Campus Chic: Thrifty and Animal-Friendly Fashion

A bright blue shirt gives some color to a neutral outfit.

A bright blue shirt gives some color to a neutral outfit.

Sitting pretty on the benches outside the cafeteria was Scott LeFever, a 21-year-old politics major. He was wearing a vibrant blue Fred Perry polo with a pair of brown Levis. “They don’t really hold up to well,” Scott said about his paint-splattered pants, which have huge holes under the tush.  He has patched the holes with fabric from a “big, sexy striped shirt” that he found in a dormitory donation bin. “I’ve used this one shirt to patch five or six pairs of pants and there is still more to come.” His light brown overcoat is from a St. Vincent de Paul thrift shop in his hometown San Juan Capistrano, Calif. “I think this is a woman’s coat,” he said of the garment with sleeves that hit just past his elbows. “Women’s clothes just fit better.”

Scott accessorizes with a black belt from Humane Attire and his black shoes are from Payless.  Neither of the two are leather. “I’m vegan so it’s really hard to find belts & shoes,” Scott said. His watch is a Timex from Target and the key chain on his belt loop was a gift from his friend “Big Pete.” His mini brown briefcase was also a gift, this time from his friend John, and inside Scott reveals an inscription that his friend wrote and a torn dollar bill taped to the interior of the briefcase. His brown socks are from his mother and Scott is wearing no underwear. “I haven’t worn underwear since 8th grade P.E.” he said.

Scott took a fashion-merchandising course in high school, which he said, “turned him away” from the fashion industry. He doesn’t approve of the “capitalist undertones” and how fashion “distorts images of ourselves.”  He admits that he is a shoplifter and quotes Morrissey, the lead sing of the Smiths, by saying “Shoplifters of the world, united take over.”

LeFever sports stylish ink on his arm

LeFever sports stylish ink on his arm

LeFever carries his school belongings in a brown briefcase gifted by his friend John

LeFever carries his school belongings in a brown briefcase gifted by his friend John

Well worn black lace ups complete the ensemble.

Well worn black lace ups complete the ensemble.

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