I have always liked to think of myself as an individual—I was adamant that I wouldn’t conform to the crowd in middle school and high school. Something changed, though, when I came to college.
At Chatham, no one is really going to bat an eye regardless of what you are wearing. If you want to dress up as a chicken every day of the year, go for it. Sweatpants every day? Sure. Nobody is going to judge you for wearing your pajamas to class.
When I came to school, I didn’t have my mother nagging me to put on real pants, so I turned to t-shirts and sweatpants every day. After a semester, it wasn’t working for me, so I started wearing collared shirts and statement necklaces.
After my first year I realized that neither of these extremes were really me. So for the last year and a half or so, I have been honing my style—finding pieces that work for me, understanding what I am comfortable wearing, and building a wardrobe I’m happy with.
Here is what I have discovered about my style: it’s extremely basic.
Not basic in the solid-colors-class-cuts way. I mean in the every-sorority-girl-in-the-U.S. way.
When I discovered that leggings are extremely comfortable and can function in many scenarios as pants, I immediately bought about five pairs.
I have numerous sweaters that I got multiple sizes larger than necessary in order to wear them with said leggings.
And only last week I put the icing on the proverbial cake: I swapped by destroyed black Converse sneakers for brand new, crisp, white ones.
So, sitting here in my oversized sweatshirt and yoga pants, I have to accept my basicness because, let’s be real; it’s not going away.
Honestly, being basic is the best thing I could do. I am comfortable in oversized tops and leggings. White Converse go with everything and add a little something extra to an outfit. Wearing my hair in a messy bun is functional and allows me not to wash my hair every day.
I think the term “basic” has gotten a bad connotation in the last couple of years. Nobody wants to blend in. Nobody wants to be lumped in with everyone else.
But when blending is this comfortable, and lumping doesn’t make me look lumpy, I think I’m okay with it.
And if someone wants to call me basic?
Well, I guess I’ll be the best-dressed basic they’ve ever seen.