Maggie Pa is wearing an Isabel Marant Etoile shirt and scarf belt (brand unknown) from Swap Society.
Maggie Pa is a social media expert, sustainable fashion enthusiast, and walking encyclopedia. As a volunteer for Beyond the Label she has helped to share the news about healthier fashion options and exciting textile innovations. Maggie graduated from UCLA in 2017 with a degree in social science and has been finding ways to marry that with fashion ever since. She has been a great supporter of Swap Society from the beginning and we’re so happy to have her out there, rockin’ swapped styles.
What was your style like growing up?
As a kid, I was a tomboy - loved to wear anything that was comfortable and easy to run around in. In middle school and the beginning of high school, I was in the depths of the Hot Topic meets thrift store phase. (Photos of me from this time have been destroyed/kept under lock and key.)
Who influenced your relationship with fashion the most?
I would say that my mom has been a huge influence on my relationship with fashion. While we do not dress similarly, she’s always encouraged me to be true to myself and my fashion choices.
Do you have an early memory of shopping?
I remember taking my sister and playing in the racks at Macy’s when we were 4 years old and 5 years old because we thought that shopping was boring.
How did you get involved with Swap Society?
I met Nicole at a Beyond the Label event and was instantly intrigued and inspired by Swap Society’s model. Since then, I’ve attended a few of events and donated my own clothes!
What is your favorite thing about swapping instead of shopping?
I love swapping instead of shopping for a few different reasons. Most importantly, swapping ensures that I’m not going out and purchasing new clothing and using up even more of the earth’s limited resources. It’s also cost effective and I think it’s great to see how I can rework and reimagine the pieces I get so that it fits with my style.
How has your style changed since you started swapping?
While my style has not changed drastically, I have started to incorporate monochromatic prints into my wardrobe such as plaid, houndstooth etc. as a way to add texture and depth to my outfits. Still living for my black, white, and grey color palette!
Audrey Stanton was born and raised in the Bay Area and is currently based in Los Angeles. She has attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, London College of Fashion, and received a BFA in costume design from the California Institute of the Arts. Audrey is deeply passionate about conscious fashion and hopes to continue to spread awareness and love for ethical consumption. Visit her blog audstant.com and follow her on Instagram for lots of #slowfashion inspiration!