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14. Was there a point in your life when your style changed dramatically? What happened?

My style has never dramatically changed. Has always been somewhat the same.

Yes, this past year I finally started to find who I was as a person and my style changed with it

A big bang moment occurred when I was 14. I was sitting on a park bench by the waterfront, reading a book on a warm June day. An incredibly creepy old man walked up and started taking my picture. He told me I was beautiful. I felt paralyzed with fear and acted like I didn't mind having my picture taken to avoid upsetting him.

In that moment, I decided I was an alternative girl, like my friend Caroline's older sister who wore Metallica tank tops. I thought I'd get as many piercings and tattoos as I possibly could, as soon as I could. I wanted to look tough, so men didn't bother me any longer.

I had something like 31 body piercings by my 18th birthday. I had three quarter sleeve tattoos by 20. Today, at age 31, I have 2 piercings and loads of tattoos. Alternative style feels natural.

And for the record...men still bother me.

A couple of times. I used to really enjoy clothes as a child but when I hit puberty my parents started telling me that I was too fat to wear certain things and I stopped caring about clothes and just wore baggy, dark things. Then in my late teens I started dressing the way magazines told me I was supposed to dress to suit an hourglass figure, then when that led to street harrasment I went far in the opposite direction. Now I've sort of gently drifted into something I feel comfortable with.

I am not aware that this happened. I guess my style if one can call it that way developed very slowly over the years. I did want to make any dramatical changes.

It's in quite a transformation recently but it keeps on shifting back and forth just as my own personal transformation shifts back and forth.

No

I wouldn't say dramatically. When I was in my late teens/early twenties I used to dress quite preppy. Then, reaching my mid-twenties I shifted towards what I'd call 'business attire' even on my own time. Classic shirts, well-cut trousers, wool coats etc.

yes. 1960’s pantsuits
1970’s sophisticated European

yes from high school

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!

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