The would-be outfits of Spring 2020
With half of the semester suddenly cut short and students now in isolation, methods of self-expression through clothing are limited to a tiny Zoom screen. We asked fashionistas and planners alike to send us their missed-fits — missed opportunities to wear an outfit this semester. All photos submitted by students and designed by Christina Tan unless otherwise noted.
An outfit for absurd times
Gabriella Feuillet, Sid Richardson College junior, submitted two outfits: one to remember her friends from Rice, and one to match the absurdity of the times.
“Wearing this outfit (left), I carry special memories of some of my best friends at Rice. This is one of my favorite shirts, gifted to me by Jadon Jiang. I love the colors so much because it reminds me of a tortoise beetle. And it matches these shoes. I am also wearing a small jade pendant on my earring. I bought this with Toprak Eraslan at The Blue Hand in Rice Village.”
“I had no special occasion for this fit (right), but even if I didn’t get to wear it at Rice, I will wear it at home, and the occasion will be lunch with my family. Each day in quarantine, I find myself experimenting more and more with my clothes. Everything feels absurd, so my outfits will be too.”
An outfit for rebranding
Blaise Willis, Duncan College sophomore, decided to “rebrand as an e-boy” and celebrate the release of singer Conan Gray’s debut album.
“I wore my tour shirt with black shorts … and black rose embroidered Doc Martens. [I] added my clear belt and some chains then started asking myself why I’m not Tik-Tok famous yet. I was going to cut my hair over spring break and switch to a permanent middle part but #socialdistancing … Could’ve stunted on everyone in [Coffeehouse] but at least one of the workers at HEB said she liked my outfit from six feet away.”
An outfit for spring
Some students were planning to stunt new clothes in the warm spring weather. Amy Jiang, Wiess College junior submitted the beach fit she was supposed to wear for spring break, and Christina Lee, Lovett College junior, wanted to take the opportunity to layer a dress and a top.
“[My] friends and I were supposed to go to the beach for spring break. In the past, I would gravitate towards triangle bikini swim tops, so I was trying to get something different,” Jiang wrote.
“Honestly, I was going to just wear this fit on a day where I wanted to feel spring, but make it ~chic~ ... I am a big believer in dressing how you want when you want to, if an outfit makes you feel fly that’s a perfect occasion to wear it. I’ve gotten really into layering tops over/under dresses. My earrings — everyone asks about them — I actually got as a present from Korea. I meant to pair a chunky gold chain with this dress but unfortunately had to leave some of my jewelry at school,” Lee wrote.
An outfit that says “yee-haw”
Mai Ton, Baker College junior, snagged a cowboy hat on the last day of the Houston Rodeo, before it was suspended indefinitely.
“I was ready to be a space ranger of the wild wild west and beyond. But now I’m just a guardian of my room, the living room and the kitchen.”
An outfit born out of inspiration
Sunee Kate Quirante, Lovett senior, repurposed a bandana as a top in her flirty outfit, which features a hand-made mouthpiece.
“I have four pairs of pink pants and recently added this one to my collection! It’s a glittery, flirty pair of pants that I think are super adorable. The top is just a silk bandana tied around my chest which I matched with a pair of silver heels my friend gave me secondhand (and that’s on eco-feminism)! The mouthpiece is made by me but inspired by my favorite designer, @creepyyeha.”
An outfit to show off quarantine-bangs
Ella Feldman, Baker junior, did the deed: cutting her own bangs at 2 a.m. Her new haircut won’t be seen on campus for now, but makes an appearance here with the addition of a bandana.
“My brief love affair with my white turtleneck was cut short, destroying so many e-girl possibilities. Here’s an outfit I probably would’ve worn to class, layering my Favorite Shirt Ever and a gold chain over the turtleneck, then pairing it with the skinny jeans I’ve been loyal to since the eighth grade and my Reeboks (which I will wear to my grave probably). The most exciting part of this outfit is that I have BANGS now which means I can wear BANDANAS and it truly breaks my heart I can’t bop around campus with my new hair. Then again, I likely would not have given myself bangs at 2 a.m. if it were not for the ummmchaosanxietyloneliness caused by social isolation. But a girl can dream.”
An outfit to go from class to the club
Varun Kataria, Lovett junior, was in Edinburgh for study abroad before his term was cut short by COVID-19.
“I lived far from campus, and would typically not go home until the end of the day. Often, my friends would spontaneously decide to hit a pub/club any day of the week, so I had to perfect the balance between staying warm and ready to go out everyday. For me, that entailed layering shirts, wearing heavy jackets and warm beanies, combined with a lot of jewelry.”
“I like to wear a lot of accessories when I go out, so on my neck, I’m wearing a Cuban link necklace, with a three-pendant pound sign necklace. On my hand, I have two flashy costume rings, and around my wrist three punk-inspired bracelets. The jacket, shirt, pants, all of the hand jewelry and the pound necklace were thrifted in Edinburgh.”
An outfit for a dance or date
Mei Leebron, Duncan sophomore, and Maya Pai, Will Rice senior, had fancy outfits in mind. Leebron said she was going to wear this long flowy maxi-dress to a date with her boyfriend. Pai said she was planning to wear this satin minidress to Rondelet, which would have been this past Saturday.
Disclaimer: Ella Feldman is the Thresher Features editor and Mai Ton is the Thresher Marketing Manager.