Challenge Editors: Mason Leath and Mason Stempel
Difficulty Contributors: Adriana Guzman, Clayton Kincaide, James Pocchia, Haley Resnick, Ishaan Rai, Sofia Wills
Layout Workforce: Noa Bronicki, Tim Goh, Allie Yi, Natasha Leong and Sophie Liu
In this year’s Manner Problem, Georgetown College learners tell the tale of the campus community by way of dresses or components that are significant to them. Employing trend as a form of private expression, this assortment shares the tales and histories of Georgetown’s student overall body.
Contemplating Thrifty: How Secondhand Stores Contribute to Georgetown University student Fashion
For Ana Cajina, manager of area consignment shop Frugalista in Columbia Heights, the COVID-19 pandemic brought an inflow of a new purchaser demographic: school pupils.
I detest live performance goods. Commonly, the choice of merchandise — with rates ranging from $20 to the price of a kidney — scream ‘never dress in this in community,’ entire with the worthless tour date t-shirts in indecipherable font and hoodies with an ugly, overblown monitor-printed image of the artist. Having said that, when attending the tour for my favored band, Valley, I was not anticipating to stumble on the sweatshirt of my desires. Only embroidered in rainbow-styled letters, the sweatshirt includes a uncomplicated, poignant motto: I’ll be with you. The phrase is a lyric taken from Valley’s tune “Last Birthday,” which describes being fully commited to a friend or cherished a person no make a difference the situations. Especially in these past pair of yrs — when the earth feels like a stress cooker about to explode, and the light in no way looks to be at the conclude of the tunnel — I have found power in my friends that make existence well worth residing. I’ll be with you, even when I’m dwelling 15 hrs away from home even if it is 3 in the morning even if it requires all that I have to give. This is my guarantee of the human being I truly want to be, blemishes and all.
-Clayton Kincade (SFS ’25)
Whilst no for a longer time in its once pristine situation, this scarf will without end have huge this means in my daily life. Upon a fourth-quality purchasing excursion with my mom, I saw this scarf and, for some explanation, unbeknownst to me now, felt a sincere contacting to it and realized it had to be mine. Soon right after, the scarf immediately turned my superior luck attraction. I wore it on just about every initial working day of university, at winter season concerts and at discussion competitions. As the scarf proceeded to tatter at the hems and get rid of its vivid pink hue, it slowly but surely left my neck and uncovered its way to the base of my backpack, in which in advance of any important function, like using a test, I would reach down for the acquainted, comforting sense of the thin material. This scarf has proven to be so important that I even wrote about it in my software to Georgetown. Nonetheless really do not be fooled. You will not obtain this scarf confined to a dorm home closet. It stays at my property, but the sentiment stays. In advance of any check, you can nonetheless find me on the lookout at the photo of my scarf at the leading of my favorites in my camera roll. -Haley Resnick (COL ’23)
When I acquired my faux leather-based jacket final tumble, I was going as a result of a bit of an identity crisis. It was one of many apparel buys I designed at the time that entirely reshaped my wardrobe and my notion of myself. In a number of months, I went from a Madewell sweater-and-denims type of female to the form of particular person who wore a black leather jacket just about every working day of the week. That winter season, the leather jacket pressured me out of my ease and comfort zone: it gave me self-confidence in social situations that would ordinarily scare me and forced me to keep my head high when I walked down the street. Now, acquiring returned to campus, I am at the time again a Madewell sweater-and-denims type of woman, but I will usually have an edgier facet of myself to switch to when I put on the leather-based jacket.
-Emma Ginsberg (COL ’23)
I learned how to crochet in August of 2021, and about wintertime split I took on my most bold job still: a sheep sweater. I’d just acquired how to modify hues in the center of my crochet rows, and my speedy imagined was that I essential to have something vivid and fun for the dark wintertime days. What could be much more enjoyable than a small industry of sheep? The sweater grew above just about every spare minute in my day, from waiting around for Zoom class to start to correct in advance of I went to sleep each night. The night I finished the very last stitch, all 5 of my fantastic roommates (who’d been patiently looking at this process for weeks) emerged from their beds close to midnight to cheer as I tried out the concluded solution on. Hardly ever have I been so happy of anything at all I have produced. I’m nonetheless crocheting obsessively, but in terms of sheer joy in earning and wearing, nothing at all can defeat the sheep sweater.
-Elena Ergener (COL ’23)
So, I know what you could be considering: “It’s a wonderful sweater, certain, but is not it a little…basic?” And guaranteed, I would agree with that. My blue H&M sweater is not the flashiest or the most fascinating outerwear, but it serves its objective perfectly for me, and it has a degree of sentimental benefit that presents me convenience each time I have on it. My former nanny Soy, who aided acquire treatment of me for much of my childhood, acquired it for me as a Christmas reward previous calendar year, and so when I wear it I think of her, even as I’m a pair hundred miles away from my property in New York.
Fortunately, now that spring is below, I will not be needing to don quite a few sweaters, but anytime I do, I’m thankful that I have it, and I’m grateful to Soy.
