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Kathleen Wade

1. When do you feel at your most attractive?

When I know I look as good as I possibly can. Little things like getting a hair cut or a pair of pants that fit just right do wonders. Clear skin, even at my age (54) isn't always a given so when I do have it it's treasured.

2. Do you notice women on the street? If so, what sort of women do you tend to notice or admire?

I love to check out other women's fashion sense and creativity. I don't believe there is only one kind of beautiful. I tend to notice or admire the women who dress to reflect themselves. They give off a confidence that is noticeable.

3. What are some things you admire about how other women present themselves?

I admire the risk takers. The ones who mix patterns, change their hair, tattoos, piercings, and it works because they are being true to themselves.

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'm still waiting for the click. I know I tend to pick more classic styles but I also like a little rebellion now and then. I like my hair short, hate how it looks long. I was actually called "sir" one time in line at the grocery store...

5. What are some shopping rules you wouldn’t necessarily recommend to others but which you follow?

Look at everything. Your next favorite item may be hiding on a different rack or table. I hate paying full price and avoid it like the plague. Salvation Army and Goodwill are great sources for clothes.

6. What are some rules about dressing you follow, but you wouldn't necessarily recommend to others?

Sometimes you have to get the bigger size. Clothing manufacturers seem to make a game to see who can veer the farthest away from a size 14 and still label it as such. It doesn't matter what the tag says. If something looks good on you it will draw more positive attention rather than the fact you were able to pour yourself into an outfit that has a size tag you like.

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

Can't say as I've ever had one. I love exploring fashion and style but don't remember anything that seriously affected my outlook or attitude.

8. Do you have a unified way of approaching your life, work, relationships, finances, chores, etc.? Please explain.

Nothing unified about me, which is probably why I feel my life is a mess. I know I have skills and talents but can't seem to find someplace to use them.

9. Are there any clothing (or related) items that you have in multiple? Why do you think you keep buying this thing?

Nylon knee highs. They are comfortable and work with casual and dress.

10. Have you ever successfully given someone a present of jewelry or clothing that you continue to feel good about?

Sorry, no.

11. Is there any fashion trend you’ve refused to participate in and why? 

There's lots of trends I refuse to participate in. When I was in school tent dresses were popular. The first time some idiot asked me if I was pregnant (in middle school) was the last day I wore that style. I feel that trends are just a way to control people by telling them what to wear.

12. Can you say a bit about how your mother’s body and style has been passed down to you, or not?

Mom was short and round. I am tall and curvy. We had different styles, she tended to view clothes more as a necessary function where as I see clothes as more of a statement of identity.

13. Have you stolen, borrowed or adapted any dressing ideas or actual items from friends or family?


14. Was there a point in your life when your style changed dramatically? What happened?

For me it was more of an evolution, a slow process.

15. Is there anything political about the way you dress?


16. Please describe your body.

I'm tall and have plenty of curves. Some aren't where I'd like them to be, like my stomach.

17. Please describe your mind.

It's a busy place. I consider myself very creative yet currently struggle with self esteem and motivation issues. I enjoy being challenged mentally and get bored easily.

18. Please describe your emotions.

They tend to act like they are on a see-saw. I hate when the ride slams down after a nice high. I almost always keep everything inside because life has taught me nothing good comes from letting them out.

19. What are you wearing on your body and face, and how is your hair done, right at this moment?

Hair is short and doing whatever it wants. All I have on my face is moisturizer.

20. In what way is this stuff important, if at all?

Our outward appearance reflects our inside. We need to take care of ourselves. Women are expected to be the care givers, the nurturers. If we are not healthy inside and out, we can't lead full lives.

21. With whom do you talk about clothes?

No one

22. How do institutions affect the way you dress?

They don't

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