Olivia Wilde Proves Fashion Can (& Should) Show Solidarity

Inspired by a similar movement in the U.K. post-Brexit, Americans have started to wear safety pins, once a punk-era fashion statement, as a way to show support for those feeling vulnerable as a result of the presidential election. To those fearful of a world where hate trumps love, a safety pin signals protection for anyone who might need it — without having to vocalize it. Given that so many public figures were #WithHer, we’re not surprised that a number of celebrities have gotten in on this symbolic demonstration. The latest is Olivia Wilde, who voiced her support for marginalized individuals with an epic safety pin DIY.

👊🏻👊🏼👊🏽👊🏾👊🏿 #safe

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On Monday, the actress posted an Instagram photo in which she dons not one, not two, but probably closer to a hundred safety pins on her T-shirt. Wilde captioned the shot with a row of fisted-hand emojis and tagged it #safe.

Even though the statement was probably intended to be more political than fashionable, it's a simple, powerful example of how outfit decisions can be both empathetic and visually striking. And since this looks easy enough to DIY, safety pin-studded T-shirts just might be the next best way to show your commitment to inclusion. Bonus: You won't catch as much flak as you would for splurging on a $335 “solidarity” necklace.


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