There is not a single piece of this outfit that is mine… heck, 50% of the time when you look at what I’m wearing in a post at least one aspect of my outfit will have been borrowed. I’m a college student! I can’t afford to be buying new clothes all the time and yet I love putting together new outfits. It’s the ultimate struggle. I feel like there is this stigma that we can’t borrow our friend’s clothes or that our closets have to be full of the perfect outfits but that is such a lie spoken from a materialistic culture. I used to rely upon my mother’s closet to finish up an outfit and now that I’m at school I’ve found friends whose style fits with my own and we share stuff all the time.
“I feel like there is this stigma that we can’t borrow our friend’s clothes or that our closets have to be full of the perfect outfits but that is such a lie spoken from a materialistic culture.”
There is this new trend in fashion called Project 333 where you only keep 33 pieces of clothing including shoes and accessories and then you swap it out with new clothes every three months. It’s a way to save money, avoid excess shopping, and also, get rid of all the unnecessary stuff you have lying around. Now, that is an extreme way of living and I know it is not for everyone (especially me) but there are aspects of it that I really like and I take a lot of tips from. One of them being, you don’t have to keep buying new clothes all the time or a new dress for every event. Find a community of women who’s style you like and who are around the same size as you and create a way of freely sharing clothes.
My sister’s hallway at her college has got it figured out. They are so open to sharing clothing that sometimes she is comfortable going into one of their rooms when they aren’t even there to grab a sweater or a dress to complete her outfit. Obviously, it has to be with people you trust but believe me, people are way more willing to share clothing than you think. For one, it is such a compliment when people like your style enough to want to borrow something, and two, every single girl has looked at her full closet and thought, ‘I have nothing to wear.’ We all know the feeling and as women we should come together and help a sister out.
“Every single girl has looked at her full closet and thought, ‘I have nothing to wear.’ We all know the feeling and as women we should come together and help a sister out.”
I am so excited to be living with my best friend Irene, and a couple other women, next year. On top of being one of my favorite people ever, Irene and I have the exact same style and are the exact same size. (In fact, most people think we are sisters and/or life-long friends on this campus so that’s cool) So essentially, next year we will have one amazing closet and I couldn’t be happier about it. Irene and I have even been debating pitching in to buy one dress that we both adore and could share next year. It’s not weird use someone else’s clothing. Why do you think thrift shops have been so successful recently? People look up to celebrities and designers for fashion tips, to use as inspirations and then try and recreate it in their own wardrobe. Why can’t someone we look up to in fashion be our best friends? Then, we can recreate the outfit by actually borrowing a piece from the original source and it’s free; that’s a win-win situation.
I got so many compliments on this outfit, it’s insane. I used to be so worried that people would know that I borrowed something or that I recreated an outfit I saw on one of my friends the day before. But, then I realized… nobody actually cares. If you look cute, you look cute and honestly, when people find out that you created something fashionable inexpensively they are usually more impressed with you. It’s pretty awesome. Don’t be afraid to ask your friends to borrow a dress for a dance, heck if they’ve worn it once they probably won’t wear it again anyways! I’m a huge proponent for creating a better community of women who support each other in our society, and sharing clothing is just one way to start creating that kind of community. Us women have to stick together and I’m so grateful to have fashionable, and holy, women in my life to support me in my mission. I’m so excited to see the beauty that I create with their help.
Outfit of the Week:
The whole outfit, literally down to the purse, was from the closet of Irene Wilson
Song Recommendations of the Week:
From the Cold – Cody Fry (I just discovered this song… It’s absolutely beautiful and you should all definitely listen to it)
The Goodness of the Lord – Travis Ryan
Everybody Just Wants to Dance – Kris Allen