Fashion sense counts for residents during G20 protests

Dressing for G20 protests is tricky. Look too corporate and you mightbe paint-bombed. Dress like a militant protester, you run the risk ofbeing tear gassed.

Dressing for G20 protests is tricky. Look too corporate and you might be paint-bombed. Dress like a militant protester, you run the risk of being tear gassed.

But have a stylist help you, you look fabulous.

“If you’re leading (these protests) and you know pictures are being taken of you, why not look good?” said Kathryn McEwen, the general manager of Queen Street West boutique Fashion Crimes.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, former RCMP officer and security expert Chris Mathers had more conservative advice. “Don’t go,” he said. “That’s how you should dress.”
So many options.

If you’re the rabble-rousing, tear-gas-loving type who won’t be held back by mere warnings, synthetic fabrics are your best bet since tear gas sticks to natural fibres. Mathers said covering your face with a bandana is an indication to police that you could be trouble. He mused on advice for the protester looking to steer clear of police and militant attention.

“Plaid?” he offered. “I hate to think of people at home in their closet missing the protest because they can’t make a fashion decision.”

 
 
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