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Linda Stewart

1. When do you feel at your most attractive?

When I am wearing a lovely skirt or dress and my hair is freshly coloured and styled, and my make-up is in place and natural-looking.

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

Women who are smartly and modestly dressed, especially if they are wearing a skirt or dress because so few women and girls wear them these days. But I was pleasantly surprised to see many more skirts & dresses around town this spring & summer.

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

I admire women who are dressed femininely and modestly.

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?

This summer I decided that I no longer want to wear skirts and dresses that are above the knee. I think it is more appropriate for my age to wear them at the knee or below. But I think it would be good for any age to wear them longer.

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

Nothing low-cut, nothing too short, nothing too tight, nothing garish, nothing too expensive.

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

Same as the above.

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

The one I had with myself after observing certain women and girls of like-faith and their manner of dressing modestly.

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

Yes, everything is filtered through my Christian faith.

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

Skirts. I feel feminine in them and they come in so many styles and colours. They are fun to match with blouses and sweaters.

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

Yes. I gave a friend a dress that I felt would be just right for her, and I was right. She loves it and wears it on special occasions.

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

There are lots of fashion trends that I refuse to participate in to do with hair, clothes, make-up, shoes.
No tattoos, no body piercings, no manly clothes or hair styles. No heels that are too high.

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

No. We have never dressed alike. But she did make me little skirts when I was a child and I loved those skirts.

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

No. We are not alike. I feel different, am different. I have my own clothes personality.

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

Two years ago I began growing my hair. I went from a very short cut to my hair growing down my back. A man, a relative, made a comment about women with very short hair and not being able to tell the difference between them and men. That added more fuel to my inner desire to have long hair, again, like my teenage self. I made up my mind that I was going to grow it. It has been one of the best decisions of my life.

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


16. Please describe your body.

Fit, hour-glass, feminine, tall.

17. Please describe your mind.

Intelligent. Sound. Thoughtful. Peaceful. Wise.

18. Please describe your emotions.

Serene. Cheerful. Pleasant. Calm. Content.

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

I am wearing a knee-length denim skirt, a short-sleeved white peasant-style blouse with brown/tan beading on the front with tassels that tie. My make-up is light and natural, and my hair is parted a little to the side and midway down my back. No bangs.

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

It is more important than most people realize. Our clothes and appearance says a lot about us. It is our shingle. Instead of wearing a sign on our forehead that tells the world who we are, our clothes do it for us. They make a good impression, the wrong impression, or a bad impression.

What’s your birth date? 
Where were you born and where do you live now?

October 2, 1957. Born in Montague, PEI, Canada
I live in PEI Canada

Say anything you like about your cultural/ethnic/economic background.

I grew up in a tiny rural community on Prince Edward Island. It was quiet, often lonely, and I did not have much in the way of luxuries. I am Scottish.

What kind of work do you do?

I am an artistic soul. I write, play violin, and love to act in plays. I have not worked outside the home much, but I have had much of my writing published, though not enough to earn a living by.

Are you single, married, do you have kids, etc.?

Married. One adult son. Grandchildren.

Please say anything you like about yourself that might put this survey into some sort of context.

The topic of women and clothes is important but we do not feel free to discuss it much, so this is a rare opportunity to do so.

How do you feel after filling out this survey?

Satisfied. I enjoyed expressing my thoughts and feelings about a subject that happens to be very important to me.


I live in Prince Edward Island, Canada. I am a woman of Christian faith, a family person, a writer, fiddler, and used to want to be a model. So it made me happy, at least, when strangers thought that I was one.

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