A lot of old school trends are making a revival: Farm to table, ditching the fruity cocktails for neat scotch, and showing your affiliations with tangible buttons instead of screensavers. Buttons or “flair” have long been an affordable, easy and customizable way to show who you’re aligned with, who or what you adore, and allow you to personalize your goods from jackets to backpacks. They might be most aligned with political campaigns in some circles, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only arena for them.
The reality is that buttons are making a comeback, and it’s about time. Here are just a few of the reasons why they’re undergoing a “one more time” and how you can make the most of this trend. Get ready to get buttoned up:
1. They’re easy to make your own
Not only are they literally easy to make yourself, buttons are also a simple way to show off your personal taste. Technically considered an accessory many times, it’s one of the few ways students stuck with school uniforms showed off their unique side. Check out RealBuzz’s tips on standing out in a crowd, but don’t forget one of the easiest avenues.
2. They’re a fund DIY project
No matter how advanced technology gets, nothing compares to a fun DIY project. Making buttons is the kind of activity that’s soothing and fun for all ages, whether you do it with the kids or have a night of cocktails and button making frenzy. It trumps sitting in front of a screen any day.
3. They’re incredibly cheap
The thing about buttons is that there’s no great divide against cheap (quality) and luxury, so it’s all one and the same. You only need a few pieces of material and tools to get cracking. If you want more, BuzzFeed has some more ideas on fast, easy and cheap projects.
4. They’re ice breakers
As natural conversation starters, buttons can say for you what’s just awkward in many situations. You probably wouldn’t go up to a total stranger and ask who’ they’re voting for in the next election. However, your button will.
5. They’re the best way to accessorize
Even people who can’t stand the thought of simple earring studs or a plain ring band can get on board with buttons because they’re worn on your clothes, not your person. There’s no pinching, poking or chafing involved.
It’s time to get back on the bandwagon, and what better reason than election season?