“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 Clever, a Houston-based Episcopal priest who additionally runs the moral vogue weblog StyleWise. Right here, Leah shares 5 on a regular basis seems to be…
Clergy high with collar: Clergy Picture. Pants: Goal, related. Footwear: Sam Edelman. Blazer: Matter Prints, “a now defunct moral vogue model.”
“Rising up, my household attended a fundamentalist evangelical church. It at all times felt like a secure place, however as I obtained older, I began noticing the sexism and homophobia. By my mid 20s, I used to be uninterested in being in an atmosphere 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. Immediately, I’m an ordained priest and the curate at Grace Episcopal Church in Houston.”
Clergy high with collar: Sacred Stitches. Slacks: thrifted, related. Tote: Goal, related. Footwear: Crocs.
“I like Fleabag and suppose the new priest discourse is so attention-grabbing, as a result of many of the issues he did would get him ex-communicated in actual life! Nevertheless it was one of many priest representations in popular culture that felt most correct to me — heat, accepting. My favourite depiction of a church group is in Lars and the Actual Woman. The film takes place in a small rural Lutheran city, and Ryan Gosling’s character kinds a romantic relationship with a intercourse doll. As a substitute 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 — each day besides Sunday. One in all our church attendants, Celina, a candy girl in her 90s, at all times tells us clergymen ‘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 Package, related. Denims: Madewell. Purse: Baggu. Footwear: Birkenstock, “they go along with every little thing as a result of they don’t go along with something.”
“A motto we use in our church is ‘God loves you, no exceptions.’ In case you’re LGBTQIA+ or an ally, and trying to find affirming church buildings in your space, you may go to gaychurch.org. Take a look at denominational web sites to see in the event that they ordain ladies and queer individuals, and for those who see variety of their management. If it’s not an excessive amount of of an nervousness, you can meet with clergy to ask them concerning the church’s beliefs and values. Or begin by watching providers on-line.”
Sweatshirt: thrifted from Leopard Lounge. Bag: Baggu. Denims: Goal. Flats: Vivaia.
“Years in the past, I labored at Interest 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 have 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 have been being bought for subsequent to nothing. So, what does that imply for the individuals who made them?”
“I began my weblog, StyleWise, so I might meet different people who find themselves serious about 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 at all times a spot for empathy within the dialog.”
T-shirt: Everlane. Flannel: thrifted, related. Denims: Madewell. Boots: Justin “for $6!”
“I wore this outfit to the Houston Rodeo, when everybody wears their cowboy boots. I’ve at all times beloved cowboy boots however felt like an imposter. Once 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 can.’ So, as quickly as my husband and I settled in, I scoured the thrift shops for some boots.”
Thanks a lot, Leah! You may comply with her on Instagram, for those who’d like.
P.S. Extra ladies share their week of outfits, together with an architect who loves shade and a scholar whose wardrobe is 80% thrifted.
(Pictures by Julia Bri for Cup of Jo.)
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