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9. Are there any clothing (or related) items that you have in multiple? Why do you think you keep buying this thing?
White “wifebeaters” (ugh) -- because they go with everything and I love how androgynous they are.
White shirts – same reason.
Bras without underwire because they remain hard to find, still.
High heel shoes
Long before I knew about performance art but was just beginning to enjoy performing, I had a clothing experience that changed the way I thought of dressing. It was the late 60s, I was in second grade, growing up in Northfield, Minnesota. One day my mother gave me a box of expensive hand-me-downs she had just received "from the Erikson’s," a family I had never met but understood to be wealthy and sophisticated. My best friend happened to be over at my house playing that afternoon. We rifled through the box and started trying on the clothes: gathered Swiss skirts with aprons and lace-up bodice tops, elegant smocked dresses, funky plaid jumpers with black patent leather half-belts and wool turtlenecks – those are just a few I remember. And the best part was that there were TWO of every outfit in the same size! We decided that we would dress identically for school every day, and there were so many clothes we did it for two weeks. My mother went along with it. I think she thought it was amusing. I remember the attention we got from teachers as well as students, the jealous reactions of other girls, and the difficulty of explaining why we were doing it. How funny that I could enjoy feeling different by being (dressing) the same.
Brown leather accessories! Cognac leather sandals. Clogs. Clutches. Purses. Travel bags. Laptop pouches.
I buy a lot of loose clothes. I had a boyfriend when I was 18 who tried to persuade me to stop buying baggy things and we nearly broke up about it. It's always been because I think it looks good and makes me feel comfortable and makes me feel at ease when I don't want to be judged by my body shape. I have always had people saying 'why don't you wear a belt with that, why don't you show off your lovely figure' and these comments make me want to shrink under clothes even more. These have been comments from friends, family members and near-strangers. Why do people feel that women's appearances and bodies are open to comment?
I have at least twenty scarves or shawls. They’re useful to have to ward against being cold in air-conditioned rooms. I also have more cardigans than I can count.
I have a lot of loose fitting t-shirts. They hid my stomach which isn't as tight as it was before I was pregnant. They're also easy to breast feed in.
I’m embarrassed to say (because it’s so boooooooring), but black pants. There’s a pant from Urban Outfitters that is just so flipping practical and flattering and comfortable. I ride my bike all year round, so a good, practical, moveable pant is important to me. (I don’t know when I became so practical, but here we are).
Coats. Sydney's not even a coat city, it never gets particularly cold. There are a few days a year where I really need a coat, but I have dozens of them and wear them in winter even though it's not necessary for warmth. I like the idea of being wrapped up in something, but I need choice with my something.
Plain black underwear. I like it.
I buy shirts, bras, and socks in multiple. Because finding the right size and style is the chore. From there it's just color play.
Green shirts and dresses. I buy them because my eyes are green and I'm vain about them. I feel about my eyes the way Jo March felt about her hair, which her sister Amy called her “one beauty.”