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issue 226 ~ week of june 25, 2021

editor's note

Hi and happy Friday <<First Name>>!

I found myself in a bit of a frenzied state before our vacation to Charleston last week (our first trip in a while). I couldn't figure out what to wear and pack. What is even in style anymore? Do I still like nap dresses? Can I pull off a crop top as breezily as the Gen Z influencers I follow? Should I just give up and pack leggings and sweats?

I ended up finding a happy-medium: I mostly packed easy, breezy dresses I rented to feel dressed up but still comfortable. I also packed a matching sweatshorts set, which is my answer to still wanting to hold onto the “standby-sweatpants-of-yore” feel while still looking presentable in the summer.

Now that I'm re-emerging back into the world, I'm thinking a lot about clothes, my personal style, and getting dressed. A silver lining of quarantine was saving money I would've otherwise spent on clothes. I mostly wore the same 4 or 5 sweatpants and leggings on rotation, with a pullover on top. “Who needs fashion?!” I thought I cracked the code. I was done with the ol' circus of succumbing to the latest trends and dumping most of my disposable income on them.

Fast forward to now and I'm feeling differently. I'm excited by the prospect of “getting dressed!” After slogging through quarantine, it's thrilling to try on new styles and it’s nice to feel put-together! As far as I can tell, there are no clear-cut style "trends" right now, so anything goes — I'm free to experiment. I'm gravitating towards bold colors, patterns, and prints. A one-shoulder top? Sure. Plaid halter? Say no more.

Most importantly though, it feels like I'm getting dressed for myself and my own enjoyment, not to appease anyone else (or even social media). I needed to go through this period of mostly-isolation to get to a mindset of personal style as truly that: personal, and not performance. Not caring as much what others think. Is getting again?

How are you thinking about getting dressed right now? Is it a challenge to transition out of “soft pants?” Or maybe you haven't? What types of clothes are you gravitating towards? Here are some of our readers’ answers on our IG. Have a great weekend!

— Alisha Ramos, founder/editor at GNI
This week's picks and reads were curated by: Alisha Ramos

weekly picks

ideas for unwinding this weekend
  • A fun bikini that satisfyingly pairs perfectly with these cups
  • Fresh and in-season statement earrings for your Zooms. 🍓🍑
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  • Say no to moldy sponges. Say yes to sponge cake summer.
  • "I’ve been really struggling to reacquaint myself with waistbands after a year of sweats, but Lucy & Yak’s incredibly comfy corduroy dungarees came into my life and told me I don’t have to. So many colors, so soft, so fun to wear." - Casey McQuiston, bestselling author of Red, White & Royal Blue and One Last Stop Guest rec
  • Flipping out (in a good way) about Cara Delevigne's AD home tour. She has a ball pit in her home because...she knows how to live. 🎪
  • A gorgeous, breezy linen dress that could be dressed down for a coffee date (add sneakers) or dressed up for a wedding (add heels).
  • A bunch of you mentioned you're shopping for sensible summer shoes. Did you know we curated a whole shop for that? These sandals are popular. 👡
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  • Calling all bookish readers! Harriets Bookshop in Philly is raising money for their permanent storefront and they're so close.
  • All I'm wearing these days are bralettes. Here's a simple and soft option in a pretty color.
  • Bonus laugh: Chips in a bowl truth.
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a snap from my trip — dining al fresco in charleston @ babas

weekly reads

reads to share with the group chat

 take action and take care


Ways to take action this week... Read Gender Justice Leadership Program’s Community Report Back zine, a recap on the Spring 2021 legislative session with ways to take action in solidarity with trans youth. Take the Pursue Black Liberation 21-day challenge to build a daily practice of anti-racism centered in Black liberation.

Ways to take care… Read the inspiring stories of the folks on them.’s Now List, a group of LGBTQ+ activists, artists, and community figures honored throughout the month. Visit the Black Trans Travel Fund, an organization supporting financial and material support for just and accessible travel, to donate, request funds, or receive free political education books.

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our resident office pup @otistheyorkiepoo x the new Whiled big tote
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