The Black Panther Party (BPP) was not only an essential part of the movement that advocated for African Americans on social and political issues. It was also an influential movement in terms of dress code. According to Black Power in American memory, “One of the first things you would notice about members of the BPP was their standard uniform: a black leather jacket, black pants, powder blue shirts, black beret, an afro, dark sunglasses, a fist in the air and a militant-like feel.”
(Image Source: Black Power In American memory – http://blackpower.web.unc.edu/2017/04/the-uniform-of-the-black-panther-party/)
The leather jacket was one of the most crucial piece of the uniform. It was an adorned symbol of power the panther has. The beret was also an important part of the attire. Black Power also mentions that when a BPP member was asked what the beret meant they said “Because they were used by just about every struggler in the third world. They’re sort of an international hat for the revolutionary.”
One thing is certain, the Black Panther Party uniform is not only a look that made the party noticeable back then. It is still an iconic look that still resonates in some black people today
The black leather jacket has been a timeless fashion piece. When coupled with the beret, it oozes the same energy the Black Panther Party had back in the day. During the release of the most anticipated film, Black Panther, some local celebrities were dressed in this regalia.
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The look is not restricted to the standard black color. We have seen some colorful variations with the idea still being the same and we are here for that.
(Image Source: Yoliswa Mqoco – https://www.instagram.com/p/BcEgIl9lGYH/?hl=en&taken-by=yoliswa_xo)
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