2018 marks the centenary of women's rights to vote. Pioneers of women's rights, the Suffragettes fought against the legal restrictions which restrained their participation to the public sphere. Much attention has been paid to their relentless bravery, but also worth noting, is their clever use of fashion as a political tool. 

Faced with accusations of unnatural manliness and hysteria by the early twentieth-century anti-suffrage press, Suffragettes made sure their outfits were resolutely feminine and put together: high collars, long skirts and laced-up boots were their everyday uniform outfits: 

British Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst

British Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst

Wide collar blouse€113, Olive Clothing 

Ruffle collar silk shirt, €89, &OtherStories

Suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst voting in December 2018

Suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst voting in December 2018

Sheer stripe midi dress, €89, &OtherStories

 High-neck lace midi dress€165.90, Y.A.S on Asos 

John Galliano Spring/Summer 19

John Galliano Spring/Summer 19

Lace up boot€103, Office 

Chunky lace-up boot€39.99, New Look

Helena Bonham Carter as Edith Ellyn in movie Suffragette

Helena Bonham Carter as Edith Ellyn in movie Suffragette

Check coat, €89.95, Zara

Unstructured wool-blend coat€119.99, Mango

Enamel pin£7.00, Literary Emporium 

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