Personal style

Tufts students reflect on style, self-expression in 2021: Part 2 – Tufts Daily

Summary

Fashion can hint at flash frames of a current generation, marking social media-inspired trends or cultural shifts in attitude. On an individual level, experimenting with personal style often goes hand in hand with understanding oneself, and for some students at Tufts, clothing emerges as one of many mediums to explore and represent their identity.

Libby Moser: Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose

Libby Moser’s style inspirations include “Scooby-Doo” (2020), “Corpse Bride”…….

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Fashion can hint at flash frames of a current generation, marking social media-inspired trends or cultural shifts in attitude. On an individual level, experimenting with personal style often goes hand in hand with understanding oneself, and for some students at Tufts, clothing emerges as one of many mediums to explore and represent their identity.

Libby Moser: Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose

Libby Moser’s style inspirations include “Scooby-Doo” (2020), “Corpse Bride” (2005) and the guest judges on “The Muppets” (1976–81).

I think I pull from a lot of weird influences in my life,” Moser said. “But the answer I used to give people [to describe my style] is the intersection between the kid who didn’t really ever grow out of their emo phase and also a preschool teacher in 1994.”

Moser is a junior from Sarasota, Fla., and she likened her high school’s aesthetic to beachy VSCO girls. Her affinity for vintage clothes was nurtured from a young age, she said, recalling antiquing and thrifting with her mom.

“I think [it’s] fascinating to watch the evolution of what people donate to thrift stores, or what people sell in auctions or at state sales and things like that,” Moser said. “I find myself more and more attracted to unique pieces and colors or patterns, or things I wouldn’t expect.”

Moser commented that the explosion in the popularity of thrift culture, at least among college students, can have upsides and downsides.

It’s like when your favorite band gets popular,” Moser said. “You know, you love that they’re getting the attention that they deserve but I like to remember [it was] my secret too.” 

Thrift stores serve consumer populations with different needs, and some organizations have raised prices in a way that doesn’t accurately reflect the value of the clothing items, Moser observed.

“I have noticed this trend … and I do love this aesthetic — so you know, mild hypocrisy here that I’m going to acknowledge up front — the ‘grunge fairy core’ [style]. I think it’s really hinged upon that idea of people [who] have money kind of portraying an aesthetic that maybe conveys that they don’t,” Moser said. “But at the same time, I’m really here for any and all reuse of clothing, be it clothing that’s really ragged and worn or be it clothing that’s freshly donated.”

Along with cartoon TV shows from her childhood, Moser said her music tastes seep into her style; as a big fan of grunge, …….

Source: https://tuftsdaily.com/features/2021/11/16/tufts-students-reflect-on-style-self-expression-in-2021-part-2/