"For me it was about taking a look back and asking" What's most important to me now? "He said. The answer is changing his post-pandemic self-image through clothes.
The 35-year-old is one of many who look to fashion to understand the effects of the last 15 months. The coronavirus virus pandemic caused a plethora of damage to people's families and relationships, jobs and even livelihoods. There is no amount of therapy that can allow us to make perfect sense of the pain and pain we've experienced however, in the meantime our clothes provide us with an opportunity to show the world how we feel about ourselves and mark the enormous sense of change which we all experience.
Flag Fashion as a Method of Protest
Sarai Thompson was a fan of the black, yellow, and green Jamaican flag from the time she was a child. Her Jamaican parents, who emigrated to New York City from Jamaica before she was born brought pride into her, which is evident in her clothes selections.
According to the 27-year-old fashionista, fashion is a way of expressing your personality. Thompson still loves to wear T-shirts and tops made of crochet from Jamaica, worn with high-waisted jeans and platform shoes.
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Flag-themed fashions are often seen in conjunction with patriotic holidays as well as athletic events. Think of American flag bikinis that are worn during July 4th celebrations or Brazilian flag T-shirts that are worn during the FIFA World Cup. Sabrina Strings (Associate Professor of Sociology) at the University of California Irvine says: "It is easy to believe flags only represent our countries of origin and our nationality. However, some BIPOC and immigrant communities can create an impactful political statement by displaying their flags on their sleeves, chest, or back.