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Clothing choices at the State of the Union convey political messages

Lawmakers leverage clothing to amplify support (Via Amber Jones/Getty Images)

During Joe Biden’s speech about the country’s condition, people like lawmakers and guests showed their political beliefs through their clothes.

George Santos, a former Representative, wore a fancy collar that got attention. Others chose simpler ways to show their ideas, like wearing pins.

The clothes had meaning. Some wore yellow and blue to support Ukraine and a law helping them. Republicans wore red pins to honor Laken Riley, who they say was killed by someone who wasn’t supposed to be in the country.

Representative Troy Nehls had a shirt with Donald Trump’s face on it. Democrats showed support for a ceasefire in Gaza with red-and-white pins.

Some accessories had messages too. Representatives Cori Bush and Rashida Tlaib wore scarves from Palestine, and Tlaib had earrings that looked like watermelons to show support.

Fashion becomes a tool for political expression (Via Rose White/Getty Images)

Gabrielle Giffords, who survived a shooting, wore orange to say we need to stop gun violence.

Women from the Democratic Party wore white outfits and pins supporting reproductive rights to show they wanted women to have control over their bodies.

These clothing choices weren’t just about looks. They showed what people care about in politics and what causes they support.

They showed that different people at the speech had different worries and goals, and they showed how fashion and politics are connected when people talk about what’s important for the country.

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