birkenSHOCK

The trend that confuses me the most is Birkenstocks. More specifically, Birkenstocks with sweatpants. Have you seen this? If you’re a college student, I’m sure you have—it is way prevalent. It looks lazy, for one, because it is lazy. Sandals and sweats and go. Laziness aside, there is something appealing about the way those Birkenstock-wearers carry themselves. “I don’t care,” their aura screams, “but I’m still stylish. Sorry you aren’t me.” I like that, but I still can’t get past the fact that at the end of the day they’re still just ratty old sandals from the 70’s. So in typical // fashun style, I have upped the ante, combining the careless confidence of Birkenstocks with the attentiveness and shock value of high fashion.

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Including a cameo from Jack, the boxer. He’s into it.

What I was trying to achieve in this look was a combination of intentionality, unity of accessories, and that feeling you get during a poker game when someone looks you straight in the eyes and says in a steely voice, “I see your [whatever] and raise you… [whatever].” Makes your spine tingle, doesn’t it? Sweatpants and Brikenstocks? So be it. But just try to look this good with your lazy 8 am lecture attitude. You won’t.

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To achieve this look, I paired a sleeveless button-up with some cuffed sweatpants—as per the constraints of the trend—with a creative assortment of Birkenstocks. I found the shoes to be incredible versatile, as their buckles allowed them to be fasted to necklaces, headbands, and belts. The straps were also wide enough for them to be worn as bracelets. The shoe is very lightweight, which makes this outfit practical as well as incredible.

Fashion is a form of self-expression. We all know this. So why do we buy into the limits that other people place on us? Why can’t we look at something and say, I like this, I feel good in this, I’m going to rock it. If we’re expressing ourselves then why does it so often seem like we’re just blending in with a crowd? Don’t you want to turn heads?

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At the end of the day, all I can tell you is this: don’t just go with the flow. Be intentional with what you wear and do your best to be true to yourself and how you want to be perceived. Honesty is the best policy, especially when it comes to Birkenstocks. So if next semester you see me in your 8 am lecture with a Birkenstock on my head, I hope you feel inspired to start being honest with yourself and think outside the fad.

Best wishes,
Albatross x

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