TikTok sensation Brittany Xavier's guide to building a wardrobe for the long haul

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We living in the age of influence, where a single social media post can rally support and trolls in equal measure. The torchbearer of this democratic shift in power is a certain cycling shorts wearing, green juice drinking blogger and TikTok sensation, Brittany Xavier. At 1.4 million followers on Instagram and 2.5 million on TikTok, Xavier pretty much has all ages covered—from TikTok’s teen and twenty-something audience (that also avidly follows her 13-year-old daughter and co-partner in content, Jadyn Xavier) to Instagram’s 24-34 year olds. 

As it goes, with great following comes great responsibility. Under lockdown, the Los Angeles-based fashion and lifestyle influencer partnered with COVID-19 response non-profit @GetUsPPE, a centralised platform to enable communities to provide Personal Protective Equipment to healthcare providers. A conversation with her sister-in-law, a nurse, sparked the idea to spread awareness, and donate to the cause financially. “I was a political science major and writing research papers was my favourite. I see that side of me coming out even more as I’ve been getting involved by sharing with my audience updated facts from very credible news sites with resources on how best they should be dealing with COVID-19,” she tells Vogue India. 

The rest of her Instagram feed is peppered with under three-minute mask-making at-home videos, 3D printing and delivering technology for to make mask-wearing a more comfortable experience, taking to the streets with proclamations of protest during a very tumultuous time, and giving masterclasses to her following on repurposing old outfits and rethinking classics.  

As she turns the camera to her style in sequestration, the queen of DIY and finding new uses in old items, shows us how her lockdown wardrobe will last her a lifetime. We took some serious notes. 

What is the one perfect piece that can transition from couch to coffee run?

My tie-dye pullover; this is ultra cozy for lounging at home, the colour also looks great for video calls. For an outside look, the pullover can be easily cropped and paired with a skirt or jeans. 

“This white top is actually an oversized button down that can be cropped. There are so many things you can do with a shirt. Check out my TikTok video ‘3 ways to transform a button down shirt’."
Jeans, Nobody Denim. Top, Vintage. Sunglasses, Versace

“I like to pair an oversized pullover with strappy sandals to balance proportions and keep the look sleek.”
Pullover, Urban Renewal. Shoes, The Row. Bag, Chloe

"Three pieces are always in my closet. One of them—a lightweight jacket that is necessary to keep any look feeling elevated.”
Full look, Fendi

Tell us more about these looks you have specially created for the Vogue shoot?

I bleached the two-toned jeans myself. It came about when I was looking for ways to refresh items I already owned and re-shop within my closet. Adding the bleach made me feel like I had an entirely new pair of jeans. I have been wearing my Chloe Girls Forward T-shirt on repeat, as I love the oversized and ultra soft fit but more importantly, 100 per cent of purchase proceeds are donated to UNICEF to provide 6.5 million girls with a skill for employability, learning, personal empowerment and active citizenship. My Fendi bag is an investment piece, one I got during quarantine to get me excited about the future. It’s a classic style with a refreshed weave.

“This look is completely monochromatic. If you don’t have the entire look in the same colour, add a white tank.”

“An oversized blazer gives even lounging shorts a fresh take and allows you to style the look in multiple ways.”
T-shirt, Chloé. Shorts, Champion

“With loose, flowing pants I like adding structure with a fitted white tank and a belt to cinch my waist.”
Top, Vince. Trousers, Zara. Belt, Saint Laurent

The PPE initiative you are a part of is making substantial progress. Talk us through the process and what this has been like for you?

One area I’ve felt so strongly about is helping to get supplies to our healthcare workers on the front lines. I’ve partnered with a non-profit @getusppe, which is a centralised platform to enable communities to get PPE to healthcare providers. I’ve tried spreading awareness by sharing details regularly on Instagram stories, creating multiple posts and also on TikTok bringing awareness to the cause. I will continue to do so throughout the pandemic. I’ve also been printing ear guards from our 3D printer to send out to any healthcare worker who has requested it (for free, including shipping costs that we cover ourselves). So far I’ve sent out over 3,000 guards to over 200 different healthcare providers and continue to print them day and night to keep up with my Instagram direct message requests for it. I’m hoping this small gesture will make a difference to our healthcare workers.

Photographed by: Antony Xavier. Fashion editor: Ria Kamat Shetty

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