Gift Guide: Outfits that make a StatementFor the defiant feminist in your life

I’m into outfits that do the talking for me. I always have been—ask my mom who couldn’t get me out of band t-shirts for all of the early 2000s—but now I’m repping misandry and feminism.

I believe that the right outfit for almost all occasions is a pair of good ankle boots or high-tops, leggings, a green army jacket, a watch, and a graphic tee with the most defiant (preferably feminist) message possible on it. I like to confuse and alarm as much as possible with my look, and I’ve found that topping all that off with some retro winged eyeliner and a high ponytail does wonders.

All of this is because more than I want people to look at me and say, “She looks cool,” I want people to look at me and say, “Damn, I better not mess with her.” Trying to holler at me? Not when you see what my t-shirt says, bro. Telling me to smile more? Nope! Going to “All Lives Matter” me? No, you are not.

Check out these gifts for the defiant feminist in your life. (Or perhaps just for yourself? Buying gifts for myself from a holiday gift guide is definitely something I would do.) Click on any photo to go to the link!

This shirt is a really good pre-emptive response to any number of unwelcome social interactions. This shirt comes from Tatyana Fazlalizadeh’s fantastic “Stop Telling Women to Smile” public art project, and proceeds help support the continuing production of the work.


This crop top says a lot in a few words, and in combination with rolling your eyes and crossing your arms, its message is unmistakable.


Be like this hero teen and show up to all your holiday events letting your people know what you believe in. Or gift them to your family members to start a conversation about the importance of #BlackLivesMatter. The proceeds from this shirt are donated to Black Lives Matter Los Angeles.


Every purchase from the Satanic Temple’s online store supports the good work they’re doing all over the country—this shirt supports their Reproductive Rights campaigns that are going up against laws that restrict women’s reproductive autonomy. If Satanic Feminism is wrong, I don’t wanna be right!


Boy, bye!


Speaking of the Queen, may I introduce you to this shirt? Issa Rae wore it on Insecure! Middle fingers up!

And continuing on that same theme:


And if you need some flair to accesorize your (ahem, I meant your friend’s) look, I’ve got a few ideas for you, there, too:

Like this Rihanna bandana featuring a few of her favorite things.


Or this lil pin from our friends at Autostraddle.

Keep your cute footsies warm in these socks this cold winter! Fifteen percent of proceeds are donated to UN Women.

Happy feminist holidays!


by Dahlia Balcazar
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Dahlia Balcazar was a senior editor at Bitch Media, the co-host of the podcast Backtalk, and the host of the live show Feminist Snack Break. She’s passionate about horror films, ’90s music, girl gangs, and Shirley Jackson. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

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