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7. What is the most transformative conversation you have ever had on the subject of fashion or style?

Wear whatever you want, nobody will remember but you.

None. I have never had a conversation with anyone on that subject

Probably any conversation at a thrift store - searching for and finding charm and character in pre-owned clothing.

When buying quality garments that cost more, think about the cost per wear instead of the sticker price.

With my aunt about makeup and dressing in a feminine manner. She always imparted to me that's its a lost art and that it will definitely make me stand out a little but that it's worth it.

Flare jeans balance your hips and actually make you appear slimmer

I'd say a positive, transformative, and unusual experience.

For context, I had gone up a few sizes into 'plus' sizing. I had had a lot of pretty devastating experiences at stores. Like, thrifting at my local goodwill, there was almost nothing about a size L. I tried using a personal shopper at Nordstrom and left in tears. I was at a consignment store checking out a form fitting dress and the shop assistant said, oh at that size you should wear something more flowing. I had a lot of body shame.

So after all this, I still need stuff to wear in my new size. I went to the Universal Standard showroom and left in tears - but in a good way. Every single thing in that showroom came in sizing that fit me. The shop assistant was SO nice and kind and SO positive about how I looked. I felt so seen and so included and so catered to. It was honestly life changing for me at that time. It made me feel like I could find clothes for myself that were nice, and that fit, and that made me feel good, after a long time of not really trying.

A discussion with a professor about how clothes and dresses are important in politics.

It was a simple question a friend asked me, "How do you know? You haven't even tried it on yet." I think I was just stuck in a jeans and t-shirt phase and was afraid everything would look weird on me when I was younger.

Can’t really think of one

you should wear jewels on your clothes. gold colored.

Unfortunately, I don't recall having any of that. My entourage is more trend-driven, than me, we don't have transformative conversations about fashion.


I do not remember one.

When I was 20 I believed passionately in social and environmental change, and that fashion was a frivolous waste of time/energy. I was talking to my most fashionable friend, a woman who from the age of 14 always knew exactly how she wanted to look and asked her in earnest "But what would you do with all your time if fashion just didn't exist?" and while she had no answer she asked me back "But what would you do if there was global equity and sustainability?" And I saw her point they were really both personal interests.

I can’t recall one.

Internal conversations with myself about worth, pleasure, and confidence


When I heard that Wearing an outfit is different than styling an outfit
How you wear clothes is your style

when i realized that other people looked more put together because they bought more clothes -- mine have on occasion lasted 10 years.

probably something on the topic of fashion not being lame to care about, but also not being that serious. being less embarrassed about putting effort in.

Not conversation - but websites about capsule wardrobes, projectt333 and 10x10... and sustainable wardrobes! It made me more conscious about being throughtful about what I wanted in my closet, and where it came from and was going.

I haven't talked to enough people who are truly interested in these things past surface level commentary to have one of these.

There were many, mostly in college, with women on completely opposite sides of the modesty spectrum.

I talked with my friend Sarah when i was about 17.

Something that sticks with me is my mum wearing an inside-out crewneck sweater a lot when I was growing up. It seems like a small thing, but I think that was the first time I really thought about wearing things in different ways than they might have been intended to.

I don't talk about it a lot, but my friends often encourage me to be as bold as I feel like

I've never had a conversation about underwear

Can't remember...

The way fast fashion is made, has changed the way I look at my clothes and how much I buy.

I read "I'll Drink to That: A Life in Style" by Betty Halbreich during a very long bus ride. It wasn't a conversation, but it was transformative. This memoir, written by an 86 year-old personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman felt like a conversation.

Betty Halbreich's book taught me the value of pairing a jacket with a casual outfit to look like a polished boss lady and many other lessons about timeless style and caring for clothes.

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