How Fashion Sites Made the 2016 Election Story Their Own

Your inclination may be to stay the heck out of the election controversy. After all, you run a fashion blog, not a political site. And your instincts may very well be correct. But some fashion (mine included) sites opted to tackle the issue in their own way—by focusing on women, the workplace, community and, yes, fashion.

hillary-firsts-feed-cover-1400x600Here are some great examples of how fashion-centric sites covered the election issue in a way that fit with the tone of their site and moved the issues forward. There's plenty of inspiration to be had for the next time a political story crops up that's important to your audience—and with the state of civic affairs at the moment, you know it won't be long. (P.S. Did you know Hillary Clinton was the first first lady to win a Grammy?)

Man Repeller

I was particularly impressed with Leandra Medine's thoughtful commentary and even tone, especially considering she had to click “unpublish” on posts she had ready to go assuming Hillary Clinton's win.

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Forward After the Election

Would You Disown Your Parents for Voting Trump

Why Daughters Still Call Their Moms

Who What Wear

This is possibly the least political fashion site that I can think of, but they managed to capture the mood of the moment without being overtly political.

Michelle Obama's #1 Rule for Dressing

Michelle Obama's Fashion Choices Boil Down to This One Thing

The 10 Quotes Every Strong and Stylish Woman Needs to Read

Chill Celebrity Looks for When You Just Can't

Did You Catch the Symbolism of Hillary Clinton's Purple Suit?

Mother Mag

This stylish site for moms published a street style roundup (disclosure: I'm in there) and asked each of the women their thoughts on the results of the election, as well as a news roundup.

The Best Mama-Kiddie Street Style at West Coast Craft

The Motherlode 

Refinery 29

The site has an entire section devoted to Election 2016 coverage with too many posts to list, featuring everything from what it all means to the female workforce to the fears of undocumented immigrants attending college.

[Photo via HillaryClinton.com]

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About The Author

In addition to being editor at IFB, Kristen writes for Forbes, Eat, Sleep, Denim, and her own blog, Stylenik. Previously, she served as the San Francisco editor for Racked, covering the intersection of retail, fashion, and technology. She has written about everything from human cloning to luxury shopping for publications including Wired, Gizmodo, Refinery 29, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She lives in a '70s house in '70s clothes on the Northern California coast. 

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