#HerStyleStory with Lucy: How My Closet Helped Heal My Eating Disorder

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Introducing a new blogseries here at Budget Bohemian: the #HerStyleStory series!

We’ll be sharing the lives, style tips & closets of ethical fashionista and boho babes from all around the world — how they thrift, how they curate their capsules, and how they shop ethically — and how fashion has deeply impacted their lives.

Here at Budget Bohemian we believe your clothes MATTER. Our philosophy is that the best fashion statement is ethical and sustainable style and that your style should be a form of self-care & self-expression. We’re interviewing fashionistas from all over the world with the same views and sharing their amazing stories with YOU!

Do YOU wanna be featured? Share your pictures on Instagram with the tag #HerStyleStory. I’ll be looking for you boho chic looks and your ethical fashion tips! Post away! 😉

This week’s featured boho babe is Lucy of @lucycampbell. She’s a curvaceous beauty from Westport, Connecticut (just like yours truly — that’s where my grandparents used to live!) and currently goes to college in Arlington, VA (not far from where I live now. Weird huh?)

Lucy’s here to share with us how her style has evolved as an empowering force in her life, through her struggle with eating disorders.

She’s a powerful soul with a powerful message. Can’t wait to share! 🙂

Lucy describes her personal brand of #boho as minimalistic, empowering and detail-oriented.

Here’s our interview with Lucy on her lifestyle, ethical shopping & closet styling!

(1) What’s your obsession/unique hobby, Lucy? We’d love an insider’s look into your interests, to introduce you to our audience.

I’ve always been very interested in photography. I almost went to art

school for it, but decided I’d rather go into a human services field, but it’s always

remained a passion and hobby of mine. I’ve recently gotten back in touch with it and am

loving every minute of it.

When asked what her favorite #ethicalfashion piece was, she said this thrifted camel peacoat! Gorgeous. 🙂

(2) What does your normal day look like and how does your wardrobe serve you in
your daily life?

As a full time student who also works 3 jobs my normal day is spent between work, classes, instagram stalking dogs, and time spent with friends or my boyfriend.

I’ve made my routine for getting ready to be a key part of my day and a cathartic way to start it. Days that I’m rushed or not able to go through my full process my confidence is lower and I feel less grounded, dressing up and looking nice is something I do for myself and myself only.

Dressing up and looking nice is something I do for myself and myself only.

My wardrobe serves my daily life by providing an outlet for creativity, reflecting who I am and how I’m feeling that day, and allowing me to contribute towards feeling good about myself, my body, and practicing daily self care. Days where I’m feeling more anxious or insecure than others definitely reflects in my wardrobe because my outfits aren’t as thought out and are thrown together with less care and uniqueness.

(3) Change is a natural and healthy part of life, and our closets reflect the growth that we go through in our lives. Why has your style evolved through the past 5-10

years?

Over the past 5 years my life has constantly changed. In high school I struggled with an eating disorder and was forced to face a lot of my demons while recovering from that. My eating disorder made me ashamed and insecure about my body to no end.

So having to totally change this mindset and the physical behaviors that went along with it required me to really gain insight on myself and learn how to cope with things completely differently than I had been for most my life. This really forced me to be in touch with my body and emotions and understand how to be comfortable in my skin and what self care meant to me individually.

I had to really intensely reflect on how I was treating my body and see how important self care really was for my overall being (mental, physical, spiritual, etc.). When I was in the trenches of my eating disorder I was constantly wearing loose clothes and things that made me blend it, I really didn’t want to catch anyones attention or draw attention to my body. Now that I’m at a healthy weight and have gone through a really tough (and truthfully never ending) journey to achieve self love my style and attitude towards my body has completely changed.

When I was in the trenches of my eating disorder I was constantly wearing loose clothes and things that made me blend it, I really didn’t want to catch anyones attention or draw attention to my body…

I now use fashion as a way to stand out and express myself. I no long care if it draws attention from people because I dress as I do for myself and because I like to- not to elicit or prevent a reaction from others.

I now use fashion as a way to stand out and express myself. I no long care if it draws attention from people because I dress as I do for myself and because I like to- not to elicit or prevent a reaction from others. I’ve gone from fearing getting dressed in the morning to having it be exciting, empowering, and a process which I gain self love and confidence rather than losing it.

My wardrobe has gone from being one of the most anxiety provoking things in my life to one of the most empowering.

{GUYS SHE’S SO AMAZING!!!! #bodypositiveeverrrrryday}

 

Gotta love that 70s feel.

(4) How do you try to shop ethically? What got you interested in ethical and

sustainable style?

My main format of shopping ethically is through thrifting and shopping second hand. I am active on second hand websites as well as frequent in thrift shops near my home and school.

I’m a big believer in recycling clothes and do sell back most my clothes to second hand stores online or in person or donate.

I became interested in this when I started to grow interest in vintage looks, this is what initially drew me to thrift stores and then once I started I learned I loved it.

(5) Can you share your favorite ethical/sustainable brand with our tribe?!

Where I work we sell jewelry by a sustainable and unique designer, Hila, and I have fallen in love with her pieces as well as how she makes them. She runs a sustainable business and bases her pieces of nature and her travels. Each piece is handcrafted which makes them all so unique and individual. Although her pieces are a bit pricier, due to their quality, she’s a favorite designer of mine to admire and hopefully one day purchase.

Check out Hila here.

(6) What’s your favorite ethical/thrifted piece that you own?

This is an answer that changes every time I go thrifting. Currently my favorite thrifted piece I own is a vintage camel colors jackets. It’s a beautiful peacoat fit and is a bit oversized, but I think that adds character and goes along with the vintage look of it. {Pictured above}

(7) Do you have a capsule wardrobe? If so, how did you create it to suit YOUR

personality and YOUR lifestyle?

I am currently in the process of developing my own capsule wardrobe. I am a big fan of the idea that you only need a handful of quality pieces to make up your style, but also am still in the process of weeding out pieces that don’t fit this description that I own.

I am repeat offender for compulsive shopping which makes minimizing my wardrobe hard for me, but I will say that a great deal of my compulsive shopping takes place at second hand and thrift shops.

 

Mini skirt. Choker. Retro blouse. Be still, oh my beating heart!

10) What’s your number one thrift tip for us?

My biggest thrifting tip would be to go when you have time and patience. In my experience a large part of thrifting is weeding through a pile of things you don’t want to find that one really special thing you do want. If you go in with only a little time and are not willing to dig for that one piece you won’t get all out of the experience that there is to it.

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A HUGE shout-out to Lucy for sharing her body positivity story, how fashion helped her heal and her thrifting tips!

Follow Lucy on Instagram, Twitter and snapchat @xolscxx.

Like Lucy’s story? Please like this post and share for your friends! Stay tuned for more interviews — and remember, if you wanna be featured tag your photos with #HerStyleStory on IG.

If you’re looking for more boho styling tips + how to start your own boho capsule wardrobe, check out my blog post here!

Sending love,

Monica

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