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Fast fashion is all around us. I wear it. My friends wear it. You probably wear it. And that's okay (kind of). If you’re one of the few who only wears sustainable 'fits pause from reading this and give yourself a pat on the back. Seriously, that’s an impressive feat and something to be proud of! But let's stop for a minute and discuss — what really is fast fashion?
Merriam-Webster defines it as a way for companies to quickly supply the latest fashion trends to consumers. Providing stylish clothing at an affordable price is ambitious and highly valued in today’s society. Believe me, I’m all about the deals — but the problem lies within how the clothing is made and discarded.
Before my favorite crop top hit mass retailer shelves, it took a lot of energy and water for it to get there. For me, not seeing the production of fast fashion really puts it out of sight and out of mind, which is exactly why it’s important that I educate myself on the topic. According to a 2016 McKinsey & Company article, making about 2.2 pounds of fabric generates an average of about 50.7 pounds of greenhouse gases.
Sometimes I think about how many clothes I’ve thrown away in my life. I can’t even begin to think of a number because it’s too high to remember. Then I realize I am only one person in a world of over seven billion. I know I’m not the only one tossing out my pieces. According to a 2016 Vox Magazine article, “Seventy pounds is the average amount of clothing and textile each person in the U.S. throws away annually. Up to 95 percent of the textiles could be recycled each year.”
The tossed garments usually go to landfills and end up looking like this:
What is your carbon footprint? How much do you use, waste or recycle? Over 5 trillion plastic bags are used worldwide. That number seems high but the average bag is only used for 12 minutes. We buy, we use, we throw it away and then go and do the exact same thing the next day. While its use is short, its impact is forever. In 700 years the plastic will start to break down, however it does not decompose it biodegrade but rather photodegrade and remain a toxic substance to the earth. That is just plastic bags alone... In light of the new series #ourplanet most will watch it and pass comment on how bad the world is getting, speak to it about friends, not use a straw for one or two days and then forget about it. The world doesn’t need a short term initiative, it needs permanent change. Don’t use and if you do use make a concerted effort to reuse and recycle. If we can double out plastic usage in 50 years we sure as hell can reduce it in 10. . . . . #ourplanet #earth #plastic #nike #airmax #landfill #waste #pollution #change #climatechange #climate #natgeoyourshot #natgeo100contest #natgeowild #natgeo #lonelyplanet #terra @natgeo @natgeowild @natgeofineart @natgeoyourshot @bbc @bbcearth @netflix
Besides being unsightly clothing in landfills poses a bigger issue. Clothes can’t just disintegrate. According to a 2014 article on the HuffPost, “Most of our clothing today is made with synthetic, petroleum-based fibers, it will take decades for these garments to decompose.” A lot of my childhood go-to pieces (gauchos and oversized sweatpants) are probably still rotting away.
With Instagram, we are constantly being exposed to the latest trends and it feels like you just can’t keep up anymore. We are all together in feeling this way. The truth is we probably feel out of trend because we actually are. This quote from the HuffPost article explains how we got here:
"There (used to be) two fashion seasons: Spring/ Summer and Fall/Winter. Fast forward to 2014 and the fashion industry is churning out 52 'micro-seasons' per year. With new trends coming out every week, the goal of fast fashion is for consumers to buy as many garments as possible, as quickly as possible."
Learning about the negative impact fashion has on our environment, communities and world is often a complete shock and totally overwhelming. 🤯😳🙈 It can be confusing to know where to start, what to do and how to change your life to reduce your fashion footprint. But don't stress too hard. Just by deciding that you WANT to make a change you've already made the most important decision. Don't worry about immediately going from 0 to 💯 on the sustainable fashion/lifestyle spectrum. Allow yourself to grow in your journey and make gradual changes over time that will become a part of your lifestyle long term rather than something you forced yourself to do and didn't maintain. Allow yourself to be a beginner and celebrate where you are TODAY.✨💫⚡️
Now that I have all this information, I feel ready and energized to make a few changes in my life. For starters, I’m going to continue to educate myself on fast fashion and sustainable styles. I will view sustainable fashion as timeless rather than trendy. Instead of going straight to a big name retailer, I will try to shop more at thrift stores and online resellers (like Poshmark, Mercari, or Depop). Some of my love for shopping stems from wanting to have the same styles as everyone I see on my Insta feed and IRL. I plan to fall in love with my own style more each and every day and stop comparing it to others.
Making a change to a completely sustainable lifestyle isn't easy, and definitely isn't possible overnight. Us as consumers can only do so much — we can't blame ourselves and ourselves only for letting the textile waste spiral into what it is now. Brands, companies, large corporations, senators, and other powerful figures must do their part in creating proper regulation and establishing a socially responsible standard that should be followed. On top of this, we have to remember that shopping sustainably isn't always accessible to people of all races, classes, and sizes, which poses an entire extra barrier. It's a collective effort that is needed to continue this push towards a more sustainable Earth.
So, you're welcome in advance, because I just found your new IG store obsession. Meet Well Clothing Co., a business founded by two college students with a mission to create a more sustainable way of purchasing clothes and looking ultra-cool while doing it. From cropped button-ups to must-have mom jeans, Well Clothing Co. provides a huge selection of carefully chosen thrift gems that you wish you yourself could find in a thrift store every time.
How does Well Clothing Co. work? They're based completely on Instagram where they announce upcoming launches and post their available style pieces in a drop style. The first one to DM them for the piece gets dibs (TBH, this is the only way I want to shop online from now on). Well Clothing Co. takes their time in choosing only the best looks, scouring their favorite local stores for tops, bottoms, overalls, hats, purses, backpacks and more.
We chatted with Abbey and Alex, the two who started the curating business in an effort to help others do their part in shopping sustainably. Here's why they founded and created Well Clothing Co., how they decide which thrifts to sell, and their advice for finding all the best pieces next time you're out thrift shopping.
hey what’s up! we’re alex & abbey, founders and creators of Well Clothing Co. Well began as a far off idea but we have worked to make that dream a reality!! . sustainability. empowerment. positivity. joyfulness. and a crazy rad life..... all things that we care about & advocate for! . we resell thrifted denim and apparel with a mission to be both accessible & afforable. our pieces are for anyone & everyone because ALL are welcome here. . we are so stoked you’re here & stick around to see what else we’ve got going on!
How did you get involved in reselling thrifted clothing?
Abbey: My love for thrifting definitely began with the influence of my friends in high school. The coolest people I knew thrifted, and I wanted to be a part of something cool too! But my true passion for it has definitely grown in college as my style has developed — so has my understanding of the impact has developed. My heart for sustainability and limiting the amount of waste I am contributing to how grown the more I become educated. I’m lucky enough that my hobby of thrifting, my passion for creativity, and my heart for sustainability were all able to merge together into something so good.
Alex: I began thrifting clothes when I was 14-years-old as a freshman in high school. I quickly realized that I enjoy searching for clothes and changing them to make them more stylish or suitable for the current fashion season. I realized that it would be a fun job to have: to find clothes and then resell them to college students or anyone local. As I also got more involved with the environment, I learned of our impact on this world and how we needed to question our consumption. I then put thrifting and the environment hand-in-hand and realized that thrifting and buying used clothing is a way of recycling.
What is your process for finding and reselling thrifted clothing?
