Where’d You Get That Attitude?

By Ramsey Pittman

You’ve surely heard the saying, “To each their own.” This means that we all have the right to our own perspective, or attitude. Society’s attitude reflects the Zeitgeist, or spirit of the times. The dominating attitude of this era is an ongoing struggle between people’s desire to fit in or to stand out, to conform or stand against the norm. We can have a supportive attitude or a resistant attitude, but either way, attitudes make an impact. Today, fashion is influenced by attitudes toward the LGBT community, free speech and protest, and immigration.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Acceptance toward the LGBT community has been rising since the legalization of same-sex marriage during Obama’s presidency. Australia is currently going through a similar situation on whether to legalize gay marriage. Clearly, society’s attitude is changing and seeking to go against the values of the past with a favorable and positive attitude toward marriage equality and acceptance for LGBT. This will influence trends like rainbow motifs and patterns, bold colors, and color blocking. Support for trans models, gay artists, and gay designers may also increase as a result.

Say it Like You Mean It
As political tensions continue to intensify domestically and internationally, people speaking out boldly on controversial issues is increasing as well. The recent NFL protests that Kaepernick ignited by taking a knee during the national anthem have led to both attitudes of support and negative backlash. Some have commended protesters like Kaepernick for standing up against racial inequality and injustice, but many believe it is unpatriotic and disrespectful to take such a strong stance against our nation’s flag and anthem. This attitude toward freedom of speech and protest will lead to more statement and graphic pieces that express individual’s beliefs. We also may see more red, white, and blue from those who do not support the protestors.

Diversity is a Certainty
In light of political views on immigration as well as terrorist attacks around the world, diversity has become a hot topic of discussion. Attitudes shift back and forth between pro- and anti-immigration in countries like the U.K., who have been a target of several terrorist attacks this year. Many people have a negative attitude toward immigration because they are fearful. Yet, it seems that Americans are in favor of diversity and inclusion of other cultures. This attitude toward cultural diversity may lead to the incorporation of native patterns from around the globe and clothing that celebrates rather than exploits other cultures.
We all have an opinion about what is right or wrong, what we like or don’t like, and this affects the way we dress—even if it’s just subconsciously. Whether you are in support or resistance to such topics as LGBT rights, freedom of speech and protest, and immigration, you are making a statement when you wear patriotic colors, ethnic clothing, graphic tees, and rainbow print. So, will your attitude and the dominating attitude of society impact the fashion choices you make? Can you even help it?

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