WATCH: American women are wearing white as an homage to the suffragette movement which fought for women’s right to vote.
Since the third presidential debate on Oct. 22 when Hillary Clinton donned a much-lauded white pantsuit by Ralph Lauren, Democratic supporters across the United States have embraced the monochromatic look and dubbed it “suffragette white.”
As citizens made their way to the polls today, many took selfies showing them in white garb, posted them to Twitter and tagged them #WearWhiteToVote.
— Lauren Crain (@thelcrain) November 9, 2016
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The term “suffragette white” is a reference to the burgeoning women’s right to vote movement in the U.S. in the early 1900s that saw activists wear all white in solidarity. READ MORE: From NYC to Truro, N.S.: ‘Pantsuit Nation’ shows support for Hillary Clinton Clinton first sparked references to the movement that would go on to be the 19th amendment to the U.S. constitution with the white pantsuit she wore to accept her nomination as the party’s presidential candidate at the Democratic National Convention in July. That suit was also designed by Lauren and inspired countless women to hunt it down online. The New York Times reports that Facebook users were disappointed when they couldn’t find it. “I went on the Ralph Lauren website hours ago and can’t find it anywhere!” wrote one. “Let me know what you come up with — maybe a discount if we buy in bulk,” replied another. The suit was a custom creation for Clinton and is not currently available to consumers. READ MORE: Ivanka Trump’s fashion line boycotted with #GrabYourWallet campaign Some outlets have noted that Republicans have also chosen to don white to the polls today. Elle.com criticized Ivanka Trump for wearing a white wrap coat this morning to vote, drawing an obvious disconnect between the colour’s meaning and her father’s stance on women. While others have pointed to Senator John McCain’s white pants and his wife Cindy’s white suit as a nose-thumbing in Trump’s direction.
— Donna Jean Pallotta (@donnaPallotta) November 9, 2016
This isn’t the first fashion trend Clinton is credited with inspiring. In the last two weeks, secret Facebook groups called Pantsuit Nation have popped up and #pantsuitnation has been trending on Twitter, all in homage to the presidential hopeful’s famous penchant for pantsuits.
It’s almost as though Michelle Obama is passing her fashionable baton on to the next resident of the White House.
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