Abbey: The process is simple but definitely takes effort! Alex and I scour all of our favorite thrift stores to create a good inventory of pieces. Then we will schedule a photo shoot, contacting our creative friends to be the photographers and our models. We use our photoshoots as a time to be super inclusive, truly anyone is welcome. Our photoshoots are super laid back, but gives us awesome shots of our pieces IRL. I edit our pictures and get them ready for launch! We keep our followers updated with the date and time of our launch. Once the time comes, we basically spam our followers with all the pieces. And it is first come, first serve for our one-of-a-kind pieces. We usually sell most of our pieces within two hours of our launch.
What's are the top things you look for when trying to find clothes to resell?
Abbey: Finding clothes to resell is a balance of knowing what our customers want and knowing the direction that Well wants to go. The brand is very much a reflection of Alex and I’s personal styles, so things that I like in the store tend to sell quickly. We want our customers to feel cool and confident in our clothing, so if a piece gives me those vibes, I buy it.
Alex: When looking for clothes, I look for style, different sizes, and current trends. I look for pieces that I think my friends or that I would wear. I try to keep an open outlook on a clothing item and ask myself how I would style the pieces.
What trends have you been noticing to be popular from thrift stores as of lately?
Abbey: Our staple piece is always a good mom jean, and that tends to be a big trend from thrift stores right now. We also are super into cropping men’s button-down shirts and making really fun tops for women. Super quirky, graphic tees are also a big trend, and we think they are super fun!
What advice do you have for college students who go thrift shopping and want to find some good finds?
Abbey: Accept the fact that you rarely will find something with just a quick scan. You have to put in time looking through racks to find the hidden gems, so don’t get discouraged after five minutes in the store! Thrift stores are not like traditional stores that have 30 pieces showcased across 3 racks and you have seen it all in 10 minutes. You have to look hard, and look often. Take advantage of weekly discounts given at places like Goodwill! This is a great way to save money, just by choosing pieces with the colored tag of the week. Also ask if your thrift store offers student discounts! I would also say, find a balance between having a vision and being open-minded. Pinterest provides me lots of outfit inspiration, so I might try to find similar pieces. But it’s also so important to be open to what you're gonna find. Also, try and see the potential in each piece! A giant man’s button up shirt can be cropped, tied, or made into a dress! A floor length cotton dress can be chopped to be a mini! Jeans can easily be made into shorts! There are so many possibilities that just take a little bit of vision and creativity. And altering pieces like this always makes them more special in my opinion.
Alex: I would tell college kids to be patient, and to not get overwhelmed when going thrift in. There are many options, but many pieces also can be very versatile or can be styled differently. I would also advise college kids to go outside their normal style range and try wearing something new.
Trader Joe’s is the holy grail of all supermarkets. I would personally rank it #1 out of all grocery stores. They have everything from produce to gourmet frozen dinners and literally every possible snack. Listed below are twenty-eight items that you need to pick up next time you’re there, because you need to shop the best Trader Joe's snacks, trust me.
P.S. - Do not go to Trader Joe’s hungry because they are always passing out samples, and you will end up with a ton in your cart.
The best Trader Joe’s drinks
Cold Brew Concentrate - Need an afternoon pick me up or a morning buzz? Get the cold brew concentrate and add some milk and water and it is to die for.
Mango Pineapple Juice - If you are a juice fan then pick up the mango pineapple juice, it will quench your thirst with the perfect amount of sweetness.
The best Trader Joe’s snacks
Trader Joe’s Tempting Trail Mix - Get your protein fix and satisfy your sweet tooth with the Trader Joe’s Tempting trail mix that has the perfect ratio between nuts, dried fruits, and chocolate!
Baked Cheese Cheetos - Basically the healthier version of Crunchies.
Plantain Chips (Sweetened) - They are so crunchy and sweet. It is the perfect sweet and salty snack.
Honey Roasted Almond Slices - These are sliced almonds that are sweetened with honey. There is a crystallization on them and they melt in your mouth. Try adding them to your yogurt for an extra crunch!
Fig and Olive Crisps - These are the perfect crackers to eat on their own or with Brie cheese. Is your mouth watering yet?
Cheddar Rocket - If you think goldfish are the best cheddar snack, you are doing it wrong. These cheddar rockets are the best thing cheddar flavored. I ate a whole box in one night...
Roasted Gorgonzola Crackers - I know this sounds gross because gorgonzola cheese isn’t for everyone, but these crackers would prove your taste buds wrong. The crackers are soft and salty with a hint of sweetness.
Roasted Seaweed Snack - Salty. Crunchy. Melt in your mouth.
Just Mango Slices - These are pieces of dried mango that are sweet and chewy.
Quinoa and Black Bean Tortilla Chips - These black bean chips are a great alternative to just plain tortilla chips. Perfect for salsa dipping.
Unexpected Cheddar Cheese - Cheap, but taste like a cheese straight from a wine shop.
Coconut Cream Yogurt - This yogurt is creamy but healthy for you. With coconut flakes mixed in, it is the perfect snack or for breakfast paired with granola.
The best Trader Joe’s dips & spreads
Corn and Chile Salsa - Dip chips in this salsa or put it in salad or burgers!
Raw Crunchy Almond Butter - Better than regular almond butter, because it’s crunchy and TJ's.
Edamame Hummus - Regular hummus is so out of style, edamame hummus may seem daunting but double the deliciousness.
Bruschetta Sauce - Diced tomatoes with onion and garlic. The perfect spread on a baguette for a sandwich.
Speculoo's Cookie Butter - A deliciously unusual spread reminiscent of gingerbread and made with crushed biscuits.
The best Trader Joe’s desserts
Chocolate Dipped Dunkers - These cookies are great for dunking into any beverage; milk, coffee, hot chocolate, you name!
Mango Sorbet - This delicious treat is sourced from Queensland, Australia.
Triple Ginger Snaps - These cookies are sweet but have a little kick to the back of your throat. Not only the perfect holiday treat but a snack all year round.
Dark Chocolate Covered Caramel - These are chewy, tiny and rich in dark chocolate.
Pumpkin Pancake and Waffle Mix - It’s that time of year for pumpkin spice, so spice up your pancake or waffle mix.
Sublime Ice Cream Sandwiches - I mean what’s better than a classic chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich?
The best Trader Joe’s frozen foods
Black Bean and Cheese Taquitos - Crunchy and delicious. Perfect for an afternoon snack or dinner!
Spanakopita - Crispy on the outside and gooey spinach and cheese on the inside. Pop these in the oven and you got yourself a perfect hors-d'oeuvre. (TIP: If you’re hosting a party, trick your guests that you made them!)
Cauliflower Rice - This cauliflower rice is perfect to throw in the microwaves and then mix in whatever you want with it. A healthier alternative to white rice.
Mini Cinnamon Sugar Churros - A great dessert to throw in your freezer and then when you are craving something sweet, pop them in the oven for a perfect snack. They are coated in sugar and trust me it is easy to eat the whole box.
I hope these snacks help you navigate the waters of Trader Joe’s next time you’re there.
Something pretty astounding that I’ve noticed about us young women recently is just how much we as individuals are doing the work in the sustainability space. We’ve created conversations on minimizing waste, recycling, using eco-friendly materials, carpooling, and more sustainable lifestyle changes. We’ve built communities, on and offline, dedicated to doing our part for the planet. We are part of a growing movement, and we’re not afraid to hold the brands and companies we support accountable for doing the same.
