionday we wear #pantsuits. #pantsuitsforhillary

A photo posted by Louise Marie (@singbabybeluga) on

Others took their inspiration extremely literally:

I like my pantsuits bright, tight and hideous #pantsuitnation @pantsuitnation #hillyes #imwithher #vote

A photo posted by Joc Moore (@joc_moore) on

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.