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  • Writer's pictureHYSTERIA BY GIRLONFILM

Ironicism and Button Pins


Fashion trends have a remarkable way of evolving and reinventing themselves over time. One trend that is set to make a comeback is the use of button pins with slogans as statement accessories.


Fashion History: The Button Pin Trend


Button pins have been around for centuries, but recently I’ve been obsessed with them. These pins are typically small, round (or sometimes large) pieces of metal with a pin back that can be attached to clothing. They often feature slogans or images, and they can be used to express personal beliefs, and political views, or simply to add a touch of personality to an outfit.


Button pins, also known as badges or pins, have a long-standing history as a means of self-expression and identification. The origins of this trend can be traced back to the 18th century when lapel pins were used to signify political affiliations or social statuses. Over time, button pins evolved to encompass a wide range of themes, from political statements to pop culture references, allowing individuals to showcase their interests and beliefs.


Button pins have held significant cultural importance throughout history. They became particularly prominent during political movements, serving as symbols of solidarity, dissent, or support. In the 1960s and 1970s, button pins were embraced by counterculture movements, such as the hippie and punk movements, as a means of expressing nonconformity and challenging societal norms.


In addition to their cultural significance, button pins became fashion accessories in their own right. In the 1980s and 1990s, they were popularized by music bands and fans as collectible items. From punk rock to grunge, button pins became an integral part of the aesthetic, allowing individuals to personalize their clothing and display their musical tastes.


The Button Pin Revival


I’m predicting now that button pins will make a resurgence as a fashion trend (and it’s not just because I’ve been obsessed with them). This is likely due to a number of factors, including the increasing popularity of vintage clothing. By adding an array of button pins with slogans, individuals can inject personality and make a bold statement through their accessories. Button pins are a great way to show off your personality and make a statement, and they can be easily added to any outfit. One of the key appeals of button pins is their versatility. They can be mixed and matched, layered, or rearranged to suit different outfits or moods. It provides a bridge between the past and the present, allowing individuals to pay homage to iconic fashion movements while adding a contemporary twist.


One way that button pins will be worn as a fashion trend is on leather jackets and purses.


Leather jackets are classic pieces of clothing that can be dressed up or down, and they provide a great canvas for button pins. You can choose pins that match the style of your jacket, or you can use them to make a bold statement. For example, you could wear a pin with a slogan on it or an ironic saying.


Purses are another great way to wear button pins. They are a more subtle way to show off your personality, and they can be easily changed out to match your outfit. You could choose pins that match the color of your purse, or you could choose pins with images that reflect your interests. I made a bunch of different button pins and I’ve been putting them on different bags I’ve been wearing.


In conclusion, the inevitable revival of button pins with slogans will mark a return to the practice of using fashion as a form of self-expression. With their rich history and cultural significance, button pins will have transcended mere accessories to become powerful symbols of personal identity. By adorning leather jackets and purses with button pins, individuals can create a personalized style statement that combines versatility, nostalgia, and individual expression.


So, curate your collection of button pins now.

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