Something that has long been left out of the mainstream conversation until recently, however, are the effects of textile waste. Nearly 10% of all municipal solid waste in the U.S. consists of leather and textiles— and that can’t be ignored. Within the past few years, it hasn’t been ignored — fashion brands and houses have been moving towards more sustainable practices and materials. Not only out of a social responsibility, but out of the sheer demand from us young women who want to do our part in curating a sustainable lifestyle and want the help of the brands we buy from.
In light of the sustainable movement, Her Campus Style is excited to announce Sustainably Stylish, a campaign dedicated to exploring all-things sustainable fashion.
From breakdowns of our favorite sustainable brands to our college-budget approved sustainable style tips, HC’s editors, writers, and passionate sustainable bloggers are giving you the low-down on how to actually curate a more sustainably stylish life. We’re also digging into the state of the sustainable fashion industry — an industry that’s falling behind in inclusivity of race, class and bodies — and how to make the sustainable space much more accessible. So, grab your favorite thirfted jean jacket and pull up a chair — let’s chat about how real college women are living a sustainably stylish life. Get involved in the conversation and use the hashtag #HCSustainablyStylish to show us your favorite thrifted, eco-conscious, or ethically manufactured ‘fit.
When I walked into a Goodwill for the first time, all I saw were old pajamas and t-shirts from middle school sports teams. I thought I’d never be able to find pieces that I would actually like, and even when I did find a few, it was so hard to fit them into what I already had at home. Admittedly, thrifting in NYC makes it easier to find gems since many of the stores I visit are a bit more curated.
However, it can still be a challenge to blend vintage pieces with ones you might pick up at the mall. If you want to get more involved with sustainable fashion but have no idea how to style second-hand finds (I feel you), these four content creators will be sure to inspire your next trip to the thrift store.
With a channel focused on ethical living, fashion, and veganism, Kristen has been more than vocal about how problematic fast fashion is, and she is no stranger to calling out the brands involved. Whether you’re looking for a crash course on how fast fashion is impacting our world, ways to copy your favorite celebrity’s outfits using thrifted items, or just want to know what brands to be wary of, Kristen’s got you covered. She even has a video with tips to thrift like a pro!
When I first got into thrifting, I loved watching Kia’s DIY videos to see how I could take my pieces to the next level. I have yet to find anyone who styles patterns and textures the way that she does and her beautiful fro just makes her outfits that much better! Her Instagram alone will inspire you to try something new, but you’ll have to go to her channel to catch all of her styling tips.
I can’t decide whether I like watching Ashley’s videos more for her personality or the amazing outfits she puts together. If you like a little social commentary with your fashion, you’ll definitely want to check out her channel. Although she does include pieces from brands like Urban Outfitters and Asos, most of her outfits feature the cutest thrifted finds you’ll ever see. She also has several videos showing you how to style items multiple ways to get the most wear out of what you buy.
I only found Angelina’s channel a few weeks ago, but I already want to pull my sewing machine back out of the garage. If you bought a piece from the thrift store and got home thinking “there’s no way I can actually pull this off,” Angelina has a trick up her sleeve to make you fall in love with it all over again. From tips on how to upsize and downsize jeans to transforming your old tees, there she’s got DIYs for all levels of sewing expertise. Check out her videos to save money and add a unique spin to your old favorites.
It can be hard to see how thrifting can fit with your current style, but these four creators have shown me that it’s more than possible. Their informative (and super entertaining) DIY and how-to videos will most definitely inspire you to build a more sustainable closet.
Becoming a more environmentally conscious shopper, I make sure that I do my research on brands that follow ethical practices. I'll admit that it's not always easy finding sustainable clothing that won't do too much damage to my bank. As a working college student, I don't have a whole lot of disposable income to spend on clothes, so I have to be more practical (rent and groceries are my main priorities here, TBH).
There are times when I do have more than enough funds to treat myself to some new Patagonia gear, but that's not always the case. Of course, I feel guilty for crawling back to fast fashion brands — what is a college girl supposed to do?
But, what about the low-income women and women of color that face far more serious financial struggles? Why are they forgotten and excluded from the movement?
Benita Robledo said it best in her fashion piece on the lack of inclusivity in the ethical fashion industry: "In order to move the needle of a multi-trillion dollar industry, we must include everyone — not just rich, white women." She brings up a major point because money plays a huge factor, preventing marginalized groups from shopping ethically. According to HuffPost, while a white woman already makes less than a white man, a woman of color earns less than the average $0.77 cents.
Being able to afford sustainable fashion is a sacrifice that might as well be a privilege. Consumers have the opportunity to make the right choices only if they have the financial means, and it's a problem that needs fixing. Marginalized groups already struggle to purchase mass-market retailers, which puts them in an even bigger disadvantage when considering to shop from ethical brands. A pair of eco-friendly jeans should not cost a paycheck.
Here's another obstacle: we only ever see and hear about white women launching sustainable brands. Once again, money is evidently making an impact because it does cost a ton of money to design and manufacture environmentally harmless products. However, there are also brands by women of color, who are including marginalized groups and helping save the planet — get you a brand that can do both!
The privilege in the ethical fashion industry can be eliminated over time. As fortunate shoppers, we have to give our hard-earned money to clothing companies that promote inclusivity and sustainability. The more we support these brands, the more likely they are to be more successful. Before we know it, they will be able to afford to sell fair trade or eco-friendly clothes for lower prices. We want to see prices decrease, so women with lower incomes do not have to think twice about purchasing those kinds of clothes. Our goal here is to see everyone become more conscious shoppers, without stressing over high prices.
When was the last time you checked where your clothes came from? I’m not talking about the brand, but rather where and how it was made. In a world of constantly changing trends, the label of sustainability sometimes falls to the wayside. The truth is, our fashion industry is full of far more horrors than you might expect. This is partially a result of the fashion industry constantly pushing new trends and collections at a pace far too rapid for each item to get its full use. This means that people will have to buy more clothes more often, which means more money for stores and more trash in our landfills.
Not only is this causing horrors for the environment, but it costs the health and often lives of garment workers across the world. Forced to work in near slavery, the approximately 75 million people who make our clothing are often forced to work for mere dollars per day in unsafe and sometimes abusive conditions. The reason that budget-friendly retailers are able to offer a good deal is that oftentimes each garment costs only cents to make, based on the abusively low wages paid to factory workers.
Now that you know about the issues associated with fast fashion, you may be feeling a bit panicky about how to change your trendy ways. As a college student with a limited budget, I know it is very difficult to reconcile my desire to be sustainable with my need for fast, convenient, and inexpensive items to get me through the day and present myself in the best light possible. So when I see something that ticks those boxes and also looks eco-friendly, it's easy to just grab it up and not look into what it is actually doing for our earth.
Here's the good news: any fashion companies have begun to catch on to the trend of sustainability. While this is overall seen as a positive thing, it does create one tricky obstacle: the concept of greenwashing. This basically refers to a group or a company making their products seem eco-friendly through a combination of color palettes, nature-infused advertising, and catchy names that sound like they must be eco-friendly.
Don’t get me wrong, a lot of these brands do incorporate some aspect of sustainability into their product and clothing development. However, the tags that claim to be “all natural” and made of “recycled materials” aren’t always as pure as they may seem. In fact, there is no regulatory restriction on what can be labeled as a “natural” product. Vague terms like these are made to sell more products and ease the guilt of their intended consumers.
