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This MIT sophomore quickly recycles the clothes she's bored with.

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May 4, 2008

When it comes to her wardrobe, Brooke Jarrett is a minimalist. Oh, not in the wears-all-black, shuns-wild-prints sense, but in the number of items she owns – all of which would fit into one large suitcase. "I like to keep as little clothing as possible," says the MIT sophomore. "If I haven't worn something in the last two weeks, I toss it." Well, trade is more like it. The environmental engineering major is big on recycling. "We have Naked Ladies parties once a year on the third floor of our dorm where you bring everything you no longer wear," says the 19-year-old. "The next day you see your clothes everywhere!" Jarrett's free-spirited style comes from her nomadic California upbringing. She never wears makeup and cuts her own hair. And each outfit is built around a single item, like her favorite shirt with dinosaurs on it. But most of all, she likes socks. "I like to buy socks more than anything."

Where She Shops

FOR FUN SEPARATES Target (180 Somerville Avenue, Somerville, 617-776-4036, target.com) is a favorite for the Mossimo line. "It's from California, and all their clothing is cute and offbeat," says Jarrett. She also visits Old Navy (CambridgeSide Galleria, Cambridge, 617-577-0070, oldnavy.com), because "they always have super-comfy stuff you can mix and match."

FOR INSPIRATION Jarrett says watching Project Runway in high school made her more aware of fashion trends. She roams around Urban Outfitters (11 JFK Street, Cambridge, 617-864-0070, urbanoutfitters.com) for ideas, "but it's usually too expensive." Online, she is a fan of the Swell website (swell.com). "Their clothing is a real treat for me, very California and surf-heavy."

FOR SECONDHAND ITEMS In addition to trading clothes with friends, Jarrett frequents garage sales. “I look in the newspaper for them all the time.” And like many a local student, she finds the Garment District (200 Broadway, Cambridge, 617-876-5230, garmentdistrict.com) a used-clothing bonanza of fun styles at hard-to-beat prices.

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