With regard to fashion, I try to change and evolve as much as possible. Since fashion is ever changing, I like to out new trends and different looks with the change of every season. Sometimes it just doesn’t work out and I revert to what I was wearing before. Other times, I’m left with a completely new wardrobe full of interesting and compelling pieces. Those times that I replace the majority of my wardrobe, I like to send them right back to the thrift store in whatever condition I’ve left them in. I like to know that someone else will enjoy my stories as much as I have. If you have never tried out a giant wardrobe overhaul at the end of a season, I really recommend it. As you may imagine, it can be very therapeutic; some memories just need to be purged.
If I could never wear another jacket again in my life, I’d be okay with wearing just this one. It’s not impossibly heavy to wear in summer (I’ve been showing it off the past few days in the blistering sun); it’s perfect for spring and fall weather; and in the winter months, it can be layered. I know that, a few years back, baseball and varsity jackets were all the rage, and you couldn’t scroll down any social media site without drowning in a sea of them. The red baseball jacket I’m rocking comes from one of my favorite local vintage shops. I searched high and low for this one, and was delighted to see it staring me right in the face from a cute metal clothes rack. While they’re pretty cool just the way they are, attaching a fabric patch to the jacket doesn’t hurt the appeal at all. Let’s cross our fingers and hope this trend comes back!
Those who have gone through a scene or emo phase know that band tees were all the rage. You just weren’t cool if your entire wardrobe wasn’t outfitted with them, and it was so taboo to wear one from a band you didn’t know. You could tell exactly what a person would be like before ever speaking to them by what band shirt they were wearing, and avoided kids like the plague if they didn’t own any. These days, we care less about a person listening to whatever band they have on their shirt, and so this trend has risen to the forefront of fashion. This is, in part, due to young “fashionistas” like Kendall and Kylie Jenner (whether you like it or not). Not only is Bring Me The Horizon one of my favorite metalcore bands, but this shirt also has such a beautiful design I just couldn’t pass it up.
As may be obvious, these shorts didn’t originally have the designs they have on them now. Painting your shorts and jeans is something super cool that you can do not only to show off your interests, but also to alter the way they look. Repurposing clothes will always be a favorite trend of mine. I have always been inspired by Piet Mondrian’s famous “Composition with red, yellow, and blue” painting that was so famously recreated by fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent. It’s so simple but truly evokes an emotion in me that I cannot properly describe with words. The other side of my shorts are adorned with one of Marilyn Manson’s logos. He has been a huge inspiration to me as an artist since I was a young kid. I can’t help but love those who are considered freaky. It’s the Aquarius in me!
Thrifted Tip: Just like any normal retailer, you can find some really good pieces and deals at the end of each season. Even if it’s too dramatic or isn’t right for the upcoming season, it may be just what you need next year! Waste not, want not.
So, how did you feel about this outfit? Is it a painted beauty or a disastrous childlike finger painting? Let me know in the comments below!
Also, I’d love to give a shout out to my best friend for taking these photos! It was her first time and she did amazing.