Style In A Time Of Social Unrest

Peace, my style friends. I disappeared for a minute there because, honestly, I couldn’t find the words and needed to catch my breath. 2020 has created a perfect, terrible storm, from a pandemic disproportionately affecting my people to the heightened awareness of the longstanding systemic racism in this country. A perfect storm.

I considered tapping into my social policy background, but the truth is social change can be slow and agonizing. Laws can pass quickly when there are huge disruptions to the norm (like what we’re experiencing), but the structure of the current movements pose some unique challenges. I thought about doing the popular thing right now–highlighting black talent (which we do often here)–but that approach seemingly departs from the issues we’re facing.  So, what does one do?

I don’t have the answers. I do know, though, that our conversations about style have always served as an important connector. I know you because of our shared interest in style. At the very least, our connection has likely removed barriers that would’ve otherwise kept us strangers. With that awareness, I hope to continue to talk about style here.

Style in Social Unrest

What I’m wearing:

Shirt (similar) | Tube Top | Shorts (sold out, option, option)

Bag c/o (get $50 off with “ECONOMYOFSTYLE” code)

FedoraRed mudcloth mask | Braided slide sandals | Sunglasses | Anklet

Style in Social Unrest


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  1. Tara
    June 11, 2020 / 12:18 am

    Psyche, thank you as always for this post. I love your sense of style and your authenticity–it just shines through all you do. I am so sorry that so many people are in pain and have endured so much pain for so long. It’s terrible that we had to reach this tipping point (my heart breaks for the family and friends of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor…but there are so many other names, too)–but if there is anything good to come of us it’s that many others are FINALLY seeing the depth of systemic racism and its insidious effects across public health, education, housing, career opportunities, police brutality, voting rights, incarceration and more.

    Fellow white people: It’s not enough to claim to be nice, or not a racist. We all need to be actively anti-racist. And not just for a week, or a month, or a year. We have 400 years of systemic racism and violence and trauma to work through and this will take years.

    In the meantime, as I work to try to make things better, I will continue to come and visit my “friend” :). Psyche–if we ever get through this pandemic and you make your way to Seattle, I’d love to take my friend to coffee. Or maybe even a cocktail! Be well, and thank you again for all you do!

    • June 15, 2020 / 7:41 am

      Thank you so much for adding your insight. Well appreciated. I agree. Thank you as well for visiting, and of course, I’d love to connect if I’m in your area.

      • Tara
        June 15, 2020 / 5:30 pm

        Thank YOU, Psyche! Drinks (and vegan snacks –yes, I am a long-time reader) on me! Take good care! xoxo

        • June 15, 2020 / 9:33 pm

          Yass, Tara! You had me at vegan snacks. Done deal! 🙂

  2. Chiquita Brown
    June 25, 2020 / 10:02 am

    I love that I have discovered your site. I too am in higher education and I am astonished by the style or lack thereof of my colleagues. I appreciate the fact that your style choices are economical and work for all budgets.

    • June 26, 2020 / 5:02 pm

      Welcome, Chiquita! So happy you found this space.