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38. What are you trying to achieve when you dress?

Elegance, and something that fits well with the temperature or season.

Peace of mind

Clown chic. Smiles on the street. Kids stopping to stare and be inspired for the future. Conservatives frowning or feeling uncomfortable.

I’m trying to seem both approachable and formidable at the same time. So, I want to seem serious and not too feminine. I want to seem like I’m the most competent person you’ve ever met, but that I’m also totally naïve and playful and have no idea what I’m doing. So, essentially I’m building contradiction into my fashion, but at the end of the day I want you to know I’m not fucking around by wearing a baby doll dress and stupid ballet flats.

Depends on the occasion. Comfort at home. If I'm going to an event, I want to indicate that I've thought about my outfit, that I take this event seriously and care. I want to look like someone that you'd like to talk to.

Comfort, confidence.

different times, different things:
in a rush in the morning, to look like myself and my taste and not have accidentally dressed like a middle aged suburban mom…which I think I've done by accident…

evening - to look like myself and to look pretty and cool all at once

for my husband - not wear a bag

that changes with what i am trying to achieve. if i am trying to achieve a man......... i dress the part. if i am trying to achieve a job or win a client - i dress for that desired outcome.

I want to make myself happy and feel good about myself the whole day. I also want to express myself, because clothes are one of the few ways you can do that on a day to day basis (and change it daily if you want), unless you are a performance artist or something.

look good so I feel confident

It depends on where I’m going. If I’m going to work, then I’m trying to appear competent and professional. But I still want to be true to myself, which I think means wearing clothes that are comfortable, feminine, flattering to my body type, and somehow representative of being different than the mainstream but not strikingly so.

I’m trying to feel my most self, trying to wear what feels mostly like me. I equally admire and value toughness and vulnerability and I like to show this with what I wear. I like very subtle signifiers of the darker energy that I tend to be attracted to, via jewelry for instance.

Comfort and a chic ease that looks like I'm not trying too hard.

I'm also trying to get people to love me, like me, hire me and generally think I'm wonderful, smart, beautiful, have incredible taste and can do anything.

I like to wear clothing that is comfortable, practical and flattering. The less fussy, the better.

I’m trying to strike a balance between being practical, and looking good. I usually let how I am feeling lead me in choosing my clothes. Ie. feeling chill and beautiful- maybe simple slacks and a button up, OR feeling exceptional/ ballsy/ wanting attention- a shoulder-padded parrot dress.

A kind of unity with my feelings that day.

Cover my flaws. Feel sexy. Feel good. Cover my ass, literally.


Attractive comfort. I admire glamour but have a hard time achieving it. Spilling things, or getting fabric caught on things, or sitting with my feet up on the seat all deglamorize clothes. And if something isn't comfortable I'll be cranky and distracted until I can change. I hope to look and feel like I belong in my clothes.

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