Keepin’ It Thrifty

Poster courtesy of the Purchase Arts Management Club

By Jaspreet Gill

Everyone loves to look good, but as broke college students we often find ourselves making the tough decision between buying that overpriced shirt at Urban Outfitters or using the same money to buy a week’s worth of groceries. We usually decide on the former.

With the Keepin’ It Thrifty fashion show, put on by the Fashion Club and co-sponsored by Creative Cosmetics and Arts Management Club, students were able to get a first-hand look at how to shop on a budget while still looking fashionable. The models, all SUNY Purchase students, thrifted their outfits from head to toe and styled themselves from their own closets.

“I think people think that fashion is limited to those who have money,” said Lisa Martinez, one of the models. “[The fashion show] showed people that you don’t really need that much money to look good. It’s all about going to the right places and finding whatever you think fits your style.”

While some of the outfits put together by the models were not so great, others shocked the audience by the fact that they were all fashioned from a thrift store. One commonality was that all of the outfits resembled “Purchase culture”—the grunge, indie, high-waisted mom jeans aesthetic. The outfits were curated from thrift stores around Westchester and Port Chester.

“I’m super proud of the Purchase Fashion Club,” said Alyssa Friedman, President of the Fashion Club. “I’m very pleased with the show. We worked extremely hard on putting it together for the last few months. We will definitely have more fashion shows and events to come.”

The fashion show took place on the main stage in The Stood at the same time as another band was playing in Whitson’s. The music between the two events couldn’t have been more different—in Whitson’s you heard the typical indie-grunge-“Stood-y” music from a live band, but as soon as you walked to the main stage, you heard 90’s house music with songs from some of the leading forces of the genre, like Cajmere and Ralphi Rosario.

“We wanted something simple and easy to walk to that had a continuous beat and pace,” said Friedman. “The music itself wasn’t anything complicated. We simply chose a playlist from YouTube.” The playlist, titled “90’s Underground House Vinyl DJ Mix,” consisted of 13 songs that all had a lively and energetic feel to them. It included Ralphi Rosario’s “You Used To Hold Me,” Omegaman’s “Happy Organ,” Butch Quick’s “Under Pressure,” and many more upbeat songs.

Before the show, Friedman played music from popular mainstream artists to get everyone pumped up for the show. “I wanted to get people in the party mood,” she says. “At the end of the show I played ‘Thrift Shop’ by Macklemore, for obvious reasons.”

Check out footage from the show and more interviews here.