When you do need to replace something, it’s good to do your research. Of course, not everything you buy can ever be the perfect conflict free piece — all that I ask is that you put a little thought into what the clothing means for you, the planet, and the people making it. Some of the best things to look for are:
Adjusting your buying habits to better serve the environment is a priority we should all consider making. All it takes is a bit of research and mindfulness to make little choices where you can. Of course, shopping sustainably can be admittedly expensive and not necessarily inclusive or accessible to marginalized groups, such as women of color and plus-size women. But becoming more informed and making a difference when and where you can are both steps we can take in the sustainable space.
While it may be feasible for the sustainable bloggers you Insta-stalk to shop at high-priced sustainable retailers, we're balling on a budget here. Living on a ramen noodle budget can make shopping sustainably seem out of reach. But remember, what's important in the journey towards living (and shopping) sustainably is making small, consistent steps that easily fit into your everyday life. Together, the sum of these small steps becomes something greater — something you definitely want to be a part of!
Bringing your clothes into these retailers gives you a little ~somethin' somethin'~ as a thank you. They'll reward your donation with a discount towards a future purchase. It's like getting paid to save the planet! With many of these retailers enacted sustainable initiatives, you can use your discount towards a new garment that's equally as green.
Now I know some of you are reading this thinking ain't nobody got time for that and trust me, I get it. If you're glued to your couch binge-watching Shrill or locked in the library studying for midterms, you can still donate your clothes. Many retailers and organizations are now offering mail-in donations and most campuses have donation bins right on campus. Easy peasy! So invite over your girls, Marie Kondo your closets and get donating to our fave retailer's recycling programs:
Fun fact: fashion is one of the top three polluting industries in the world. This is in the result of many reasons, from the way our clothes are made, to the fibers they’re made from, and additionally, the way in which we, as consumers, participate. What many of us don’t know, however, is how to address this big issue. It seems like it would take a huge movement, involving large corporations, in order to make any change at all, and to some extent this is true. Yet aside from this, there are a number of ways we, as individuals, can start making a change.
Shopping sustainably seems like a huge step if you're thinking about curating a more sustainable closet. But honestly, there are so many small steps you can take to build a more sustainable wardrobe and world. Here are just a few ways to get started in creating a more sustainable lifestyle:
1. Shop intentionally, not compulsively
This may sound simple, but it might be more challenging than you think. Frequent shopping has become a trend on its own, whether that be out of habit, in response to a sale or even just a little retail therapy. It’s scary how much money we all spend on stuff we don’t need, and it’s even scarier how much over-consumption has grown because of it. Try to only go shopping when you actually need something, and while I know those impulse purchases are tough to avoid, I think we can all handle the challenge.
2. Don’t buy into every new trend
One major problem with fashion is the practice of ‘fast fashion’ shopping. Fashion retailers used to operate on two seasons per year, Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer. Now, fast fashion stores put out as many as 52 seasons per year, also known as ‘micro-seasons.’ New trends come and go rapidly, and to ensure that your new clothes won’t come with an expiration date, stick with classic pieces or those of your own personal style.
3. Shop secondhand
Mass overproduction is a major contributor to the pollution that fashion has caused. If you love shopping as much as I do, and find that doing it scarcely just isn’t for you, try shopping secondhand instead. One huge problem the industry is facing is that people go through their clothes too quickly, and a large amount of clothes is never even worn. Instead of introducing new garments into this cycle, shop garments that have already been a victim to it. Another plus: thrifted clothes often have more character, and as opposed to the pieces you get at H&M or Forever 21, you’ll find that your vintage pulls are beautifully unique.
4. Plan a clothing swap
Another great way to avoid contributing to overproduction is by hosting a clothing swap with your friends. This is a guaranteed way to give your clothes another life-cycle, and to get some new pieces in return - it’s a win-win, especially if you and your friends have the same sense of style.
5. Check the labels
Many of the fibers that cheaper garments are made from are dangerous for the planet. Synthetics (such as polyester, nylon, spandex, etc) are technically a form of plastic, which means that they will most likely take hundreds of years to biodegrade. Other fabrics, such as cotton, are made using chemicals and pesticides that are dangerous for both the environment and the people who make them. Next time you shop for new clothing, try looking for alternative garments made from sustainable materials, including organic cotton, organic wool, recycled synthetics and more.
6. Think quality, not quantity
Garments made from sustainable fibers may be on the pricier side, but the quality you get is worth the investment. This is especially true when you’re only really buying what you need. Think about it: H&M offers you a deal to get 3 low-quality tees for $30. You only really needed one tee, to begin with, and the quality of the tees won’t allow them to last long in the end. Wouldn’t it be both more reasonable (and fiscally responsible) to buy one high-quality tee for the same price?
7. Share or borrow clothes for a single event
Needing a specific garment for a special event always seems to be a winning excuse for a shopping spree. Most of the time, I don’t even wear the piece again afterward, contributing to the dangerous cycle of overproduction that I mentioned above. Instead, try visiting a friend’s closet or test out a clothing rental service. This will not only be helping save the environment but again, your wallet as well.
Shopping sustainably can seem like an overwhelming lifestyle choice, but like anything, taking it one step at a time makes it totally doable. Plus, any small step towards a sustainable closet makes a difference!
Check out Alyssa's zine on sustainable fashion and capsule wardrobes here.
Something I've learned about style in 2019 so far: fashion is fun, but it’s even better when it’s earth-friendly. I absolutely love how designers are voicing and actively showing that they care about the planet. One thing I challenge sustainable designers to do, however, is to make their pieces more accessible to people of all sizes — everyone should have the option and ability to shop ethically without feeling limited to a handful of stores.
YouTuber Deb, AKA Clothes in Abundance, talks about the struggle of remaining ethical when buying new clothes. She believes sustainable styles don’t always cater to everyone. Deb asks the question, “How can we have a diverse slow fashion community that includes plus-size women (and) people of diverse incomes?” This is something the industry is improving on, but still working on completely answering.
With that, here are five sustainable, body-inclusive brands that include the cutest staples, basics, workwear, athleisure, and swimwear:
If you’re in need of bright pieces, this is the brand for you. Reformation offers a variety of colorful sundresses, cute basic tops, and high rise jeans. Once a month you can tour its LA factory and meet the people behind the sewing machine.
2. Eileen Fisher
Obsessed with basics? You could create an entire sustainable wardrobe shopping Eileen Fisher’s neutral collection. All of its pieces look very light and airy; perfect for the summer. Its sizes range from 0 to a 24W. However, it does run on the pricey side so be ready to splurge.
3. Karen Kane
It’s interview season and if you’re anything like me your closet majorly lacks business wear. In a world oversaturated with trendy pieces it can sometimes feel impossible to find chic workwear. The sustainable brand Karen Kane offers pages of plus-size tunics, jumpsuits, and dresses.
4. Girlfriend Collective
Now for my favorite type of wear, athleisure. Girlfriend Collective has the cutest athletic sets in colors like seafoam greens, soft purples, and deep reds. It features sizes ranging from XXS to 6XL. We love a body diverse brand! According to its website its packaging is completely recyclable and most of its athletic wear is made from recycled materials.
This summer sustainable fits will take over the beach with the size inclusive brand, Chromat. It features a variety of strappy bikinis and trendy neon one pieces, made from fishing nets and plastic bottles. We love a recycled style moment.
When curating new sustainable fits remember it's a process that will take time. So don't feel bad if you make fast fashion purchases here and there, I know I do. Nothing great can happen overnight. I'm hopeful we will continue to see brands become more environmentally friendly while offering sizes for every body type.
