“In elementary faculty, on the times my household couldn’t make it to church, I’d write a sermon, wrangle everybody into the lounge, and lead a service,” laughs Leah Wise, a Houston-based Episcopal priest who additionally runs the moral style weblog StyleWise. Right here, Leah shares 5 on a regular basis seems to be…
Clergy prime with collar: Clergy Image. Pants: Target, similar. Footwear: Sam Edelman. Blazer: Matter Prints, “a now defunct moral style model.”
“Rising up, my household attended a fundamentalist evangelical church. It all the time felt like a secure place, however as I acquired older, I began noticing the sexism and homophobia. By my mid 20s, I used to be bored with being in an surroundings that solely heard solely male voices. So, I ended going. A yr later, my husband and I visited an Episcopal church with a feminine pastor. Seeing her up there ignited my need to serve in ministry. At this time, I’m an ordained priest and the curate at Grace Episcopal Church in Houston.”
Clergy prime with collar: Sacred Stitches. Slacks: thrifted, similar. Tote: Target, similar. Footwear: Crocs.
“I really like Fleabag and suppose the new priest discourse is so fascinating, as a result of a lot of the issues he did would get him ex-communicated in actual life! However it was one of many priest representations in popular culture that felt most correct to me — heat, accepting. My favourite depiction of a church neighborhood is in Lars and the Real Girl. The film takes place in a small rural Lutheran city, and Ryan Gosling’s character types a romantic relationship with a intercourse doll. As an alternative of ostracizing him, his family and friends reply with empathy and sensitivity.”
“Our church has a day faculty, and I put on this whereas main chapel for the preschoolers. Navy feels softer and extra approachable than black. I put on these Crocs — essentially the most comfy footwear I personal — daily besides Sunday. One among our church attendants, Celina, a candy girl in her 90s, all the time tells us monks ‘Don’t put on open-toed footwear whereas serving at Sunday service.’ It’s an old-school formality, however I’m completely satisfied to respect it.”
Shirt: The Kit, similar. Denims: Madewell. Purse: Baggu. Footwear: Birkenstock, “they go along with all the things as a result of they don’t go along with something.”
“A motto we use in our church is ‘God loves you, no exceptions.’ Should you’re LGBTQIA+ or an ally, and looking for affirming church buildings in your space, you may go to gaychurch.org. Have a look at denominational web sites to see in the event that they ordain ladies and queer individuals, and should you see variety of their management. If it’s not an excessive amount of of an nervousness, you could possibly meet with clergy to ask them in regards to the church’s beliefs and values. Or begin by watching companies on-line.”
Sweatshirt: thrifted from Leopard Lounge. Bag: Baggu. Denims: Target. Flats: Vivaia.
“Years in the past, I labored at Passion Foyer, the chain of craft shops. At some point, whereas unloading merchandise, I seen ‘handmade’ labels on these little collectible figurines. However the collectible figurines had been solely $3. Seeing the ‘handmade’ endorsement and low price ticket collectively made me understand that mass-produced items are generally handmade, not pumped out of a machine. And so they had been being offered for subsequent to nothing. So, what does that imply for the individuals who made them?”
“I began my weblog, StyleWise, so I may meet different people who find themselves focused on altering the fast-fashion system. Not everybody can afford sustainable garments or has time to thrift, however doing what you may is nice, just a little at a time. I imagine in approaching sustainable dwelling from a spot of solidarity. We’re exploited by capitalism, and impacted by components like wage suppression, hiring discrimination, lack of entry, and financial recession. So, there’s all the time a spot for empathy within the dialog.”
T-shirt: Everlane. Flannel: thrifted, similar. Denims: Madewell. Boots: Justin “for $6!”
“I wore this outfit to the Houston Rodeo, when everyone wears their cowboy boots. I’ve all the time beloved cowboy boots however felt like an imposter. After we moved to Texas, although, everybody was so pleasant and welcoming. There’s a saying: ‘You weren’t born right here however you got here simply as fast as you could possibly.’ So, as quickly as my husband and I settled in, I scoured the thrift shops for some boots.”
Thanks a lot, Leah! You’ll be able to comply with her on Instagram, should you’d like.
P.S. More women share their week of outfits, together with an architect who loves color and a student whose wardrobe is 80% thrifted.
(Pictures by Julia Bri for Cup of Jo.)
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