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Move over, Mickey — Minnie Mouse is wearing the pants now, and some fans are furious

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By Nicole Lyn Pesce

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What’s more, this isn’t the first time that Minnie has been depicted in pants, which some other folks pointed out. 

Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez, co-creators of the fashion and pop culture blog TomandLorenzo.com , had some more constructive criticism about the look itself. 

“While I don’t think it’s going to destroy the fabric of society, I do think Minnie’s pantsuit is pretty drab and slightly over-designed,” reads a tweet from their official account. “Needs more contrast and fewer lines. Get rid of the pocket bows or move them to the shoes.” 

“If Minnie is looking for a new look in the U.S., she might want to opt for wide-leg yoga pants,” suggested Maria Rugolo, apparel analyst at the NPD Group. Her data showed that pants gained market share in the U.S. while dresses lost share in 2021 compared to 2019 — a trend largely driven by a boost in sales of activewear like yoga pants and sweatpants that became pandemic staples as people spent more time at home.

The women’s pantsuit has a revolutionary history, which could explain why so many people are reading so much into the new look. American women were getting arrested for wearing pants as recently as the 1930s , just over a decade after (white) U.S. women were given the right to vote. While Coco Chanel first introduced her “signature suit” in 1923, which featured a knee-length skirt and wool button-down jacket, French designer Marcel Rochas has been credited with first pairing pants with women’s suits in 1932.

From there, other designers like Yves Saint Laurent began playing with different versions of the women’s pantsuit, which became a staple in the wardrobes of 1930s and 1940s actress Marlene Dietrich, Katherine Hepburn, Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton and Vice President Kamala Harris (who often paired hers with Chuck Taylors on the campaign trail.) 

Pantsuits and jumpers have also become familiar looks on red carpets once dominated sweeping ball gowns. 

But many people remain resistant to change, especially when it involves a beloved character. Just last week, the M&Ms came under similar scrutiny after the iconic chocolate treat that’s part of the privately-held Mars, Inc. portfolio announced that it’s offering a “fresh, modern take” on its colorful characters that underscores “the importance of self-expression.” 

Read more: The green and brown M&Ms swap sexy heels for comfier shoes in a controversial brand makeover

The most visible changes included the green M&M kicking off her white go-go boots for a pair of sneakers, while the brown M&M switched from stilettos to a more practical pair of pumps. This was part of highlighting the character’s personalities instead of their gender,  the company says , and making the mascots “more inclusive, welcoming, and unifying.” And it also got plenty of tongues wagging.

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