You probably hear words like sustainability and slow fashion tossed around a lot in fashion today, but what do they really look like? While on the surface it may seem like Instagram is only a place for celeb stalking and keeping up with friends, a movement is emerging. Content creators, brands and global movements are using the platform as a medium to increase visibility of societal issues at large. They make us think outside of our typical feed of Fashion Week street style and Kardashian gossip. Adding meaningful content to your feed can inform and empower you! Through using social media you can increase your awareness of issues all around the globe.
Here's a list of influencers and organizations whose 'grams show that being sustainability can be both attainable and on-trend, and give some much-needed advice on how you can incorporate sustainability into your everyday life.
If you don’t already make a conscious effort to buy pre-loved items from thrift stores and online resale websites, now might be the time to start. Beyond the thrill of finding stylish name-brand items for incredibly cheap prices, thrifting significantly reduces your secondhand impact on the climate crisis. A United Nations report from 2018 revealed that we have an estimated eleven years to reduce our impact on the climate before catastrophic changes occur. The fashion industry supplies an estimated 10% of all greenhouse gas emissions, making it a major contributor to climate change.
Thankfully, there are small steps you can take to help alleviate this rapid change. The shift to buying and selling thrifted clothes is totally easy (especially on your wallet), especially with the availability of online websites and resale apps. Plus, you can find total gems when thrifting, like retro styles from decades ago or a one-of-a-kind piece that no one else out there has. So, in light of making a small change wherever and whenever possible, here are some great stores and apps to help you get started on the thrifting life.
In 2019, being environmentally conscious is the wave. Do you know what else is another important factor? Making sure the environmentally conscious movement is inclusive of all — all backgrounds, shapes and sizes. Yes, we're all living for sustainability and inclusivity! We may not be seeing as much of these features in the fashion industry, but don't you worry. We're always in the search for sustainable brands to shop that are owned by women of color.
We've rounded up seven fashion labels that are making their impact as they look after the planet's health and the representation that marginalized individuals. From multicultural backgrounds to non-binary identities, these brands are redefining style. We're here to support them and watch them continue their movements through fashion.
NBNW came to life after Mriga Kapadiya and Amrit Kumar journeyed across India to trace back their roots. "[The brand] is partly an anthropological experiment," according to the brand. "Part art, part fashion." Modernizing ancient textiles, Kapadiya and Kumar source and produce their designs in India. Frida Giannini, former Creative Director of Gucci, praised the designers for incorporating their culture into their work and giving it their own twist.
This multicultural brand received Virgil Abloh's seal of approval, so we already know it totally shreds coolness. Brujas utilizes skateboarding to "empower all marginalized groups." Founded by Arianna Gill and Sheyla Grullon, they started Brujas as a sisterhood — we will always stan girls uniting for a social cause! Now, they are breaking barriers and redefining the subculture of female skateboarders within the subculture of skateboarding.
Chioma and Uchenna Ngwundo founded the NYC-based label together. The sisters work with Nigerian artisans to create clothing and accessories that showcase beautiful West African prints. According to CCC's website, the Ngwundo's manufacture their products in Nigeria "to have a transformative impact on the lives of [their] artisan partners." And, we love business women that help lift others up!
"We have an agenda," as TomboyX stands by. "And it's not a feminists agenda. It's not a gay agenda." Naomi Gonzalez, along with her partner Fran Dunaway, created the non-binary underwear label. The couple strives to send out a message of acceptance in a society that can be isolating. They work with manufacturers based in the United States, Canda, and China. TomboyX only makes eco-friendly activewear, and that's exactly what we love to hear. Undies breaking gender stereotypes on top of being environmentally conscious? Yes, please!
If you're looking for art that you can wear and strut in, we got you covered! B. Yellowtail honors the tradition and culture through their products by Native Americans. The brand was started by Bethany Yellowtail — hence the name — and has already been noticed by Anna Wintour. We all know how hard it is to catch Madame Wintour's attention, and she's got a huge influence on the fashion world.
When Karla Gallardo and Shilpa Shah joined forces, they knew they wanted to make quality and ethical products with meaningful stories behind them. Cuyana is luxurious but still affordable, which the two business grads have worked really hard to achieve. Gallardo and Shah have been killing it and giving the mass elegant designs without such a hefty price tag.
Did someone say bras made out of recycled plastic bottles? Say no more. Proclaim is a lingerie brand based in Los Angeles. Their goal is "expanding the definition of nude, one ethically made bra at a time." The company is all about women representation and eco-friendliness — how freakin' amazing is that?
These brands are making sustainability and inclusivity the most important trend in fashion, and we appreciate them for their efforts. It's important for fashionistas and consumers alike to be socially aware. We're supporting brands that care about including every person as well as doing their part to take care of the planet.
Morning! While you were sleeping (or staying up to binge-watch Friends for the tenth time) (or pulling an all-nighter in the library), a few things went down that you'll probably want to know about. So grab a cup of coffee, settle in, and get scrolling.
What In The World
Over 200 hundred people were killed with at least 100 wounded in a series of bombings in Sri Lanka that hit churches and hotels on Easter Sunday.
The wave of at least eight bombings on Sunday is considered the deadliest day of violence the country has seen since it was entangled in civil war in 2009, The Washington Post reports. According to The New York Times, at least 207 people were killed and 450 were injured. Authorities believe this was a coordinated attack carried out by a single group of people, a police spokesperson told The Times. At least 36 foreigners from Britain, India, Portugal, Turkey, and the Netherlands were among those killed, The Guardian reported.
As of Sunday evening, the Associated Press reports, no one has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
The attacks on tourists and Easter worshippers in Sri Lanka are an attack on humanity. On a day devoted to love, redemption, and renewal, we pray for the victims and stand with the people of Sri Lanka.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 21, 2019
The government has issued a nationwide curfew and has blocked multiple social media sites in order to increase security and stop the spread of misinformation, The Post reports. Sites like YouTube, Instagram, and WhatsApp is already down.
The churches targeted in Sunday’s deadly bombings included St. Anthony’s Shrine, St. Sebastian's Church, Zion Church, The Associated Press reports. The publication also reported that the Shangri-La Hotel, the Kingsbury Colombo Hotel, and the Cinnamon Grand Colombo Hotel were also targeted. The final explosion went off near the Dehiwala Zoo and outside the private residence of Dematagoda’s Mahawila Gardens, CNN reported.
Sri Lanka police were reportedly running an operation at the private residences when the blast happened, The Guardian reported. The attack may have been caused by a suicide bomber, and the police have currently arrested three people who are suspected to be connected to the attacked.
Rumor Has It
It’s time to get ready for some more Bey time. Beyoncé and Netflix have reportedly partnered up for not just one, but two more special projects, according to Variety.
Many details are still unknown about the three-project deal, but it reportedly had a hefty price tag. Queen Bey will release two more projects in a $60 million deal, Variety reported.
we’re really about to get not 1, not 2 but THREE official Beyoncé projects on Netflix. she didn’t have to do that but she did...for us pic.twitter.com/nIl9ONhcOm
— k. (@longleggedks) April 20, 2019
The singer recently released Homecoming, which took audiences behind the scenes of her iconic, two-hour Coachella performance in 2018. The documentary showed the entire performance but also gave viewers a look into the rehearsals and what was done to pull off such a large performance.
She also surprised fans with a 40-track album, also called Homecoming. The tracks are mostly live songs from Coachella, and it includes two bonus songs called “Before I Let Go” and “I Been On.”
If you need me, I’ll be counting down the minutes until the next project is released.
News You Can Eat
Rumor has it that Mint Dark Chocolate KitKat’s will be in our hands this winter.
