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4. Was there a moment in your life when something “clicked” for you about fashion or dressing or make-up or hair? what? why did it happen then, do you think?

I dressed as a pin-up girl for Halloween my sophomore year of college. The color schemes worked for my hair and skin and the way the lines cut across the body celebrated my curves way more than any boho look I could have tried. I liked getting bangs, too. I remember feeling intimidated to wear a leather jacket with red lipstick but one day I just did and was so into it. The way people dressed at my college when I attended was really cool. I think I learned to be more myself by seeing others be more themselves. It was a great beauty standard to see after seeing so much of a preppy style in my hometown.

I think in middle school I decided I was going to wear as many colors and prints as I wanted. My mom and my sister made fun of me, but my friends always supported and complimented me. I loved and still love creating looks with a lot of drama and life to them. I want people to notice me, and that's what I wanted at age 12 too. I wanted to stand out and matter to people.

Esther a slow development of leaving my mothers Ideals. Beaty was Kind of suppresed before.

i was younger

In recent times the whole high heel thing is something that has really clicked for me. A lot of high heels I find to be incredibly unattractive, and I suppose what has clicked for me is that plenty of other shoes look just as good and professional and glamorous and stylish as high heels (if not more so). I don't need to wear high heels just because I am a professional and just because the majority of the women that I work with do. I think I've come to realise that the kind of shoes you wear don't determine how good a lawyer you actually are. And I've also realised that high heels are lot more susceptible to being damaged by endless pounding around the office than brogues are!

Minimalism= life altering.

When I started dating

Don't know what triggered it, but something about makeup and hair being important came pretty late to me. I don't overdo it, but I pay attention now.

I had long hair as a child, but got it cut into a short crop when I was 11, because I started swimming a lot and long hair was a pain to manage. I've grown my hair out once since then, but it was clear to me that short hair is "me". It defines how I dress. It wasn't a sudden relevation, it's just something that became clear to me over the years.

I've been interested in all these things since I was I child and they make my life complete. I like to change style often,to experiment,... I'll never stop.

This year I have really realized that I don't care all that much. Comfort is key lol. I shaved my head, I mostly wear plain t shirts and overalls. I dress up for events. Probably because I got a 9-5 job and didn't feel like putting that much effort into my appearance. I like it more though. I feel more androgynous and queer and simple and focused.

I was 13 and got into the scene look. I realized that my heart enjoyed the beauty in it

Yes. I moved to New York City when I was 18 to attend NYU. I had never had a real grip on the idea of what to wear, and in high school I had felt foiled at every turn because I had pretty much no money or freedom of my own expression. When I got to NYC, I experimented with every look under the sun. I wore oversized sheer t-shirts as dresses, pale pink patent leather Doc Martens, and any strange men's shirt I could find at Salvation Army. I was empowered by the fact that NO ONE in New York cares. Wear whatever you want. The city has better things to do than pay attention to your lil' outfit.

When I turned 40. I had the figure I was going to have, and the hair I was going to have, and the confidence, finally, to dress for what suits me. It was the confidence that comes with age, and realizing that getting older is awesome.

Yes, when I started sleeping with men I unconsciously began dressing much more feminine.

Somewhere in the first year of working on my job, I realised I could spend way more money on clothing (or on literally anything else) than I ever could before. I loved it, although it felt weird... but I got used to spending more, buying less really quick. Soon I realised that, in the end, expensive clothing can be cheaper than cheap clothing. I also realised how much joy it gives me to not necessarily wear ''fashionable'' clothing, but to wear pieces with nice fabrics and fits (so not the H&M I was used to as a student).

Actually, when was reading Women In Clothes. There's a line early on in there, that was just like, dressing is about being yourself. Being myself. That resonated with me. It was permission to just throw out all the other "rules". I am the ultimate, final authority in my style. That realization brought a lot of fun back to dressing.

I don't think it has happened yet.

Not yet. I'm a 22 year old who just graduated from college and think I'm still trying to figure out what my personal style is. But I think I'm slowly but surely getting there - I know what I like and don't like.

A few years ago, I decided to stop dying my hair. At first, nothing clicked, I just felt awful. Grey! Old! Urgh! Then, slowly, I got it. The cool cut, the make up to go with it. Right now: grey hair, almost white, very short, pink sneakers. Love it!

I like to experiment and I've never really been attentive to trends; I'm guided by a sort of inner sense of style. I'm in touch with myself and I think I'm aware of what colors, styles, etc. look attractive (or unattractive) on me. I know what I like. For me, there was no singular moment when something "clicked." My style, specifically my clothing, has always been an expression of my personality; an extension of who I am. Often, my emotional landscape and climate determine how I dress.

I feel like my style changes and depends on what mood I'm in. I Still feel like I haven't had that "clicking" when it comes to my personal fashion.
When talking about makeup I feel like my "clicked" moment was when I learned how to wing my eyeliner. Since then a winged eyeliner is my go to look and I feel the most confident when I have it on.

i realized that i loved to do makeup my freshman year of high school. When girls started asking me what type of foundation i used, or how i did my makeup. and then they wanted me to do their makeup it made me realize that i am really good at it and i like to do it.

As a little girl, when boys started harassing us with skirt or dress, for years i could never wear one.

I realised early on (about 10) that people commented on it when I wore something weird and unusual. I wasn’t that confident as a child so its odd to think that I liked this attention. I can remember other children being outraged and asking why I was wearing things, but I felt proud of my choices and didn’t care what they thought. I guess it set me apart from them. And I guess wearing something weird also distracts children from making fun of the things you can’t change about yourself though I wasn’t aware of this at the time.

I realised a year or two a go that fast fashion is not for me. I will not buy culottes no matter how many shops sell them. I refuse to shop from stores that use child labor or will not pay it's workers enough (H&M, Zara, Monki, Lindex, Weekday, Cubus, KappAhl etc.) I mostly shop more expenssive stores that can deliver on promises about quality. I also prefer Finnish design (because i'm from Finland), but everything European (made in EU!!) is ok. I'd hate to buy something american and have it shipped here.

I became more aware about my posessions at that point. I was frustated with my exsessive amounts of stuff. I hated always having to purchase new things because the old ones never lasted long. It is so heavy on our enviroment. I wanted to have less stuff, and wear everything i owned. I have studied fashion and was some what aware of the condition of laborers had to endure in India, Nepal, Bangladesh etc. But when i saw The True Cost documentary it really opened my eyes. It has helped my process along.

I don't think so...
Probably upon leaving high school, where I had to wear a uniform every day. After beginning art school I started paying way more attention to how I presented myself.

Yes. When I watch tv shows especially reality shows I tend to see inspiration so if I see something that really like I try it out. Mostly on my social media accounts I tend to follow fashion accounts

A friend told me to stop wearing jeans, to wear dresses, boots & cut my hair. I had wanted to change my look, took her advice, never looked back

The only time I can think of is when I started wearing darker clothing. It makes me comfortable and feel secure. It happened when I was feeling insecure and it has stuck.

In early high school I realized people will like you more if you like, or at least give the illusion that you like, yourself! I believe it happened then because high school is the tie where cliques form, and when all the harsh judging is made.

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