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#PantsuitNation is a secret invite-only Facebook group for Hillary Clinton fans

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As America prepares to elect its 45th President, a secret Facebook group is encouraging voters to wear a pantsuit to the polls in honour of Hillary Clinton.

The Pantsuit Nation group, created by Libby Chamberlain following the final Presidential debate, has grown to two million members in the space of two weeks.

Libby originally invited 40 friends to participate in the group with the aim of sharing inspiring stories and encouraging others to vote. Those friends invited other Clinton supporters – allowing the group to grow while remaining supportive and free of political debate.

“We share stories about our grandparents, our children, and our families,” Chamberlain told Vox. “We support each other during this highly contentious election season and have created a refuge from the vitriol that is sweeping the nation.”

The pantsuit – Hillary’s iconic trouser suit – has become an unlikely symbol of hope during the last few weeks of the 2016 election campaign.

Last Friday, Beyonce donned a polka dot pantsuit for Clinton’s #GetOutTheVote concert in Cleveland, Ohio. Meanwhile, many women are choosing to wear a white version to the polls in honour of the suffragette movement.

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At the start of October, a flash mob of pantsuit wearing dancers took over New York’s Union Square to perform “a dance founded in unity, love, and inclusivity”.

The event, called Pantsuit Power, saw just under 200 dancers suit up in brightly coloured blazers and coordinating trousers.

Our advice? Keep an eye on the #PantsuitNation hashtag today to catch the best and brightest trouser suits heading to the polls.

Images: Rex Features

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Helen Booth is a London-based writer, digital editor and part-time maker who loves interiors, crafts and keeping tabs on trends. She also co-founded the weekly newsletter Lunch Hour Links.

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