Jessi Arrington: Wearing Nothing New

I am beyond excited to share this amazing TED talk by my wonderful studiomate Jessi Arrington. And yes, Jessi is as bubbly and wonderful in real life. She is currently traveling and I can’t believe I can’t hug her right now! This is sooo huge that her talk is up on TED. Wheeee! (I am about to burst.)

Designer Jessi Arrington packed nothing for TED but 7 pairs of undies, buying the rest of her clothes in thrift stores around LA. It’s a meditation on conscious consumption — wrapped in a rainbow of color and creativity.

22 Comments leave a comment below

  1. Yay, congrats Jessi! I’ve been hoping TED would post this for so long. Inspiring presentation, as always. :-)

  2. So great! Thanks for posting…off to the thrift store now :-)

  3. so inspiring! “it is okay to let go”
    I love this!!!

  4. Agree – very inspiring.

  5. Jessi’s talk was so bubbly and joyful! I’ve been concentrating on adding more color to my wardrobe, and now I’ll remember Jessi’s smiley face whenever I reach for another grey or black item at the store. Thanks for sharing, Tina!

    – Ava

  6. I so loved that!
    Thanks for posting!!!

  7. I feel very inspired after watching this…jessi is such a wonderful person!

  8. How wonderful – congratulations to Jessi!

  9. Much to agree with here, but being a size six blond who is very attractive probably helps a lot. As a fatty, finding clothes at the thrift store is virtually never an option. it used to be when I was younger (and basically bought all my clothes there), but no more.

  10. thanks for sharing this great inspiring vid! love TED vids!

  11. Jessi glows. I suppose it’s got something to do with the outfits, but not entirely. She’s like a hug magnet.

  12. SO lovely.

  13. Gosh jessy!!!! thumbs up!!!

  14. I just love your use of color. I love color, but I don’t really wear much of it. I like to put it in my work. I’ll take the advice of second-hand shopping.

  15. thanks for sharing. i’m most certainly going to show it to my 9 year old for a little dose of colorful life inspiration.

  16. I just got back from the thrift store myself! Didn’t find anything for me, but my husband found a rad western shirt and my daughter got a hot pink ski jacket. I want to go thrifting with Jessi!

  17. LOVE her!!! i love colour too xxx

  18. i wish i could find 2nd hand clothes that fit, but it’s tough being 6 foot, 7 inches tall with a 38″ sleeve length. ah well.

  19. Jeez, Jessi is adorable!

    Love, love, love this and I’m so going to try it for myself

  20. From one thriftoholic to another, so amazing! Thank you for posting!

  21. I love this so much. Thank you for sharing. She seems like a wonderful lady.