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29. Did your parents teach you things about clothing, care for your clothing, dressing or style? What lessons do you remember? Or did you just pick things up?

None of those things

No. Just picked up bits and pieces. But I don’t really know a lot.

They told me to get things dry cleaned when they're supposed to be dry cleaned, and put your off-seasonal clothes away. Aside from them, I picked things up

I learned the basics from family and then tweaked things for my own personality.

Color coordination from Mom..

I wasn't taught anything directly, but my family is mostly women so seeing everyone around me with their own personal style helped me cultivate my own.

from watching everybody it gives me ideas on what i should wear.

Yeah, all of that. But I evolved from that, I needed more. I remember none in particular.


I think I picked more up then teaching. My parent if they were speaking at al of style it was rather behaviour style they were speaking about.

As a child when I was still growing and therefore needed new clothes every year, my Mum would ask me to pick a colour and we would then build my seasonal items around that to maximize the number of possible combinations and outfits. I wore a unifrorm to school in England so it was all pretty reactional until we moved back to Canada and I needed clothes seven rather than two days a week.

I learned how to sew and how to wash clothes. My dad would wash and iron his dress shirts himself. They never dry cleaned anything, so I have a strong sense of maintaining my things myself.

No, I picked things up, and my family lets me know if my outfit is a hit or miss.

No -- I've learned that I need fewer clothes than my mother and I do not buy something, just because it looks good -- I need to have a cause to wear it.

it's important to hang things up or fold them, not throw them on the floor in a heap. still working on that one.

Lessons from mum:
Wear natural fibres!
Wool sweaters wear better than acrylic. De-bobble your sweaters!
Ironing something makes you look more put together.
Classic not trendy.
We're not rich enough to wear cheap clothes. (i.e. trendy bad quality vs classic, better quality)
Vintage/thrift stores are great.
Good quality shoes are important (I learned that from a Sherlock Holmes story, but it was also reinforced by my mum)

I learned how to do laundry for myself in boarding school. I never did that growing up and it wasn't until I was thirteen that I learned how to do that. I had no guidance that I can remember as far as style. I would read style and fashion books when I was younger, but I don't think the way I dress now is influenced by them because I can't remember anything they said.

My mom taught me everything I know about caring for clothing but nothing about style.

My parents taught me to look after what I have.

No, my dad doesn't care for clothing and my mum seems to be just coming into her personal style in her 50s. I feel that I kind of went it alone, navigating trends until I decided to step outside of that and do my own thing.

Yes, to care for your possessions, and to have a timeless style

I still remember that they always tell to wear long clothes to cover my body

My parents always told me to take care of my clothes and not be too rough with my clothes. When I wash I do not put clothes with a certain fabric in the dryer.

My Mother sewed many of her clothes and thrifted the rest. My Father wore workwear, like Carhartt, Timberland, Dickies, and Caterpillar.

I'll be endlessly grateful that my Mother taught me how to sew. I won awards for sewing in my teens, and today I really understand how garments are put together. My Mother's never had the money to buy well-made clothes, but her sewing lessons taught me how to assess garment quality.

There are certain lessons my parents couldn't teach me, because they weren't white collar professionals. I had to learn how to navigate dry cleaning and tailoring very quickly when I graduated college.

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