Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve (and a slogan on your sweater)

In the new spirit of 2017, I am stepping out of my comfort zone and trying new things that make me feel something different.  Yesterday I did something else I have not done before and went on a March*. To be honest I’m not much of an activist, I won’t be chaining myself to a radiator to protest the inflated price of Marmite post-Brexit anytime soon, but I felt I really should go to the Womens’ March in London yesterday. It felt like a movement that I wanted to be part of. I know we can’t change what’s happened in America, but we can makes our voices heard and shout about the things we are just not feeling that OK about.

Jogger Boy at the Womens March. He’s not a Student Socialist. He found this sign in the bin, but waving it around made him so happy!

I took my youngest son with me and we had the best time. The atmosphere was incredible. I nearly burst into tears when we arrived at the US Embassy and saw the thousands of others who had turned up. This is very unlike me. I have been called ‘Dead Inside’ on more than one occasion. I didn’t even cry at my own wedding FFS. The same cannot be said for my husband who sobbed all the way through it. I mean ALL the way through it, the vows, the dinner, the first dance. He never even made a speech as he couldn’t get any words out. I’m not sure what that says about him, or me, but we are still married 14 years later and I don’t think I’ve seen him cry since. Odd.

Anyway, I digress, The March. It was great. There were beautiful amazing women everywhere. I mean it, just stunners all over the shop. The Placards were hilarious. To the woman who made that ‘You Look Like A Wotsit Bruv’ sign, I salute you! It got me thinking about Slogan Sweaters and how that’s one way of quite literally expressing ourselves through our outfits. Who says fashion is shallow? Here’s my pick from some lovely small businesses…

1. ORWELL + AUSTEN Cashmere ‘Je Ne Regrette Rien’ Sweater
2. TEASE + TOTES Warrior Woman Sweatshirt
3. ORWELL + AUSTEN ‘Mon Coeur’ Cashmere Sweater
4. TEASE + TOTES ‘Rise’ Sweatshirt
5. TEASE + TOTES ‘Here’s To The Crazy Ones’ Sweatshirt
6. MERE SOEUR ‘Gracias Madre’ Sweatshirt 

 

Here’s what I’ve found on the High Street…

I know we might not be able to change the world with a Slogan or a March, but when people come together it makes the world feel just a little bit of better place, and if wearing a nice jumper also makes you feel good, then what’s not to like?

K x

*This is not strictly true. When I was at college I went on a March to protest against tuition fees. I’m not sure how much this counts as I only went because the boy I fancied was going. He ignored me so I went to the pub with my friends and got drunk on Special K cider. I don’t remember much after that…

 

10 thoughts on “Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve (and a slogan on your sweater)

  1. Love this. I’m an expat Brit living in New York and I went on the march in DC yesterday, it’s was an incredible experience and like you I just felt like I had to go, it was my duty to show up. Anyway…..the sweaters are fab….need to add some serious slogan to my life!

  2. Hi Kate. An American here living in California who is a huge fan/reader of your blog and I adore your style. Just wanted to say a huge thank you to and your fellow Londoners for marching in solidarity with us. It means so much and it’s so nice to know we aren’t alone in our fight!

  3. So happy you protested and sharing it on your blog! There weren’t any protests here in rural Norway, so I didn’t – therefore even more grateful that women like you refuse to be silent and accept! Thanks, Kate!
    X, G.

  4. Brit living in San Francisco here, I also marched and felt uncharacteristically emotional. Might have to pick up slogan jumper to go with my ‘Nasty Woman’ t-shirt.

    Kate I love your blog and your style, it brightens my day.

  5. I bought a Selfish Mother ‘Winging It’ sweatshirt thanks to you KH. Every time I wear it a get lots of comments from people saying they love it. X

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