I couldn’t stand the lectures back then, but over time, I realized that my mom was right. Thus, my first lessons about fashion came from my parents, and their waste-not, want-not mentality played a huge part in why I pursued fashion as a major in college. Soon, I too started enjoying passing along hand-me-downs, and I took pride in seeing the people I cared about sporting the same pieces I once loved. (I may not have always agreed with how they styled my favorite shirts and mini purses from Limited Too — no shade — but it did feel good to see how they were finding their personal style.) I kept that sustainable mindset going, selling pre-owned shoes on Poshmark and hauling bags of clothes to consignment shops for enough cash to pay for my university textbooks.