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In case you haven’t noticed, the world has seen a number of protests going on within the last couple of years. From Occupy Wall Street in America to protests from the Middle East to Chile. It’s clear that people are taking to the streets in a way that our generation has never witnessed before. So with all this protesting going on, maybe you want to get involved. But there’s one question you may be asking after devoting yourself to a cause: What do I wear to a protest?
Obviously, you want to wear something that is comfortable and practical. After all, you’re most likely going to be standing, marching, shouting, and possibly running all day in weather that may not be so pleasant. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t protest in style! Here are our 8 ways to protest in style:
8. Doc Martens
Doc Martens is durable, reliable, and rather comfortable for boots. Its simple Oxford boot with signature yellow stitching has been a part of the counter-culture for decades, and there’s no reason to stop that tradition now. Plus, it’s strong enough to protect your feet if it gets stumped on.
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7. Puma Sneakers
While Docs looks cool and serves a purpose, wearing boots all day long can wear you down. Plus, they don’t exactly make great running shoes. For comfort, style, and the possibility of running, we suggest wearing a pair of Puma sneakers. They’re slick, come in numerous colors and styles, and are comfortable enough to run in or just to wear all day.
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6. Ray Ban Aviators
Ray Bans are legendary, as well as a timeless, classic pair of shades. Besides the style, they’ll protect your eyes from the sun, as well as from tear gas if your protest gets a bit rough.
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Not only can you use a scarf during the colder months of the year when you’re protesting, you can also use it to hide your identity or protect your face from tear gas. If you don’t think that a scarf is essential or that fashionable, just remember the impact David Beckham made when he supported the anti-Glazer protesters.
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4. Messenger Bag
Not only can a messenger bag add some flair to your outfit, it also serves a major purpose. The bag can be used to store some snacks, water, a change of clothes, or whatever essential items you’ll need during the protest. The brand name really doesn’t matter, since the bag may get beat up a bit, but you should at least steer clear of designer bags.
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3. Dark Blue Jeans
You can never go wrong with a pair of dark blue jeans. They go with everything and are always “in.” However, we suggest picking up a pair at a thrift shop, if you don’t have an old pair lying around. They may get dirty or roughed up during the protest. Also, make sure they’re snug enough so that you don’t need a belt. If you happen to get arrested, that belt is going to be taken away and you don’t want to be in a cell with your pants down.
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Gloves are a necessity during the colder times of the year, since they keep your hands from going numb. They can be a stylish accessory, too, and are great for gripping slippery or difficult objects. For the many, and perhaps the most useful, gloves won’t leave any finger marks behind.
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Hoodies will never go out of style. They’re simple, and you can find one that easily suits your personality or cause. But more importantly, a hoody will keep you warm and protect your identity, like the above-pictured Mens Parsons Hoody from DC Shoes.
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