All I can think about is Occupy Wall Street! So I’m bringing you a guide on how to dress for your local occupation.
Things you will need:
Waterproof steel-toed shoes:
Both of these are by Severus and if you want to avoid supporting a corporation when acquiring gear for an anti-corporate protest, you can get them used starting from $13.
Skinny Dickies with double layer re-inforced knees. Not just for bike messengers anymore.
Levi’s commuter jeans. Water resistant, reflective tape on inside seam for night visibility (this will help people find you on the dark streets at night!) reinforced everything and a loop made for holding a U lock, which as you might guess could be pretty handy in a protest situation since it can double as a hammer/weapon for self-defense/tarp weight etc. Or you could use the loop to carry something else like a spray can or a thermos full of tea to share with cold comrades on chilly nights.
If ever there was a good time to wear a shirt that tells what you love and what you believe, it’s at a protest. Also t-shirts are comfortable, often breathable, and easily washed with soap flakes and drinking fountain water or whatever else you can find around camp. In the pic above you cant really see but that is a panther on the front of my shirt and the back is a screen print of a Free Assata poster.
Because duh. A zip hoodie is the most useful and versatile garment ever made. Despite its being a staple of depressive fashion its ease is also what makes it a site for innovation. Everyone can afford a hoodie and everyone can do something cool to it. The people at Rainbow Alternative who stenciled this hoodie have a goal to “spread social change through wearable art.”
Canvas jacket with lots of pockets:
2. A pen with some duct tape and some masking tape rolled around it. You can always use two kinds of tape and a pen.
3. Poems. I’m not kidding.
4. Snacks — nuts or bars or shot blocks — high-calorie, high-nutrition, small size food.
5. A list of important phone numbers — you might not have access to electricty to recharge your phone and you are a 21st century baby who doesn’t have a single phone number memorized.
You can sometimes find similar jackets at military surplus places. It’s interesting to me the ironies created by utilitarian dressing — what you need to wear to go to war is what you need to wear to go war — so you might be protesting against the corporatocracy (I just made that up — is there already a word for corporate government? Don’t say “Democracy” I can’t take the joke) and the military industrial complex that makes it possible, while wearing things designed to be worn in their service…which brings me to:
Bandanas are ubiquitous in protest fashion because they protect 1. your identity and 2. your face and airways from pepper spray and other chemical warfare. This is a cool upcycled one by Rogue City Killers. I like the idea of it, it’s like a political version of the tuxedo t-shirt. You can also use Bandanas to clean things and wipe things up and tie things together and wave joyously in the air when THE PEOPLE’S DEMANDS ARE MET!!!
Lastly, please remember, the police will be wearing this:
So be careful out there!