A protest within a protest is beginning to emerge in the Occupy Wall Street movement. One blogger–protester believes that this stand against greed and materialism would be strengthened if her comrades just pretended like they were into that kind of thing themselves. Andrea Chalupa suggests in her Huffington Post essay that the best way to beat the enemy is to dress like them:
When my friend and I met up last week to go to Occupy Wall Street, I wore my long flowing pin stripe skirt, a black-and-white vintage blouse, and a nude pair of shiny ballet flats. After the police brutality at the start of the occupation, dressing chic seemed both a fun and safe thing to do. If the NYPD tried to arrest me for marching, I would simply say, "Excuse me, I was on my way to Tiffany to buy a watch." If you look like you can spend money — even if you can't — they're more likely to leave you alone.
Despite appearances, the sartorial pressure on the ground is palpable:
We've reached a boiling point in needing to avoid the kind of world Orwell warned us about. And drastic times call for chic measures. Security officers will judge you as quickly as Vogue editorial assistants by what you wear.
Of course, if everyone starts dressing up like they work on Wall Street, it might be harder for people in the crowd to be like, "Don't mind me! Tiffany calls!"