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The Week in Women: Hijabi fashion hits the mainstream, female soldiers get suited up, and a nude parade comes to San Francisco

A Marine Corps female recruit adjusts her Kevlar helmet. (Stephen Morton/Getty Images)

Harness your inner Wintour, because it was a very sartorial week in news. From hijabs, to army gear, clothes (and occasionally a lack thereof) were all over the headlines. Let’s take a look back.

The Japanese brand Uniqlo has brought a 99-piece line of hijabs and other modest attire to the United States. British designer Hana Tajima created scarves, skirts, blouses, kebayas and pants for the 2016 UNIQLO x Hana Tajima collection, which was released in Southeast Asia last year and is now available online and in select U.S. stores. It is, in our humble opinion, a lovely collection. But good luck finding the pieces amidst Uniqlo’s never-ending, psychedelic vortex of reasonably priced polos.

And in other hijab news: the Afghan women’s soccer team has received new uniforms with built-in head coverings. Danish sportswear company Hummel unveiled the uniforms, complete with integrated hijabs, this week in celebration of International Woman’s Day. The gear allows players to keep their heads covered, if they choose, while freeing them from bulky headscarves. Former Afghan Lions captain Khalida Popal, a founding member of the country’s first women’s soccer team, worked closely with Hummel to develop the new style. “It was a huge honor to captain my country,” she told the company, “but it was an even bigger honor to be seen as a role model and an inspiration for thousands of young girls and women in Afghanistan.”

The Pentagon is testing a new set of combat gear designed specifically for women. The armor in question has a pelvic protection system, along with increased protection of the abdomen, inner thighs, buttocks, and genitals. Until now, female soldiers have been issued gear designed for men. Standard groin protectors in particular are manufactured to shield external organs, which is not particularly helpful if you possess ovaries. Thanks to ever-pervasive bureaucratic processes, the new gear is only likely to become available in 2019. But considering that it took the army several centuries to open all combat roles to women, things are moving at lightning speed.

Clothes are great, but sometimes a girl just wants to throw everything off and march naked down the street. And in San Francisco, at least, that is a very viable possibility. Despite issuing a ban on public nudity, the city has granted a permit to the Nude Women’s Day Parade, which will be held on March 20. According to its website, the event aims to “support women and to help create an environment where women can feel safe nude in public.” Because why stop at Free The Nipple?

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