Issue Editors: Mason Leath and Mason Stempel
Challenge Contributors: Adriana Guzman, Clayton Kincaide, James Pocchia, Haley Resnick, Ishaan Rai, Sofia Wills
Style Team: Noa Bronicki, Tim Goh, Allie Yi, Natasha Leong and Sophie Liu
In this year’s Style Situation, Georgetown College pupils explain to the story of the campus neighborhood by clothes or components that are significant to them. Working with manner as a variety of individual expression, this selection shares the tales and histories of Georgetown’s scholar system.
Thinking Thrifty: How Secondhand Retailers Contribute to Georgetown Scholar Style
For Ana Cajina, supervisor of area consignment store Frugalista in Columbia Heights, the COVID-19 pandemic brought an influx of a new buyer demographic: higher education college students.
I despise concert items. Usually, the range of goods — with rates ranging from $20 to the rate of a kidney — scream ‘never wear this in public,’ 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 preferred band, Valley, I was not anticipating to stumble upon the sweatshirt of my goals. Only embroidered in rainbow-styled letters, the sweatshirt contains a basic, poignant motto: I’ll be with you. The phrase is a lyric taken from Valley’s song “Last Birthday,” which describes keeping dedicated to a good friend or beloved a person no issue the circumstances. In particular in these previous pair of decades — when the planet feels like a tension cooker about to explode, and the light-weight by no means appears to be to be at the close of the tunnel — I have uncovered strength in my friends that make lifestyle really worth living. I’ll be with you, even when I’m residing 15 hrs absent from property even if it is a few in the early morning even if it requires all that I have to give. This is my guarantee of the individual I definitely want to be, blemishes and all.
-Clayton Kincade (SFS ’25)
Even though no lengthier in its once pristine condition, this scarf will without end possess huge this means in my everyday living. On a fourth-quality searching journey with my mom, I noticed this scarf and, for some cause, unbeknownst to me now, felt a sincere contacting to it and understood it had to be mine. Soon following, the scarf quickly became my very good luck appeal. I wore it on each individual very first working day of university, at wintertime concert events and at debate competitions. As the scarf proceeded to tatter at the hems and shed its vibrant pink hue, it slowly and gradually left my neck and found its way to the base of my backpack, wherever right before any significant occasion, like getting a check, I would access down for the common, comforting truly feel of the slim fabric. This scarf has verified to be so sizeable that I even wrote about it in my software to Georgetown. Yet do not be fooled. You will not find this scarf confined to a dorm room closet. It stays at my property, but the sentiment stays. Just before any exam, you can continue to discover me searching at the photograph of my scarf at the top rated of my favorites in my camera roll. -Haley Resnick (COL ’23)
When I purchased my faux leather jacket past fall, I was going by means of a little bit of an id crisis. It was just one of many clothing buys I produced at the time that absolutely reshaped my wardrobe and my perception of myself. In a few months, I went from a Madewell sweater-and-jeans form of woman to the variety of person who wore a black leather jacket each and every working day of the 7 days. That winter season, the leather-based jacket pressured me out of my comfort zone: it gave me self-assurance in social cases that would ordinarily scare me and forced me to keep my head superior when I walked down the avenue. Now, acquiring returned to campus, I am the moment all over again a Madewell sweater-and-jeans kind of woman, but I will often have an edgier facet of myself to change to when I place on the leather-based jacket.
-Emma Ginsberg (COL ’23)
I learned how to crochet in August of 2021, and over winter season crack I took on my most ambitious project but: a sheep sweater. I’d just realized how to transform shades in the middle of my crochet rows, and my speedy considered was that I needed to have a thing brilliant and enjoyable for the dark winter times. What could be additional enjoyable than a little subject of sheep? The sweater grew in excess of each individual spare instant in my working day, from waiting for Zoom class to commence to right before I went to snooze every single night. The evening I finished the final stitch, all five of my amazing roommates (who’d been patiently observing this process for weeks) emerged from their beds close to midnight to cheer as I experimented with the finished solution on. Hardly ever have I been so happy of anything at all I’ve made. I’m nonetheless crocheting obsessively, but in terms of sheer joy in earning and sporting, practically nothing can defeat the sheep sweater.
-Elena Ergener (COL ’23)
So, I know what you could possibly be considering: “It’s a good sweater, certain, but isn’t it a little…basic?” And confident, I would concur with that. My blue H&M sweater is not the flashiest or the most enjoyable outerwear, but it serves its function well for me, and it has a degree of sentimental worth that offers me ease and comfort any time I have on it. My previous nanny Soy, who aided choose treatment of me for significantly of my childhood, purchased it for me as a Xmas gift past calendar year, and so when I use it I consider of her, even as I’m a few hundred miles away from my home in New York.
Thankfully, now that spring is in this article, I won’t be needing to dress in a lot of sweaters, but when I do, I’m thankful that I have it, and I’m thankful to Soy.
