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14. Was there a point in your life when your style changed dramatically? What happened?
When I lived on the east coast, I embraced dresses, which had mostly seemed impossibly fancy for the everyday on the west coast.
Yes when i met my husband at age 32 it all got better in both life and in my wardrobe. He made me see life With New and open eyes.
At some point, I tried to kill myself. After surviving that attempt, I started wearing colors and patterns.
Yes, when I moved from New Zealand to London, I started to wear all the clothes I dreamed of wearing but was too afraid to wear in my small town.
Yes, after I finished college. I got diagnosed with Lupus, went through my first love break up and came off of the anxiety medicine I had been on since I was in 8th grade. These things exposed my roots and the fake tree I had seemed to be living as. I didn't know at the time it was ungenuine, I was very asleep. But certain things wake you and make you really dip deep and my style was one of those things I started seeing depth in. I feel like if my ex saw me now he'd say "you have changed so much" but I think its beautiful, to change and grow. But at the same time I feel more than ever like the little girl Ive always been. I am still the blonde girl who loves Chuck Taylors, music and playing outside.
Early 20's; I just knew It was time to be myself.
A few times, it relates a lot to my frame of mind.
I don’t really think so. I guess as soon as I decided to start caring, I threw out a ton of clothes, bought a new wardrobe, and that was it. After that, my style just evolved, I suppose.
im over 30 years old now.
I realized I hated the way most people dressed. They wanted to be like each other. I did not.
I started dating women.
When I hit high school, I was pretty much known as the girl who could pull off anything. That's when I started to explore gothic looks, as well as trendy, girly looks, but I would also sometimes wear leggings and t-shirts.
I hated shopping for clothes until I was twelve, and basically just wore graphic tees and whatever pants were comfiest or most practical. Then I discovered a store with fashion sense I can only describe as "grandma on vacation." I fell in love and dressed that way all through middle school.
no. I've always been reserved in the way I dress because I always feared for negative criticism.
In high school when I started talking to my stylist friend/mentor in LA and last summer when I got into punk music.
yes, i went from not caring to caring a lot
Yes when I was pregnant I gain weight.
Going to Woodstock in 1969 forever changed my style. I will forever be a Hippie & I don't care who wears what as I'm not into changing my style of free expression just because some magazine model or ad shows a new trend.
Yes last year when I found out about the cancer and I was unable to work any more. I decided to just get the western clothes I like and not worry about work attire any longer.
I used to be really into black emo/punk clothing, but then all of a sudden my style changed and I hated all my black clothes and began loving floral, colourful clothing
many times, often it goes back and forth between black fabrics and sort of a seriousness to vibrant colors and more playful. it's often based on how visible or invisible i want to be.
Between year 11 and the start of Sixth Form at school! I guess it's got a lot to do with being able to wear your own clothes into school everyday instead of wearing a uniform, but when I started sixth form I through the rule book out completely and grew more confidence in my style and myself. I began trying to be as creative in my appearance as I was in my studies and it allowed for some disasters but also for some great looks!
I had a shoulder injury about two years ago. I had to stop lifting weights, I couldn't pull things on over my head, my arms got bigger, and I was just through with menopause. That confluence of events cleared out my closet pretty dramatically, even more than having babies and leaving my office job did.
I decided I wasn't going to save anything I couldn't put on right now (no saving stuff I might be able to wear - that's just humiliating) or wear if I suddenly broke into a streaming sweat. I discovered home made dress shields. I had to get rid of my 'someday' wardrobe of cute little vintage dresses and shoes. And the handbags to go with them, because they hurt to look at.
About the same time, I stumbled into the internet land of I Will Wear What I Like. Not as designer driven as the NYC crones. Much clashing color.
I have never looked back
when i was younger i wore a skater skirt everyday that i wasn't at school. i refused to wear anything else because i didn't like change and was scared of people not liking my style, so i thought if i wore the same thing everyday then that wouldn't happen. my style changed dramatically when i didn't wear these skirts ever again. it was all because i went on holiday with new people who had a quirky style and i knew they wouldn't care.
No, there isn't. Conservatism, see?
Not dramatically... A few years ago I decided to abandon everything (from my wardrobe) that wasn't easy to combine with everything else.
The spring of my last year of University I had to do a complete wardrobe overhaul as I had lost of 20kgs during the winter. I was wearing tighter fitting items compared to my previous loose and a 'few sizes too big' garments.
I went through quite a 'goth' or more 'Victorian Style' period and I loved it. Lots of chokers and black and black hair and gemstones and I felt like a badass witch.
when I moved to London, aged 21 - working in a French agency. That was probably my biggest switch as the ladies around me - on the tube, at work, in coffee shops - all looked so perfectly put together that I made more of an effort.
In London, I took more time with my clothes, hair and make up. When I moved to Hong Kong, at 28 - my wardrobe changed to suit the climate but being surrounded by glamour and style and money perhaps - means a little of that rubs off
early twenties - I sort of grew up too early
from time to time you invent yourself again
College my sophomore year was a starting point; I was unafraid to go more vintage senior year and beyond. I like to have a defined style. I also love drag queens and wrote my senior thesis about televised drag culture. It was 60 pages about RuPaul's Drag Race, my favorite TV show. I LOVE how queens rock a devoted look and perform to the high heavens out of it. The show gave me one of my favorite lines when it comes to really going for it in fashion and style: "If you're going to be a coke whore, come out with a plate of coke."