Jazsmine Vanpelt '20 shields her face from the cold with the fur trim on her coat.

Mariam Keita

Secondhand Steals for the Winter Season

Three people model in winter clothes that were either thrifted or taken from their closets.

December 18, 2018


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  • Joel Castillo '19 models in a blue houndstooth blazer from Goodwill ($0.44) and clothes from his closet.

  • Jazsmine Vanpelt '20 poses in front of a Christmas tree in an Alfred Dunner skirt from Goodwill ($0.44), and a secondhand, camel-colored leather jacket with faux fur trim.

  • Castillo modeling a recycled chocolate trench.

  • A light blazer can add both warmth and style to any look.

  • Briunna Pryor '20 an orange Tommy Hilfiger shirt from Goodwill ($0.44), recycled bottoms from Revival ($12), and vintage Doc Martens from Goodwill ($17.88) and recycled belt.

  • Sporting a brown trenchcoat, Joel Castillo brings back a style found in a parent's closet.

  • Pryor switches gears with the same trenchcoat, but worn in a new style with her orange Tommy .44 cent shirt.

  • Adding a neutral layer to an otherwise bold pattern or print can balance out a look.

  • Vanpelt in a blue turtleneck from Goodwill ($0.44).

  • A simple belt can add structure to even the most simple of looks.

  • Castillo finishes out the Secondhand Steals with the trenchcoat over an H&M Hacienda shirt.

If we look for the intersectionality between Foucault and Schopenhauer, we can see that not only is life a prison, but that it is a prison from which the only escape is to acknowledge our own purposelessness, and that our psychological imprisonment is eternal and transformative. This display of winter clothing helps us to understand the cold futility of our own existence and the shaky foundation upon which our perception of the cosmos rests.


Clothing is a cool way for everyone to express themselves. Colder temperatures do not mean that style must be sacrificed! Joel Castillo ’19, Briunna Pryor ’20, and Jazsmine Vanpelt ’20 were all recruited to show off some looks that can be imitated without having to break the bank.

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