According to Delish, food Instagrammer Markie Devo released a photo of the packaging of Kit Kat Duos. The duos featured a mint creme on top and a dark chocolate bottom.
Although we have just passed minter, it does not mean we can’t plan for . This is the upcoming @kitkat Duos. A mint & dark chocolate mixture with those wafers we oh so love. I do like me some mint in moderation and dark chocolate always. This will hit stores in December, just in time for minter❄️🍫❄️.. How do we feel about this drop👇🏼 #food #newfood #junkfood #macros #cheatmeal #cheatsnack #snacks #yum #kitkat #kitkatduos #mmm #fatman #candy #cake #f52grams #exclusive #comingsoon #winter2019 #minteriscomingjk
The new Kit Kats will reportedly be released in December 2019. But Hershey has yet to confirm that this is coming out. So, all you mint-flavor enthusiasts will have to wait patiently.
Happy Earth Day everyone!
In Southern California, the start of spring means one thing: Coachella. With hotels priced upwards of $300 a night plus the cost of transportation — because, FYI, Coachella is truly in the middle of a desert— attendees are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to attend. And even after figuring out all of the logistics surrounding accommodations, there’s still one key purchase left: the tickets that actually let you into the festival.
UCLA senior Sahil Jarayam says he paid $650 for a Coachella ticket back in November, despite the face-value of the ticket being $429. “The reason I jumped at that price was last year, from my recollection, the prices really only climbed after initially released so I figured it would be even more extreme this year,” says Jarayam. He says he got the ticket from Stubhub, a site that often resells concert tickets.
The website itself says that resale of a ticket for a price higher than face value is grounds for seizure and cancellation. But people still resell the tickets for a higher price, and no one is doing a thing about it.
The laws on ticket resale vary from state to state, and in California it is only illegal to sell tickets at a higher price at the festival itself. Regardless of Coachella saying higher resale can result in cancelation, websites like StubHub, Ticketmaster, and Vividseats make it easy for hundreds of people to resell their seats at any price. Individuals see Coachella as an opportunity to resell tickets for a higher price than they paid to return a profit, which only hurts the rest of us.
When this happens, it drives up Coachella prices, which further propagates the “exclusivity” stereotype people associate with the event. As college students, we already have to pay so many expenses, so spending $429 for music festival tickets is already difficult. Adding $400 more dollars to that ticket price only makes it even more difficult to attend.
This year at Coachella, I spent $615 on transportation, food, drinks, and the ticket itself. I had to work 47 extra hours as a lab consultant to be able to pay for this experience. Luckily, I was able to pay a lot less than other people for my experience because I camped on the festival grounds and bought my ticket for less than face value from a friend. Had I bought it earlier on from someone reselling the ticket at a high price, I might have had to spend closer to $1,000 and work 77 extra hours just to pay to camp out for Coachella.
It makes sense that Coachella is expensive — it’s paying for some of the most popular artists of the season. On top of that, the festival has art installations and has to pay all of the people that put on the festival. The price of the facevalue Coachella ticket is well worth it because it goes towards an amazing experience. But, the person reselling a ticket is not providing you any additional services, so it hurts the festival community as a whole. While I fully understand wanting to make money, it’s not acceptable to do so at someone else's expense, especially when Coachella explicitly prohibits it.
Getting a Coachella ticket is hard enough on the website when tickets are released. Buying multiple tickets to sell them at a higher price means that other individuals on the website in line for tickets will not be able to get them for the Coachella website, and will have to rely on resales. This ultimately serves to further exclusive the event by driving up the total price of the festival. If you can spend $4,290 on Coachella tickets just to resell them, you probably come from a place of privilege. And by reselling tickets you are making it harder for college students to be able to enjoy the festival by forcing them to pick up several extra shifts just to afford the tickets. Let’s make Coachella about the music and experience, not the money.
How many times have you heard a friend talking about how she's dreading her annual exam at the gynecologist? Even worse, how many of your friends don't actually have a place to go for their sexual and reproductive health — be it they don't have insurance or have never had a doctor that's made them feel comfortable. Enter Tia, a modern, beautiful health care office for women in Manhattan — and (hopefully) the OB-GYN office of the future.
Co-founded by Carolyn Witte and Felicity Yost, the office wants to be the “antithesis of the doctor’s office today as you know it. A place you want to go not just when something is wrong, but to proactively check in on your health. A safe space that invites your whole, authentic self - where you feel heard, seen and cared for," 28-year-old Witte tells Her Campus.
Photo Credit: Kezi Ban @ Blonde Artists courtesy of Rockwell Group
Tia opened its doors in early March, with Witte and Yost ready to provide women with care that makes them feel comfortable and heard by their most intimate doctor. Historically, women are often misdiagnosed or ill-informed at their gynecologist. A 2001 study, “The Girl Who Cried Pain” found that women are less likely to receive adequate treatment than men for painful symptoms. They also found that gender-based biases are present, especially surrounding women’s experiences with pain. Research also shows that women receive less medical prescriptions from doctors after surgery than men. Instead of getting direct help, women tend to be told that their issues are related to emotional distress or psychosomatic factors. The notion that “women cry - what can you do?” is based around the idea that a woman's pain is perceived as “constructed or exaggerated” according to an Atlantic article. Buzzfeed even shared stories from dozens of women who weren't taken seriously while in pain, including one woman who had to see a doctor five times before getting her endometriosis diagnosed.
These stories are all too familiar for Witte, whose polycystic ovarian syndrome went misdiagnosed for three years. Her and Yost’s inspiration for Tia came from “being patients ourselves and experiencing how fundamentally broken healthcare is today. We thought to ourselves if we can’t figure it out, how can anyone else figure it out? There has to be a better way.”
Photo Credit: Kezi Ban @ Blonde Artists courtesy of Rockwell Group
Carolyn Witte, CEO, and Co-Founder at Tia
Photo Credit: Kezi Ban @ Blonde Artists courtesy of Rockwell Group
Tia patients are encouraged that no topic is off limits, from painful sex to awful periods, or birth control induced anxiety symptoms — there's even an app where you can note health history and share any current concerns. In addition to creating a comfortable sex-positive enviornment, Tia patients are encouraged to shop the various vibrators sold in the lobby.
Photo Credit: Kezi Ban @ Blonde Artists courtesy of Rockwell Group
So, what's the price of revolutionary, patient-specific healthcare? There's a $150 annual charge just to be a member at Tia. Once you’re a member, the office accepts many forms of insurance, but without it a general exam would cost $250. Since this is unfortunately a luxury that most college students can't afford, Witte says to remember this: “Your doctor is a consultant in your health, not a dictator who can decide what’s right for you. You know your body best, so don’t be afraid to advocate for what you feel is 'wrong' or 'right' or when you want more information before making a choice.”
Tia is at the foreground for changing the way a woman’s pain is viewed and assessed, and while not everyone has access to it, the message is loud and clear: It’s time to fight for the healthcare we deserve and have to advoocate for ourselves the best we can in a system that has historically dismissed and pushed back.
It seems like more and more fashion brands are turning to go green and I'm so here for it. Sustainability has been gradually making its way into the fashion world. With more brands going into ethical fashion, that makes it easier to find trendy clothing while saving the planet, all at an affordable price. A lot of shoppers assume sustainability can't meet affordability, but that's quickly changing in today's fashion world.
