Have you seen a lot of people (other than punks) wearing safety pins on their clothes lately and wondered what it's for? Well, lucky for you, Vogue has posted a (ridiculously tone-deaf) fashion spread explaining the political statement on their website, and showing how you can co-opt the trend by spending a shit-ton of money on expensive clothing.
In their post (the url for which includes the words Gucci and Marc Jacobs, but not, say, solidarity or acceptance), the fashion authority explains that the safety pin trend started in the U.K. to signal support for people who felt threatened by Brexit. Now it's being used in the U.S. in a similar way—as a sign to everybody that the wearer is a "safe place" for anyone who might feel threatened after the election of Donald Trump (so basically everyone except straight white men).
Okay, got it. So…just attach a safety pin to your shirt or jacket, right? I mean, you COULD do that, or as Vogue suggests,
You can easily fasten any safety pin to your favorite T-shirt or jacket, but there are also dozens of ready-made, sequin-embellished pieces on the market right now, from punk-ish jewelry to pinned-together dresses. Shop them all in the slideshow above, then put your money where your mouth is and take real action against the forces of hate.
Of course! "Real action," like spending a massive amount of money on items that already have safety pins on them. The more you spend, the more you care, right? Why donate your money to important causes that might benefit other humans when you can drop a two grand on a dress for yourself?
Maybe you're more of a shirt person. How about this black sweatshirt, for a mere $569?
Or, hey, why use a regular old safety pin when you can get a gold one encrusted with diamonds?
As you might expect, people on Twitter did not take too kindly to this completely inappropriate marketing ploy.
Great job, Vogue! Looking forward to your post about how you can show your support for animal rights by buying expensive leather accessories with pictures of endangered species on them.