A quick guide on how to spot the secret signals of far right fashion. This can be useful for avoiding unwanted attention and for safety.
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In recent years, the style of the far right has moved from the street and into the mainstream. This was most clearly seen in the 2016 US presidential election, when white nationalists and self-proclaimed Nazis proudly displayed their symbols in public without fear of retribution.
But while the public face of far-right fashion has become more brazen, the movement has also developed a number of covert ways to communicate through style. This guide will teach you how to spot some of the secret signals of far-right fashion.
The Far-Right Aesthetic
The far-right has developed a pretty distinctive aesthetic over the years, one that is easily recognizable once you know what to look for. Here are some of the most common elements of far-right fashion:
1. Military-style clothing: This can include camouflage pants, combat boots,Flight jackets, and bomber jackets.
2. Traditional gender roles and clothing: This includes so-called “men’s clothes” for men and “women’s clothes” for women. For example, men might wear suits and ties, while women might wear skirts and dresses.
3. Symbols and iconography associated with the far-right: This can include Nazi symbolism, Confederate flags, and other white supremacist imagery.
4. Clothing that represents a specific far-right group or movement: This can include clothing associated with the alt-right, neo-Nazis, white nationalists, and more.
When it comes to fashion, the far right has a very specific look. From the “uniform” of all-black clothing to symbols like the Celtic cross, there are certain items of clothing and jewelry that can be associated with white nationalists and other extremists.
Of course, not everyone who wears black clothes or has a Celtic cross tattoo is a neo-Nazi. But these items have become associated with the far right, and spotting them can be a useful way to identify potential extremists.
Here are some of the most common far-right fashion items:
All-black clothing: The all-black “uniform” is a staple of the far-right look. It’s often seen as a way to show solidarity with fellow members and to intimidate outsiders.
Military-style clothing: Many far-right activists have adopted military style clothing, including camouflage pants, combat boots, and bomber jackets. This style of dress is often seen as masculine and aggressive, and it’s intended to make far-right members look like an intimidating force.
Celtic cross tattoos: The Celtic cross is a symbol that has been adopted by many white nationalists and other far-right extremists. It’s often used as a way to identify fellow members, and it can be found on clothing, jewelry, and even body art.
Flaming A tattoos: The flaming A is another popular far-right symbol that stands for “anarchy.” It’s often used by white nationalists as a way to show their opposition to government authority. Like the Celtic cross, it can be found on clothing, jewelry, and body art.
Iron Cross tattoos: The Iron Cross is a German military decoration that was appropriated by the Nazis during World War II. It’s since been adopted by many white supremacists and other far-right extremists as a symbol of white power.
The “look” of the alt-right is surprisingly hard to define, in part because it’s constantly evolving. But there are some styles and trends that are popular among far-right activists, and which can help you spot them in a crowd.
The most common style is what’s known as “preppy white.” This look is based on the traditional clothing worn by wealthy White people, and includes button-down shirts, khaki pants, and loafers. The preppy white look is often accessorized with symbols of the alt-right, such as Trump campaign gear or hate symbols like the Confederate flag.
Another common style is “gothic lolita.” This look is based on the Japanese fashion subculture of the same name, and includes Victorian-style dresses and skirts, heavy makeup, and elaborate hairstyles. Gothic lolita has been co-opted by the alt-right as a way to express their dark and twisted worldview.
Finally, there is the ” Nazi chic” look popular among some members of the alt-right. This style takes cues from traditional Nazi uniforms, including military jackets and pants, polished boots, and red armbands with swastikas. While not all members of the alt-right dress like this, those who do often use it as a way to shock and intimidate people.
When it comes to fashion, the far right has a few “brands” that are easily identifiable. For instance, the Norse clothing company Thor Steinar was once favored by neo-Nazis in Europe but has since rebranded itself. Another popular brand among the far right is Lonsdale, which is a British clothing company that has been associated with skinhead and white supremacist groups.
The far right has a distinctive style which has been described as “a kind of aesthetics of ugliness”. It includes features such as:
-A celebration of traditional masculinity and the denigration of feminine values
-A focus on physical strength, fitness and violence
-A rejection of consumerism and materialism
-An obsession with racial purity and national/ethnic identity
-A love of military uniforms and equipment
-A preference for natural or “un polluted” environments
-An interest in folk or “blood and soil” cultures
This style is often called the “lifestyle” because it is seen as a way of life rather than just a fashion statement. It is also seen as a way to show commitment to the far right cause.
While the tools and hairstyles of the alt-right might be inspired by skinhead culture, they’ve been repurposed for a new purpose: to signal far-right political beliefs. This use of style as a form of political expression is nothing new—think of the Black Panthers’ berets or hippies’ flower crowns—but it’s been taken to new extremes by the alt-right.
For example, one popular alt-right hairstyle is the “fashy” (short for “fascist”), a close-cropped haircut with sharply defined sideburns that resembles the style worn by many SS officers in Nazi Germany. The fashy has become so associated with white supremacists that neo-Nazis have started calling non-Nazis who wear the style “degenerates.”
The clothing worn by alt-righters also has coded meaning. One popular brand is Thor Steinar, a German company whose logo resembles a Nordic rune and whose clothes are popular among neo-Nazis (the company has been banned from several German soccer stadiums because of its associations with far-right extremism). Another is Brutal Antwerp, a Belgian streetwear brand that sells graphic t-shirts with slogans like “White Pride Worldwide” and “Pure Race.”
Finally, there are certain symbols and gestures that have been adopted by the alt-right to communicate their beliefs without saying a word. The most famous is the “OK” hand gesture, which has been appropriated as a white power symbol. Other common symbols include the ancient Norse rune known as the “tiwaz,” which has been coopted as a symbol of white European heritage, and the number 1488, which stands for “14 words” (a white nationalist slogan) and 88 (which stands for “Heil Hitler”).
There is no one-size-fits-all definition of “far-right fashion.” However, there are some common Threads and signals that can help you spot someone with far-right beliefs.
One common signal is an “attitude.” This can manifest itself in a number of ways, including a hostile or aggressive demeanor, a refusal to conform to social norms, or a general air of disdain for authority.
Some far-right individuals also adopt what they see as traditional gender roles and dress in a way that reflects this. This can include clothing that is seen as masculine or feminine, depending on the person’s beliefs.
Far-right individuals may also wear clothing that communicates their political beliefs. This can include T-shirts with far-right slogans or symbols, as well as clothing that reflects a specific far-right ideology such as white nationalism or anti-Semitism.
The “values” of the far right are often summarized as “patriotism, traditionalism, and populism.” To these we can add a fourth: a taste for violence. This is not to say that all people who espouse these values are violent; most are not. But a significant minority are, and they have been during almost every period of far-right activity. The recourse to violence is usually justified as a response to the (usually imaginary) violence of leftists and minorities. It is this taste for violence, more than anything else, that sets the far right apart from other political tendencies.
What does the future of far-right fashion look like? It’s hard to say for sure, but there are some clues.
For one thing, far-right groups are increasingly using social media to spread their ideas and connect with like-minded people. This means that we can expect to see more ” savvy” aesthetics that are designed to appeal to a wider audience.
In addition, we’re likely to see more DIY and independent brands popping up that cater to the far right. These brands will likely be less polished and more edgy than the big names in the fashion world, but they’ll have a strong sense of identity and purpose.
Finally, we can expect to see a continued embrace of traditional and “heritage” styles among the far right. This includes a focus on quality craftsmanship, an emphasis on natural materials, and a nostalgic reverence for the past.