While fashion labels are creating a movement to eco-friendly fashion, certain celebrities are making their wardrobes sustainable. For example, Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle is a leader when it comes to fashion idols today, and her acceptance to sustainable fashion has positively impacted the world of fashion. Her acceptance, along with other celebrities like Emma Watson and Lauren Conrad, to name a few, have led others to adopt ethical fashion into their style ways.
All in all, sustainably chic is the new style everyone wants to be a part of, and I am here to help you transform your closet to eco-friendly. Sustainability is trending, but how does a college girl afford eco-friendly fashion? Here are 4 sustainable fashion brands that have trendy clothing at affordable prices.
Time’s “100 Most Influential People” list is out for the year and among the incredible honorees, one name has me most excited: Sandra Oh. Not only is she on the list as a “pioneer,” but she is also one of six honorees to grace the cover of the special-edition issue. Well-known for her 10-years on Grey’s Anatomy, where she played the fearless Dr. Cristina Yang, Sandra Oh’s legacy exceeds beyond the TV screen.
For me, she is the definition of a role model through-and-through. Growing up in a predominantly white community most of my life, I did not have many Asian role models to look up to. Seeing Sandra Oh on my screen every week on Grey’s, with her blue scrubs, effortlessly curly hair, and quick wit to match, was one of the first times that I saw a strong, onscreen role played by a Korean woman. Her role was different than the problematic Asian stereotypes I'd seen with characters like Long Duk Dong in Sixteen Candles or Mickey Rooney’s less than okay portrayal of I.Y. Yunioshi in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Her portrayal of Cristina Yang was strong, genuine, and so convincing that, for a long time, I seriously considered a career in cardiothoracic surgery because of her.
As someone who loves film and TV and wants to get involved in the entertainment industry, Sandra is an inspiration. She has shown me that Asian actors don’t have to settle for these minor, stereotypical roles but instead can thrive in a leading role where the focus is not on race. She has inspired me to explore a creative career, and while I may not want to necessarily be an actress like her, I’ve learned that it is possible to be a successful, Asian woman in the arts.
For a long time, I felt like I needed to fit into white standards to feel beautiful, accepted, and successful. As a kid, I fell into this trap of assimilation without even knowing what the word truly meant. Sandra Oh has single-handedly shown me what it means to be a confident woman of Asian descent and because of her, I am no longer afraid to embrace my heritage.
Along with her endless list of accolades and nominations, her lists of firsts are also noteworthy. In this year alone, she became the first Asian woman to host the Golden Globes, the first to win multiple Golden Globe awards, and the third Asian American woman to host SNL. What is so admirable about Sandra Oh is the fact that she is constantly pushing herself creatively. For her to walk away, on her own terms, from a massive show like Grey’s Anatomy to explore other unknown ventures is more than brave. She is never afraid to test her limits and demonstrates that it is never too late to pursue different passions.
Sandra has fearlessly forged her own path in a world where Asian actors are second to none. To say that Hollywood has a diversity issue would be a gross understatement. In fact, according to UCLA's Hollywood Diversity Report of 2018, researchers found that among the top film roles of 2016, Asians represented 3.1 percent of the roles and only 10 Asian female actors were featured in the top films of 2016.
Because of the example Sandra has set in her career, she has opened the door for others like her to grow. She is a pioneer for both women and the Asian community and I believe that she will continue to make positive contributions in the future. Grey’s creator Shonda Rhimes summed it up best when she wrote this statement for Time: “Sandra Oh has chosen to fearlessly take up space in a universe that has not always made space for her.”
In her interview with Time, Sandra mentions how, "The only way that you can survive if you want to be an artist is concentrating on your art. All I have ever been focused on and wanting is to try and get to the truth of things and that is what has sustained me. And if that inspires change, hallelujah!"
So, from one Asian woman to another- thank you Sandra for constantly being a someone I can relate to, laugh with, and be inspired by. I know that your legacy is so much more than any award Cristina Yang could even dream of achieving.
College is scary. It was scary from the start. It was terrifying in the middle. And you better believe that it’s an absolute horror show at the end. But now that these four years are almost over, I don’t want to leave. The majority of my peers are applying for jobs and getting accepted into graduate school, and I’m just now realizing that I have absolutely no idea what’s next.
It would be great to tell myself that it’s going to fall into place. That everything will be okay in the end – and if it’s not okay, it’s not the end yet. But that’s not always true.
For the majority of college women out there, a perfect life won’t just fall into our laps. There’s going to be graduation anxiety and the fear of not knowing what’s over the horizon. But alongside those 2 a.m. panic attacks, it’s important to remember that if you don’t know what’s coming next, you’re not alone.
Having transition anxiety is almost a rite of passage. There will certainly be those outliers who have everything lined up (or at least have an idea), but the overwhelming majority of seniors are freaking out, I promise. And because we’re all in this together, here are some tips I’ve collected about how to make this upcoming change a little bit easier.
1. Practice healthy short-term coping mechanisms
Moving from one part of your life to the next is hard and there's rarely an easy way to tackle the issue. However, Dr. Edie Stark, a licensed clinical social worker, told Brit + Co that major life transitions are big stressors. “Transitions to or from college are hotbeds for maladaptive coping skills to arise. When we are in a new environment, filled with new stressors, our bodies and minds can go into panic mode.” So, it’s important to understand that the pressure you’re feeling to create stability is inevitable.
While some might turn to substance abuse or risky behavior, that’s not the only option. Give yourself a “brain break” and forget about life after college for a moment, a week at the most. During that time, find something outside of your academic life to add to your schedule that can give your day some structure. Maybe it’s eating lunch every day at 12:42 pm, or sitting quietly in your car for five minutes to practice mindfulness before you go inside.
Aurora P., a senior at the University of Southern California, says that stretching twice a day has given her something to look forward to. “I did this in my senior year of high school, too. But with graduation just around the bend, I’ve started stretching five minutes, twice a day. Once when I wake up and again before I go to bed. I get to feel good for most of the day and relaxed right before I get to sleep.” Although stretching works for Aurora, it might not work for you. That's okay. But try to add something to your day that's consistent and won't change, even after you've moved your tassel to the left.
2. Actually use the career services provided
It’s natural to want to compare yourself to others. Yet even if it isn’t meant maliciously, it’s not always good for you and your personal growth. Everybody has different strengths, skills, and (most importantly) connections.
Not every instance of somebody getting a job straight out of school is based on a who-knows-who situation, but having excellent networking skills certainly hasn’t hurt any undergrad in the past. You can only control yourself, so just focus on what you’re doing. Also, acting like you know what you're doing until you actually learn the trade is an important life skill that can translate into (almost) any profession, so fake it until you make it.
Create a LinkedIn account if you haven’t already and start adding your classmates. Even if you’re not necessarily looking for a job, it won’t hurt to have those connections already in place when the time is right. Try connecting with alumni within your major to see what kind of jobs they've taken since graduation. Most colleges offer some form of career services, so actually visit them! Take this opportunity to review your resume or create the perfect cover letter.
Believe it or not but schools actually want their students to succeed, so get your tuition's worth of assistance. They might even point you in the right direction.
3. Keep moving forward
I know, you’ve been hearing this piece of advice from everyone, and it’s exceptionally frustrating. It’s basically the central focus of Meet the Robinsons. But hey, even Disney is right sometimes. If you’re feeling stuck and are starting to panic about the future, make sure you’re taking active steps to keep your momentum going. Try filling out an application once every two weeks. Maybe once a week, if you want to explore your options.
Even if you’re crawling, you’re still moving.