-Ishaan Rai (SFS ’23)
This shirt was offered out to Boston Celtics followers at the Boston Backyard in 1993 to rejoice Larry Fowl, a basketball legend, who experienced retired from the Celtics the yr before. I, of system, wasn’t there to get one particular, but my uncle was he was a enormous Celtics enthusiast until he passed absent a couple yrs in the past (for all I know, he even now is a Celtics fan). I located this shirt when I was rummaging close to in his closet not extended right after he died, and considering the fact that I’m a significant Celtics enthusiast, also, I in a natural way had to steal it from him. I don’t put on it significantly — it is way far too big for me, and it is faded and filthy and stretched and has a little little bit of what I presume to be his dried blood proper over the word “Bird.” But its existence indicates my uncle’s presence, so there’s no way I can ever enable this raggedy old detail go.
-Ari Filler (SFS ’23)
My mother bought me this belt for my 20th birthday — the working day I returned house following staying away for the longest interval of my everyday living. I experienced been dwelling in Washington D.C. and operating in North Carolina, and my arrival to the attractive city of Charleston, S.C. was a individually prolonged awaited homecoming.
20 is a very long time to be alive, and I consider pulling as a result of the driveway I realized how a lot daily life I experienced lived due to the fact I moved out freshman yr. In that second, all the issues, people and gatherings of my time away from house wove by themselves collectively into a tapestry of memories and classes.
A number of minutes later on, I was opening presents when I received this belt patterned with palmetto trees. The palmetto tree is a a great deal stouter edition of its cousin the palm tree, and it is the image of Charleston’s surrounding areas, acknowledged as the lowcountry. I have constantly liked palmetto trees mainly because even nevertheless they can be whittled particularly skinny by the wind and sea, they even now stand sturdy. This belt reminds me of the resilience of the folks of the lowcountry, my home.
-Mason Leath (SFS ’24)
This t-shirt is, for me, a single of the meaningful parts of apparel I individual. The image and composing on the shirt reference the 2009 Pixar film “Up,” which I first watched in the film theater with my mother when I was 6 several years previous. Even as a boy or girl, this film captivated me I hardly ever realized right before that day how several emotions a single movie could elicit from me. To this working day, “Up” remains one particular of my and my mother’s most loved flicks of all time, and I credit score it as the movie that sparked my passion for cinema, as well as my fascination in environmental activism. And when I glimpse at this shirt, I am reminded of why I appreciate videos, how movies have influenced my lifetime and, potentially most importantly, that the genuine source of the pleasure I derive from films is the wonderful mom who took me to see “Up” in 2009. Thank you, Mother.
-James Pocchia (COL ’25)
Clothing have often been a supply of expression for me. I have constantly explained that finding out a adorable outfit will make you energized for the working day. I keep in mind this day vividly. This is the working day I went to The Women’s March. This is the working day I did the training for my CSJ Occupation. This is the working day I fulfilled 1 of my finest mates Ana. An outfit can be a monument if you make that. Every piece traveled across the entire world to get to me. My necklace, my sister purchased me in Mexico, my leading arrived from an Australian model, my skirt from a thrift shop in Virginia, my cardigan and footwear are from my area shopping mall in Arizona. This outfit traveled the world to get to me. Now I get to associate it with some of my most loved memories.
-Vivian Llanes (COL ’25)
Considering the fact that this blazer was handed down to me two years in the past, it has been the most sizeable piece of outfits in my wardrobe. It belonged to my excellent uncle, who wore it whilst he was on the discussion staff at higher education. He hardly ever acquired rid of it even as he got married to my great aunt and they lived jointly for a long time, it hung there quietly in his closet. In 2019, though, my good uncle had a significant stroke that despatched him to the medical center. Above time his condition has worsened significantly, to the stage that even today he has by no means been able to occur home. One particular working day in 2020, my excellent aunt made a decision to get the blazer out of the closet and bring it in excess of to our home, letting me test it on and telling me that it really should belong to me. Now each time I have on that blazer out at distinctive situations or even just see it hanging in my very own closet, it gives me a reminder to recognize my family members, along with all the other irreplaceable persons I get to be with day to day.
-Dane Tedder (COL ’24)
For months, I’d been talking about how I needed an embroidered denim jacket. And then a person day, my sister’s roommate came household donning this, and my sister was like ‘Oh my god, the place did you get it? I need to have that.’ Since it has my identify penned on it! She acquired it for my birthday and it is possibly my favored matter I individual. I form of despise the phrase ‘my aesthetic’ but this jacket is my aesthetic. I love daring styles and colours and previously mentioned all, nearly anything floral. I dress in a ton of attire in ordinary daily life that other persons could possibly consign to a formal function or a costume bash, and this jacket allows me to dress them down plenty of that they seem — if you are squinting — relaxed. 1 of the issues I most search forward to about spring is obtaining to wear it. I achieved my boyfriend in wintertime, and I actually felt he couldn’t completely realize me as a human being right up until I could dress in the jacket. The jacket is me.
-Liberty Phelan (COL ’23)