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7. What is the most transformative conversation you have ever had on the subject of fashion or style?
Wearing backless or low necklines
Don't remember one.
My freshman year of college, there was this random Sunday afternoon when I was getting off the Chicago Red Line stop and just happened to run into a girl I went to high school with. She’s really cool, and we were definitely friends toward the end of our senior year. I was as psyched to see her as she was to see me to, I remember she leaned in and told me, “I’m drunk right now.” I laughed, it was hilarious. Before we said our goodbyes, she half-drunkenly, half wholeheartedly looked at me and said, “You have style, Lauren Tussey.” I’ll never forget that conversation. It was just a quick compliment to accompany the goodbye, but her words made me realize that my style had become a part of who I was, and I think part of me wanted to hear that.
Trying to dress more my age.
Fashion sustainability at the BF+FA in Brooklyn, NYC.
Style - probably a work session where they bought in a style consultant (who proceeded to insult me when I went for a free consultation afterwards, we argued about what my size was... ummmm wtf - I think I know!)
But really, this isn't much a part of my world... talking about fashion or style.
Does watching Angela Chase on My So-Called Life count?
It's more of a moment, but it was the first time I went to a vintage clothing shop to buy my back-to-school clothes instead of a department store. I realized I'd rather have a few unique items than a bunch of bland ones. It also hid the fact that I couldn't afford the nicer labels that my friends could.
When it comes to clothes I'd rather look and touch than listen.
I've had many. Most of which took place during anguished moments of just not feeling like I was doing it right. All of these conversations seemed to have the same lesson: that having a sense of style is something you build over time, and when you see someone who looks put together, chances are it's because they've worked at it. Nothing is ever effortless.
I had a conversation with my sister on dressing and what we consider basics for a wardrobe/classic pieces and finding our personal style. It resulted in finding un-fancy and making lists of clothing items I loved/wanted/"needed."
Don't believe I have ever had such a conversation.
I can't think of one, which makes me think maybe I should be having more!
That was when I wore a statement ring with a drab work outfit, and I was asked why it was that I only had this small colourful piece to show the real me. It was a bit of an epiphany.
With a stylist friend who revealed her own struggle with identity
Hmmm cannot remember but I do remember working in a hospital and realising our time is limited, so we need to be how we want to be while we can.
With my dad, about his love of fine clothes and shoes, and realising that he was far more appreciative of timeless quality than my mum.
I've not had it yet, but now that you mention it, I'm looking forward to it.
since 2000 elegance chic
about body shape and dressing for your shape even if for example 99.9% of females wear skinny jeans but they flat out don't suit some women, ok , most women under 25.
It's bizarre, but when I was a Masters student in Switzerland (I'm Canadian), my supervisor, a middle-aged Canadian man, once complimented me, after I'd lived there for about a year, on ditching my backpack and fixing my hair. It struck me as really strange, but also made me happy, as I took it as a sign that I was successfully assimilating to dress like a European and, by definition, presenting myself in a classier fashion. (It also struck me as incredibly condescending and perhaps a bit sexist, as it was insulting my previous self-presentation, but did give me something to think about).
Judith Jones told me about buying her Chanel suit in Paris. She was (hopefully still is) in her 90's at the time. The suit is a jaw-dropping yellow wool tweed that fits her very well.
Did not have one
when friends and family started telling me "where do you find these pieces? you certainly have an eye"
I don't remember. Maybe just with my mum as she said I somehow changed from dark colors to colors and now it seems right for me. But that was just something she noticed.