Morgan L., a Carthage College alumna, says that her favorite strategy when it comes to applying for jobs is to “throw as many darts at the board and see what sticks.” Unlike college, applying to a job is free, and the worst thing that can happen is that they say "no." Gearing up for graduation, you don't have much to lose, so take risks with applications and get your name out there.
It’s also crucial to remember that your first job won’t be your forever job. If you’re panicking and have no idea what you’re going to do, don’t be afraid to apply for a job that has nothing to do with your major. Not only will it give you the motivation to keep searching for that perfect fit, but it’s a surefire way to pad your resume with transferable job skills that you would have never been able to gain anywhere else.
Although the end of college can be intense, and it can seem like a never-ending onslaught of deadlines and due dates, don't forget to occasionally stop and smell the roses. The future will always be there but the present is ever fleeting, so take the chance to appreciate what's around you. Your undergrad is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so make some memories. (And some connections on LinkedIn). Spend these next few months finding that balance between preparing for the future and enjoying the present. And always remember: you've got this.
I love all things festival season for the music, but everyone knows they're also an excuse to wear anything and everything extra, boho and glittery. Hairstyles over the past few years have evolved from dainty flower crowns to fully bejeweled hair and everything in between. With Coachella here and more music festivals happening through the end of summer, I'm here to fully arm you with all the most popular, head-turning looks on Pinterest.
All you need is braid-ready fingers, a can (or three) of hairspray, and all the glitter you can muster.
It’s Earth Day, and we’re celebrating our one-of-a-kind planet by spotlighting the one-of-a-kind leaders on campus making serious sustainability strides. We’re dedicated to making environmentally conscious decisions here at HC HQ—we even have our own sustainability committee—so it was a no-brainer for us to partner with organic bed and bath brand, Under the Canopy and Bed Bath & Beyond to celebrate our favorite ~green~ college women.
Meet Buy It Now, Or Cry Later, our monthly roundup of cute, chic, funny, or just truly essential things our editors are buying right now. Because we like to shop, and you like to shop, so let's shop together, shall we? RIP to our bank accounts. This time around, enjoy our special Earth Day edition.
When it comes to beauty products, the world is your oyster. There are thousands upon thousands of products for practically any beauty need or desire, but of course, there’s a catch.
Quality products come at a certain price point, and while I love major brands like Tarte or NARS, they also just make my wallet cry. That’s why I love to scour through the pits of Amazon to find high-quality beauty products that are also at a decent price. Often the products come with hundreds of customer reviews, so I know I’ll feel good about my purchase after some in-depth research.
But, I’ve hooked you up with some of the top-rated beauty products on Amazon that won’t make you feel like you’ve wasted your hard-earned money away.
Is it just me or is “business casual” the most confusing term in the world? The phrase is a bit of an oxymoron, and its definition can vary so much in different office environments. And when you’re an intern trying to navigate the realm of what’s appropriate and what’s not appropriate to wear in the office that’s business casual, it can get a little fuzzy.
When you normally think of traditional office attire, its dark suits, conservative dresses, or a blouse with a collar. It all falls under the category of business professional. But, what about business casual? It’s usually considered more relaxed, allowing for prints, brighter colors, and flats to co-exist on a daily basis.
Figuring out what to wear for your internship really comes with time, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn't be prepared with some basic business casual essentials that will not only make you feel comfortable but confident.
Morning! While you were sleeping (or staying up to binge-watch Friends for the tenth time) (or pulling an all-nighter in the library), a few things went down that you'll probably want to know about. So grab a cup of coffee, settle in, and get scrolling.
Rumor Has It
Politics can be a depressing and heavy topic, but Netflix’s new political documentary Knock Down the House promises to bring you nothing but joy.
The trailer shows Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and three other female progressive Democratic candidates as they pursue landmark primary campaigns in the 2018 midterm elections. Cori Bush of Missouri, Amy Vilela of Nevada, Paula Jean Swearengin of West Virginia, and Ocasio-Cortez of New York were followed by director Rachel Lears. The documentary gives views a glimpse into their stories and why they wanted to jump into politics. In the trailer, viewers see them behind-the-scenes of their campaign, and the emotional and exhausting moments of running for office.
“If I was a rational person, I would have dropped out of this race a long time ago,” Ocasio Cortez said in the opening seconds of the trailer.
The documentary dives into the many stigmas and stereotypes that women in politics face, as well as help more people to understand what goes on in their communities.
“We hope Known Down the House engages people to think about the intrinsic relationship between money in politics and representation, and inspires them to participate in new ways, from voting to organizing to running for office,” Lear said, per Doc10. “We especially hope that the firm can reach people who feel left out of the political process or cynical about how it works—they might see themselves reflected in our protagonists and their communities, and the story might convey a bit of hope for how democracy can work.”
The documentary is set to release on Netflix and select theaters on May 1.
News You Can Eat
You can get your coffee gummies in Cold Brew, Bourbon Cold Brew, and Iced Vanilla Latte—so you have plenty of options to get your coffee fix. The Iced Vanilla Latte even has the option for almond milk! Each bear has 60mg of caffeine, so basically one shot of espresso.
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“We’re so excited to partner with our L.A. neighbor Alfred Coffee to create the worlds first-ever coffee-infused gummy bears,” Rosie O’Neill, Sugarfina co-founder, and co-CEO, said in a press release. “With this collaboration, we’re combining two of our favorite pick-me-ups—candy and caffeine—in a delicious and adorable gummy bear collection.”
The flavors come in a 3.5-ounce mini-cup that is sold for $7, and it also comes with a coffee sleeve. You can also purchase a 12-ounce bag for $14.
They’re currently on sale nationwide in select stores. You can order them online from Sugarfina and Alfred.
Then This Happened
Elizabeth Warren announced a new plan for universal free public college and student debt forgiveness for the majority of people who hold it.
Warren revealed her proposal to provide universal free public college and to end student loan debt for millions in a Medium post early Monday morning.
“Student loan debt is crushing millions of families,” Warren tweeted. “That’s why I’m calling for something truly transformational: Universal free college and the cancellation of debt for more than 95% of Americans with student loan debt.”
The plan calls for $50,000 worth of student loan debt relief for those making under $100,000 annually, and then the total amount of debt cancellation decreases as salaries increase. According to Warren’s post, anyone making over $250,000 will not receiver debt relief.
Warren is also calling for major government investment into the public university, college, and community college system in order to eliminate all tuition and fees for students attending a public college or university, the Medium post said.
“College shouldn’t just be a privilege for those who can afford to take on the significant expenses associated with higher education,” Warren wrote. “Like K-12 education, college is a basic need that should be available for free to everyone who wants to go.”
I’m calling for universal free college and the cancellation of student loan debt for more than 95% of Americans. This is the kind of big, structural change we need to make sure our kids have opportunity in this country. pic.twitter.com/KERw3APDMo
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) April 22, 2019
It’s no secret that college has become incredibly unaffordable. According to a report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, states have significantly cut higher education funding.
As Warren’s post explains, she is paying close attention to solving the structural inequality that rising college costs causes. The rising cost of higher education affects students of color more than white students, as a Demos report states, but Warren’s plan includes funding for Historically Black Colleges and University's and Minority-Serving Institutions to rectify the situation.
“We can address the student loan crisis and cancel debt for families that are struggling. We can provide truly universal free college,” Warren wrote. “We can fix some of the structural problems that are preventing our higher education system from fairly serving lower-income students and students of color. We can make big structural change and create new opportunities for all Americans.”