I definitely find myself more confident in my fashion choices. I used to avoid wearing certain clothes because I felt self-conscious about how they looked on my body. I still feel that pressure from time to time, but I’ve learned to have more confidence in myself and dress how I want. I believe fashion is for all body types and people can do anything with a little bit of confidence (even if you fake it until you do).

LE: Where do you do most of your shopping?
I do my best to buy sustainably whenever possible. I think the best way to shop
– both affordable and sustainable – is about making thrift stores. I have found some of my favorite and most unique clothes while shopping secondhand.

Most clothes end up in landfills, so giving a piece of clothing another life is great. Plus, saving can allow you to follow trends without contributing to fast fashion.

Some of my best finds come from Goodwill or Plato’s Closet. If you don’t like sifting through tons of clothes, there are some great local thrift stores in Grand Rapids that have the best finds for you. I recommend checking out Zabház or Second Vibess.

I also think craft fairs are a great way to support artists and get really unique pieces. Asking artists to crochet a custom piece is a great way to get something unique and support the artists around you.

LE: What inspires you to dress the way you do?
RS: As an artist, clothing is another way for me to express my creativity. I like to modify my own clothes or make accessories, like earrings. Plus, it’s so satisfying for me to find an outfit that fits perfectly. I also like to mix different textures in my outfits such as corduroy, lace, velvet, etc. Overall, I just like to have fun with my outfits and dress in a way that truly represents me.

Sadie Rose is a junior at the University of California, Irvine majoring in art; chief curator at the Catalyst Undergraduate Art Gallery; Events Director of the UCI Art History Undergraduate Student Association and UCI Art Galleries Gallery Attendant. Sadie is a Forest Hills Eastern alumnus, class of 2020, and was dual-enrolled at Kendall College of Art & Design.