Villavogue: Dressing Like a Baddie for the Ballots

Kaelin Trombly, Staff Writer

Voting: It’s a word defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “an expression of opinion or preference.” It’s a concept that is well known by most Americans, as it should be, even though not all carry out this very important action. Voting is a voice that each and every one of us have been given to speak up for what we believe in, promote change, and seek justice.

According to Business Insider, only 60% of eligible voters in America voted for the 2016 presidential election. This statistic may seem high, but keep in mind that only 74% of Americans who are eligible to vote registered to do so.

To be frank, it is time that we take advantage of this voice that we have and as college students, we can create this change.

Now I know what you are thinking, this is a fashion column. What would a fashion article have anything to do with voting? The answer is simple. This election was a monumental event, and at this pivotal time we want to look and feel our best. Voting is an act of self expression, and so is fashion. So without further ado, this is how to look like a baddie at the ballots in the future.

When rolling out of bed to head to the polls, comfort clothing is the way to go. However, there is still a way to dress comfortably while still being self expressive and mildly extravagant. Comfort and confidence is key.

Transforming sweatpants and a sweatshirt into a respectable and professional environment appropriate outfit has made headway in recent trends. Dressing up a sweatsuit or a casual tee is easy yet effective. Here is how.

My favorite trend within the comfort clothes realm are sweatsuits. In order to rock this look, simply pick out a pair of sweats with an identically colored sweatshirt. In my opinion, the baggier the better. Complement this look with a pair of sneakers or even strappy tie up heels. Popular sweatsuit brands include Aritzia and Madhappy which allow wearers to appear effortlessly cool.

Another staple in the comfort clothes world is athleisure. I am sure you are familiar with this style already, but it is time to normalize workout clothing without the working out portion. Utilize your yoga pants and leggings by pairing them with a cute, neutrally toned sports bra. Top off the look by adding a baggy zip up sweatshirt or even a casual blazer if you feel up to it.

Last, but certainly not least, jewelry is key. Whether it’s a pair of earrings from Target’s clearance rack or a family heirloom necklace, statement jewelry can transform your comfort clothing look, making your sweatsuit all the more put together.

This Election Day, we had the opportunity to not only express our voice, but express confidence through our clothing too. Whether you go to polls in the future in a pale blue sweatsuit or a bold red athleisure ensemble, elections will always be our chance to make a change.

But what is better than making a difference while looking the part? Above all, it is about your confidence. Wear what you feel comfortable in, head to the polls, and be a baddie on ballot day.