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Phelan: Fashion reveals certain moods

Published: Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

As fall weather rolls in, I’ve been looking through my warmer clothes again. A few days ago, I saw a sweatshirt I hadn’t worn in years. It’s blue, with the word “Geneva” in vertical letters down the front, and a spot for a last name to be written horizontally next to that. I immediately recognized it as a “middle school sweatshirt” and knew that it wasn’t permissible to wear in high school. But then I thought again.

It was a quality sweatshirt. No holes, a decent-sized pocket and quite warm. I decided that even though I wouldn’t have been caught dead in one freshman year, I could wear it again.

That got me thinking. I had been afraid to wear a simple blue sweatshirt for the past three years because I thought people would think I was still a middle-schooler. Obviously, I’m not, and no one would think so.

Fashion at Geneva is so diverse that I now laugh at myself from even a week ago. Some girls wear hoodies and leggings every day, and it doesn’t matter what kind of hoodies they wear.

Some people think that they should always “dress their best,” believing in the power of self-confidence and first impressions. I think that most of us fall in between.

I know both male and female students who, on some days – usually Mondays – will swear that sweatpants are their one and only friend. But later, these kids will don a dress or even tuck in their shirts and express themselves through what they wear. Most kids I know usually only dress for themselves and don’t care too much about what others think of them. My good friend Myranda Johnson dresses the way she dresses to let people know about her mood that day and what kind of style she likes.

I usually do the same. A cute dress and curled hair mean I’m happy to be at school.

If I’m in a less-than-stellar mood, I might just slip back into my comfy, old middle school sweatshirt.

• Courtney Phelan is a senior at Geneva High School. She is an outgoing and energetic young writer who likes to swim, read and participate in general teenage activities. She can be contacted at

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