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82. Did anyone ever say anything to you that made you see yourself differently, on a physical and especially sartorial level?

My father's comment about my legs certainly kept me out of skirts for a decade or two.
I have received enough compliments on the shape and size of my ass that I pay attention.

Someone told me once that I've got a body lika a model. I had never thought so myself.

When people really like what I wear and my style, I want to wear cool stuff even more.

When my boyfriend told me for the first time that I had a beautiful body I remember thinking that I would always feel comfortable in the presence of and valued by this man. That hasn't changed.

The first "where did you get this?" made me feel really proud.

I hadn't tried to dress up intentionally and ended up doing it anyways and getting loads of compliments on my outfit

Yes, the person that abused and raped me in college said many verbally abusive and dehumanizing things about my clothing, body, posture, style, etc. It has taken so much effort to deprogram that bullshit. It is still a process to get rid of that shame.

A few weeks ago an older man on a train told me he thought my hair style looked "sexy". Made my day!

A designer once told me I had a long torso and that I would look best in high-waisted skirts and pants. I’ve always thought I had a short torso so that comment made me feel much more encouraged to continue to wear high-waisted styles. I’ve also been told I don’t have just one singular style but a style that encompasses a multitude of styles. I try not to limit myself to just one look or style so I am pleased that is the sentiment that is being conveyed through my manner of dress.

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