Heading to the Polls Early? Make Sure to Dress Comfortably

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Ahead of next week’s pivotal presidential election, early voters are showing up to the polls in record-breaking numbers. The impressive turnout, however, has also meant long lines in many states. In New York, for example, some early voters have reported waiting in line for five or more hours. That, obviously, can be frustrating, but it’s never been so important to withstand waiting in a long line. So in addition to making a voting plan, you may want to also make sure you’re dressed for the occasion—rain, shine, or otherwise. 

Before you head to the polls, here are a few helpful things you should know: First, and foremost, make sure you’re at the correct polling place. The last thing you want to do is wait for hours at the wrong precinct only to be turned away. You can find your assigned voting poll by entering your address into Vote.orgs location tool here. Don’t forget that elections have a dress code, which means you can also be turned away for what you’re wearing. The rules vary state by state, but a good rule of thumb is to avoid wearing merchandise that supports any particular candidate. And then there are the more practical considerations of what to wear. Put on your comfiest shoes, keep an umbrella in hand, and, of course, make sure you keep yourself and others safe by wearing a mask.

Below are some more helpful suggestions on what to wear to stay warm and dry, along with some handy accessories to make the wait a bit more tolerable.

The Comfortable Shoes

No matter how long the lines may be, you’ll be well-prepared in a comfortable shoe. If there’s bad weather in the forecast, go for a no-fuss waterproof boot. If not, slip on your favorite sneakers, loafers, or ballet flats.

Everlane the rain boot

$75

EVERLANE

COS square toe ballerina shoes

$150

COS

J.Crew x New Balance Comp 100 sneaker

$75

J.CREW

M.Gemi the Sacca Donna suede

$248

M.GEMI

The Layering Essentials

A lightweight sweater will keep you feeling comfortable throughout the day, and can easily be layered with other pieces of clothing.

AGOLDE cotton jersey sweatshirt

$140

NET-A-PORTER

Entireworld loop back sweatshirt

$88

ENTIREWORLD

L.L.Bean signature cotton funnelneck sweater

$109$85

L.L. BEAN

Mango polo style sweater

$60

MANGO

The Weatherproof Jackets

Protect yourself from the elements by choosing a jacket that can stand up to any type of weather. For extra coverage grab one with a hoodie, just in case it rains.

Rains long jacket

$125

RAINS

Sam Edelman four-pocket hooded raincoat

$150$120

NORDSTROM

Semicouture checked trench coat

$326

FARFETCH

Sutterheim Stockholm raincoat

$295

OLIVELA

The Mask

To protect yourself and others, wear a mask and continue to practice social distancing.

Black Halo houndstooth face mask

$35

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE

Eugenia Kim pleated face mask

$22

ZAPPOS

Rag & Bone the multi pleat mask

$30$20

RAG & BONE

Fraas floral-print face mask

$22

BLOOMINGDALE’S

The Extras

You’ll be prepared for anything by packing a portable charger, umbrella, water bottle, and headphones in your bag.

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H4 wireless headphones

$300

NEIMAN MARCUS

Larq double walled self sanitizing water bottle

$95

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE

Eddie Bauer auto open/close umbrella

$30$15

EDDIE BAUER

Luxtude ultra slim portable charger

$15

AMAZON