-Ishaan Rai (SFS ’23)
This shirt was specified out to Boston Celtics fans at the Boston Backyard in 1993 to rejoice Larry Bird, a basketball legend, who experienced retired from the Celtics the yr right before. I, of system, was not there to get one, but my uncle was he was a huge Celtics admirer until eventually he handed away a couple of yrs ago (for all I know, he nonetheless is a Celtics admirer). I observed this shirt when I was rummaging around in his closet not very long right after he died, and since I’m a large Celtics enthusiast, also, I by natural means experienced to steal it from him. I never dress in it significantly — it’s way as well significant for me, and it’s pale and dirty and stretched and has a very small little bit of what I presume to be his dried blood correct higher than the term “Bird.” But its presence indicates my uncle’s existence, so there’s no way I can ever enable this raggedy previous thing go.
-Ari Filler (SFS ’23)
My mother received me this belt for my 20th birthday — the day I returned household following becoming absent for the longest period of time of my lifestyle. I had been living in Washington D.C. and functioning in North Carolina, and my arrival to the stunning town of Charleston, S.C. was a personally extended awaited homecoming.
20 is a very long time to be alive, and I feel pulling by the driveway I understood how substantially lifetime I had lived since I moved out freshman calendar year. In that minute, all the issues, men and women and gatherings of my time away from home wove by themselves alongside one another into a tapestry of memories and lessons.
A couple of minutes afterwards, I was opening provides when I acquired this belt patterned with palmetto trees. The palmetto tree is a substantially stouter variation of its cousin the palm tree, and it is the symbol of Charleston’s bordering areas, recognised as the lowcountry. I have normally liked palmetto trees for the reason that even although they can be whittled really skinny by the wind and sea, they continue to stand sturdy. This belt reminds me of the resilience of the persons of the lowcountry, my home.
-Mason Leath (SFS ’24)
This t-shirt is, for me, a single of the significant parts of clothes I possess. The picture and producing on the shirt reference the 2009 Pixar film “Up,” which I initial viewed in the movie theater with my mom when I was six a long time aged. Even as a baby, this motion picture captivated me I in no way understood just before that day how numerous thoughts a solitary movie could elicit from me. To this day, “Up” stays 1 of my and my mother’s favored movies of all time, and I credit score it as the movie that sparked my passion for cinema, as well as my desire in environmental activism. And when I seem at this shirt, I am reminded of why I like flicks, how videos have influenced my daily life and, maybe most importantly, that the correct supply of the joy I derive from flicks is the incredible mother who took me to see “Up” in 2009. Thank you, Mom.
-James Pocchia (COL ’25)
Clothing have normally been a supply of expression for me. I have normally stated that choosing out a lovable outfit tends to make you fired up for the day. I try to remember this working day vividly. This is the working day I went to The Women’s March. This is the day I did the coaching for my CSJ Position. This is the day I fulfilled just one of my ideal friends Ana. An outfit can be a monument if you make that. Every single piece traveled throughout the globe to get to me. My necklace, my sister purchased me in Mexico, my prime came from an Australian model, my skirt from a thrift store in Virginia, my cardigan and shoes are from my nearby mall in Arizona. This outfit traveled the environment to get to me. Now I get to associate it with some of my most loved recollections.
-Vivian Llanes (COL ’25)
Because this blazer was handed down to me two decades in the past, it has been the most major piece of clothing in my wardrobe. It belonged to my good uncle, who wore it though he was on the discussion group at university. He by no means acquired rid of it even as he bought married to my great aunt and they lived alongside one another for many years, it hung there quietly in his closet. In 2019, although, my terrific uncle had a intense stroke that sent him to the clinic. More than time his condition has worsened substantially, to the level that even currently he has hardly ever been able to occur house. One particular working day in 2020, my wonderful aunt made the decision to get the blazer out of the closet and carry it in excess of to our household, allowing me test it on and telling me that it must belong to me. Now each time I put on that blazer out at specific gatherings or even just see it hanging in my own closet, it provides me a reminder to enjoy my family, along with all the other irreplaceable folks I get to be with each day.
-Dane Tedder (COL ’24)
For months, I’d been conversing about how I required an embroidered denim jacket. And then a person day, my sister’s roommate came property donning this, and my sister was like ‘Oh my god, in which did you get it? I will need that.’ Due to the fact it has my identify prepared on it! She purchased it for my birthday and it is likely my beloved factor I personal. I variety of loathe the phrase ‘my aesthetic’ but this jacket is my aesthetic. I appreciate bold styles and shades and above all, something floral. I use a large amount of attire in normal existence that other folks could consign to a official occasion or a costume social gathering, and this jacket permits me to costume them down adequate that they look — if you are squinting — relaxed. A person of the issues I most seem forward to about spring is obtaining to put on it. I satisfied my boyfriend in wintertime, and I truthfully felt he couldn’t completely realize me as a person until I could have on the jacket. The jacket is me.
-Liberty Phelan (COL ’23)