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20. In what way is this stuff important, if at all?

Stuff isn't important, but expression is.

And then there's the fact that life inevitably requires some stuff. Our bodies need to be covered. Underwear is helpful. A wallet comes in handy. As does a travel bag. What covers our bodies, what underwear we wear, what wallet we carry and what travel bag we use are all decisions that express who we are and what we do. Maybe we choose to make all of said things ourselves. Maybe we only buy what's Made in the USA. Maybe we buy everything at Barney's. Or online at Net-A-Porter.

The decisions we make about the things that life requires are important. Those decisions shape our world.

I'm wearing my comfortable clothes right now. They're practical but of little significance o me. It's also the end of the evening so I haven't put much thought into the way I look. My glasses are important because I can't see without them.

I’m on a real “20-something” quest right now, of coming into myself, and coming into my body. It’s very important for my to have the courage to bring my whole self to…this life, I guess- which includes the emotional, intellectual, and physical parts of me. In that way, the clothes I wear are really important- but more in terms of how they make me feel, and if they bring me “into myself” and less in terms of whether or not they’re “in” right now.

Whatever you wear you make a choice, and that choice reflects something of who you are.

It's completely totally important. Not like world peace or the environment, but it's a way of expression of an inner life for some people. Not all, but some.

For some it is their art, their creativity.

Pat Olesko makes wearable political art.

I do sometimes realize, wow, this shit is nothing.

But fashion really can be an artistic expression, and it can be a shorthand for something- like the records in that movie where John Cusack makes those lists and its based on that Nick Hornby novel.

It's a shorthand for- who do you want to be, how do you present yourself- like the ickiest kind of of branding. One person will mock someone who wears all Gucci labels, but it's the same as knowing Suno, Acne, APC, or Tsumori Chisato. (These references already seem dated from when I filled out this survey last summer!) You identify your tribe. Or not- see "normcore" and coziness.

There is an unending cost/benefit analysis of belonging to a tribe, or not.

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