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Clinton supporters are flooding Twitter with pantsuit selfies

A dorky fashion choice has become a (still dorky) powerful statement via social media.

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What started as a mockable fashion statement by a certain female politician has become a selfie signifier in the current election.

At the beginning of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, the pantsuit was a slightly embarrassing fashion choice for the former first lady, senator and secretary of state. But what’s she supposed to wear? On men, these are just called ... suits. And when she wore skirts, she opened herself to complaints about her shoes or the size of her ankles. So early on in the presidential race, her campaign made it clear that she was just going to go ahead and own the pantsuit.

An African-American woman in a black tee shirt with a line of different-colored pants suits; a white man in a red tee shirt designed to look like a jacket with a necklace and a Hillary Clinton logo pin.
On the left, the Pantsuit Palette tee. On the right, the Everyday Pantsuit tee. Both were available on Hillary Clinton’s official shop.

As an unpleasant primary set in, secret Clinton groups proliferated on Facebook as safe places where women who felt their normal political interactions were now tinged with a certain misogyny could blurt out their frustrations. Much more recently, these disparate groups united in a million-plus-member group called Pantsuit Nation. A viral video cemented the idea that matching jackets and slacks, often acquired at a local thrift store, would be the uniform for a certain sort of frustrated, empowered Clinton supporter.

And here we are. It’s election day, and members of Pantsuit Nation and its ilk are taking to Twitter to mark their votes with a heavy side order of symbolism.

Of course, a pantsuit is not the only symbolic gesture breaking hearts on Twitter:

Thank goodness, all these ladies (and gents) had help from another Vox site, Racked!

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