Although I'm not an American, myself and the rest of the world seemingly can't help but get caught up in all the excitement. Heck, I even want to stock up on Bernie Sanders clothes and accessories with which to show my support for a candidate whose democratic socialist views resonate with my own. I'm feeling the Bern, and I make no apologies for that.
Of course, half the reason I want some Sanders merchandise is down to how cool and fun the designs are. Just a quick scroll through Etsy left me seriously impressed with the creativity and talent of those taking their support for the Democratic candidate and creating something entirely new in order to express said solidarity.
This kind of fan worship simply doesn't happen when it comes to British elections. We tend to prefer being angry on Twitter and sometimes sticking a small sign in our windows. The circus surrounding American elections is not only intriguing, but enough to make me wish I could get involved.
Maybe I will take the plunge and order some novelty Sanders T-shirts for my wardrobe and hope that people get the reference. My advice to everyone else is to take advantage of the wonderfully OTT media coverage of this election and invest in some unique political earrings, at least. Here are my 21 favorite items on the market.
1. Bernie Sanders Is Magical T-Shirt
Bernie Sanders Is Magical T-Shirt, $14.99, etsy.com/forshirtssake
The kind of paradise Sanders is offering with his political policies is pretty magical, IMO.
2. Bernie Heart Pin
Bernie Heart Pin, $11, etsy.com/hooptedoodle
A simple, cute pin that you can attach to any outfit is irreplaceable.
3. Bern It Up T-Shirt
Bern It Up T-Shirt, $15, etsy.com/irreverenthouse
If you're not using the presidential election to buy a load of novelty T-shirts, what's the point of having a presidential election in the first place?
4. Life Of Bernie T-Shirt
Life Of Bernie T-Shirt, $25, etsy.com/dylanmurphy
If you want to simultaneously shout-out Kanye West and Bernie Sanders, this one's for you.
5. Feel The Bern Underwear
Feel The Bern Underwear, $10, etsy.com/lovermont802
These are just too funny. They're not about trying to be sexy with your politics. They're just practical.
6. Bernie Sanders Corset
Bernie Sanders Corset, $195, etsy.com/electradesigns
Not to celebrate the waist training fad per se, but this corset would go perfectly with your brand new Bernie Sanders underwear.
7. Vote For Bernie T-Shirt
Vote For Bernie T-Shirt, $22, etsy.com/thetshirtjunkie
Get those Napoleon Dynamite vibes with this throwback T-shirt.
8. Feminist Bernie Sanders T-Shirt
Bernie Sanders Feminist T-Shirt, $16.99, etsy.com/realrebel
This is a shout-out to your social justice side while supporting probably the most social justice-orientated candidate.
9. Bernie Sanders Bow Tie
Bernie Sanders Bow Tie, $7.99, etsy.com/thewagamuffinsshop
With free shipping, there's no reason not to get this super patriotic bow tie.
10. Bernie Sanders Metal T-Shirt
Bernie Sanders Metal T-Shirt, $18.99, etsy.com/thecraftedthreads
You don't even have to ruin your goth aesthetic to feel the Bern. Represent both interests with this awesome T-shirt.
11. Bernie Sanders Photo Collage T-Shirt
Bernie Sanders Photo Collage T-Shirt, $24.99, etsy.com/subliworks
How better to show off your adoration for Sanders than by wearing a collage of his face?
12. Bernie Sanders Silk Scarf
Bernie Sanders Silk Scarf, $52, etsy.com/wearthebernscarves
This is a subtler way of saying that you're feeling the Bern.
13. "Hotline Bling" Bernie Sanders Cap
Hotline Bling Bernie Sanders Cap, $19.99, etsy.com/braindeadcaps
If you don't immediately buy this cap, all your cool points will be officially revoked.
14. Gray Unisex Bernie Sanders Sweatshirt
Gray Unisex Bernie Sanders Sweatshirt, $20, etsy.com/burntthreadz
Comfortable, simple, and you could totally buy it for your partner and then just keep it for yourself.
15. Bernie Sanders Hippie T-Shirt
Bernie Sanders Hippie T-Shirt, $18.90, etsy.com/smartapparel
Throw it back to the '60s with this hippie, dippy, and trippy T-shirt.
16. Bernie Sanders Temporary Tattoos
Bernie Sanders Temporary Tattoos, $14.50, etsy.com/landofskytattoos
Just in case anything goes wrong, I'd recommend not getting permanent Sanders ink just yet. That means these temporary tattoos will be the perfect replacement until you can get the real thing. Plus, they're just really fun!
17. Bernie To The Future T-Shirt
Bernie To The Future T-Shirt, $14.99, etsy.com/forshirtssake
This shirt is just ideal.
18. Bernie Sanders Leggings
Bernie Sanders Leggings. $54, etsy.com/hahagreat
These dream-colored leggings could be the perfect solution for anyone who prefers a plain tee and a patterned leg look. Celebrate Sanders on every limb!
19. Bernie Sanders Socks
Bernie Sanders Socks, $9.99, etsy.com/beaconsockco
Get ready for leg-baring weather and show off these amazing Sanders socks.
20. Futurama Bernie Sanders Sweatshirt
Futurama Bernie Sanders Sweatshirt, $32, etsy.com/kippcreations
As a massive Futurama fan, I definitely let out a little scream when I saw this. It's available in six colors, so you have no excuse not to cop this brilliant sweatshirt.
21. The Bernie Beanie
The Bernie Beanie, $35, etsy.com/ariannasoloway
With that name, you just have to get ahold of this awesome hat.
Perhaps it's a little weird that this British woman took so much time to look at (and drool over) these amazing Bernie Sanders clothing and accessories. Regardless, I'm glad to provide the service to Sanders fans so they know that such cool ways to show support exist.
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