For a few years now, I’ve been on a journey to drastically reduce the amount of clothes I own. I actually dream of wearing a simple “uniform” most days: a white T-shirt, blue jeans and black boots. It’s my interpretation of the Steve Jobs/Mark Zuckerberg style of dressing, which is an extremely smart way to make life just a little less complicated.
Still, in spite of my uniform goals, there are a few things that I don’t want to part with just yet. One of those things are my brown farmer overalls.
I purchased them in a Maryland thrift store a while ago. They were originally pants, but now, after years of use, they’re paint-splattered shorts. They’ve got a very simple design — no buckles or snaps or buttons, just simple ties to keep them up — but they stand out amid the hard concrete, brick and steel of the New York City streets.
My retirement dream is to own a sheep farm — far, far away from bustling city life. I’ll be able to make my own yarn! These overalls remind me of that dream, and affirm the beauty of thrift stores.
Thrift store shopping allows you to find pieces that speak to past, present and future lives. Who says that adults can’t play dress-up? Until I hear otherwise, I’ll stay in my own magical, imaginative little worlds, and continue dreaming of future ones.
Photos by Alan Escoto; photo edits by David Leon Morgan.
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David Leon Morgan is a Bronx-based creative storyteller and crafter. He loves to crochet, sing extremely loudly in the shower and help others share their story in creative ways. Learn more about him and his work at http://davidleonmorgan.com