(photography by Brooke Helstrom)
I have never been one of those “leggings aren’t pants” people, but I also never have worn leggings to class before. Maybe it dates back to high school, when our monthly dress-down days were holy days in my mind (I wouldn’t dare waste them on a pair of leggings), or maybe it’s just because I like to torture myself with picking out more interesting outfits in the morning. After our 90 degree week last week, two days of rain drove the temperatures way down and drove my need for comfy clothes in my 8am classes way up. So mark this day in your calendars, folks: on Thursday, February 18th, Meg reached for her leggings instead of her favorite high rise jeans, and had the most comfortable 8am class she has had all semester. Minus the rain on my walk to economics class at approximately 7:56am, today was a good day.
Sustainability & Style
One of my favorite parts of my days off at camp is thrift shopping in Burlington. There’s this incredible thrift store/vintage shop called Downtown Threads that I probably visit 12+ times in my 9 weeks in Vermont. It’s that good. I scored this crazy midi wrap skirt, this leather skirt, and this denim jacket, among other things. I don’t know whether it’s the plethora of granola pieces or the entire rack dedicated to high waisted shorts, but I feel at peace in that store.
It is estimated that one pair of jeans requires 2500 gallons of water and a pound of chemicals to create. That’s absolutely insane. Hopefully that statistic alone will inspire you to take the fate of your ready-to-part-with denim seriously. If it isn’t, read more here. Whether they be jeans, jackets or vests, you can post your denim items on Poshmark or donate them to a thrift or vintage store so they can have second lives. And in terms of shopping for denim, look in second-time-around stores first. While it may not be completely reasonable to sift through racks upon racks of jeans in a thrift store to find a pair that fits you just right, denim jackets are perfect used/pre-loved items to look for. They always look good – cropped or long, loose or tailored, distressed or in-tact. And you’re more likely to find unique pieces in thrift stores, like the bright blue wash and interesting buttons on my jacket. Thrifting can be oh so exciting, and it’s great for ~sustainable~ things like diverting textile waste and saving water!
Another Spotify discovery, “Vintage” by High Drive Heart. It’s catchy, upbeat and unique and it’s a perfect pick-me-up for this middle of the week slump everyone at USC seems to have. “You’re the pair of Chucks I never wanna take off / The beat the DJ can’t help but drop / You’re Mona Lisa makes my heart stop”