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1. When do you feel at your most attractive?
When my husband is looking at me.
2. Do you notice women on the street? If so, what sort of women do you tend to notice or admire?
Cool tailoring/draping techniques. Original shapes, seam-lines, exc.
3. What are some things you admire about how other women present themselves?
Effort and time put in to a look. Having a definite style, color palette, hairdo.
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 was looking at a book about Madeleine Vionnet and everything became magic. My obsession with fabric, drape, and construction never stopped.
5. What are some shopping rules you wouldn’t necessarily recommend to others but which you follow?
Buy mostly natural fibers, lean towards flowing garments. Buy things that will be comfortable while sitting hunched over, standing for long hours, and laying down in.
6. What are some rules about dressing you follow, but you wouldn't necessarily recommend to others?
Divide up the leg as little as possible. Since I wear a lot of capris this means having socks go unseen with low cut shoes, or using tights to keep the leg looking as long as possible. Also, take care to always have something on that has a pocket.
8. Do you have a unified way of approaching your life, work, relationships, finances, chores, etc.? Please explain.
9. Are there any clothing (or related) items that you have in multiple? Why do you think you keep buying this thing?
Capris, because they work for multiple seasons.
11. Is there any fashion trend you’ve refused to participate in and why?
Anything that divides the body in an unflattering way.
12. Can you say a bit about how your mother’s body and style has been passed down to you, or not?
We have very different tastes. She loves patterns, I prefer solids. She likes natural waist, I prefer drop. She likes pencil skirts and Chanel style coats. I like flowing skirts with Dior style coats. We both do like interesting cuts of garments though.
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?
I started dressing myself.
15. Is there anything political about the way you dress?
Not that I've noticed
16. Please describe your body.
Near hourglass pear shape. Wide shoulders, great T&A but in the larger spectrum (14-16) Should probably start exercising.
17. Please describe your mind.
Pragmatic, political, prone to imagination, e
18. Please describe your emotions.
Stable unless hungry or tired. Will easily forgive with present of food. Easy to anger with taking of food.
19. What are you wearing on your body and face, and how is your hair done, right at this moment?
Ankle socks, grey jersey pants with bleached floral design on one side. sea blue button down shirt, cotton front with rayon back and sleeves. Sleeves are slightly gathered to 3/4 length. No make-up, short hair, brushed.
21. With whom do you talk about clothes?
My coworkers and family.
22. How do institutions affect the way you dress?
23. Do you think you have taste or style? Which one is more important? What do these words mean to you?
Taste, applies to the ability to apprehend the appropriate dress for a situation. This is my life.
Style speaks more to personality, and an effort in upholding it. I don't have the care to create a look.
24. Do you remember the biggest waste of money you ever made on an item of clothing?
I bought a jacket that didn't fit because I hadn't bothered to take the measurements I needed with me.
25. Are there any dressing tricks you’ve invented or learned that make you feel like you’re getting away with something?
26. Do you have style in any areas of your life aside from fashion?
Home decor, bedsheets.
27. Can you recall some times when you have dressed a particular way to calm yourself or gain a sense of control over a situation that scared you?
I have dressed-up for interviews, but that is more for protocol then for my own emotions.
28. Would you say you “know what you like” in the area of fashion and clothing? If so, do you also know what you like in other areas of life, that is, are you generally good at discernment? Can you say where your discernment comes from, if you have it? Or if you don’t have it, why or why not?
29. Did your parents teach you things about clothing, care for your clothing, dressing or style? What lessons do you remember? Or did you just pick things up?
No. I learned about clothing care and maintenance in college from one of my professors.
30. What sorts of things do you do, clothing or make-up or hair- wise, to feel sexy or alluring?
I take the clothing off.
31. Many people say they want to feel “comfortable,” or that they admire people who seem “confident.” What do these words really mean to you?
Comfortable implies no constriction, so nothing tight fitting or tailored.
Confident implies a look or an appearance of being put together. This is dependent on the wearer.
32. If dressing were the only thing you did, and you were considered an expert and asked to explain your style philosophy, what would you say?
Line and silhouette are the two most noticeable traits of an outfit. If you have a pleasing line you can get away with murder.
33. What is really beautiful, for you, in general?
Masterfully bias-cut dresses
34. What do you consider very ugly?
Clashing patterns, too tight clothing
35. Are you generally a good judge of whether what you buy will end up being worn? Have you figured out how to know in advance?
Yes, except when it comes to Jeans. They aren't made like they used to be.
36. When you look at yourself before going out, and you are trying to see yourself from the outside, can you describe a bit about what this “other person” is like? What do they like, dislike, what sorts of judgments do they have? Is this “outer eye” based on someone you know or once knew?
I don't understand this question.
If you are referring to how I hope I look to the outside world my concerns are mostly: will I have to fiddle with this to keep it on correctly, and, does my butt look good.
37. What is your process getting dressed in the morning? What are you considering?
Temperature, fit, comfort, and looking professional.
38. What are you trying to achieve when you dress?
Comfort, and professional attire.
39. What, for you, is the difference between dressing and dressing up?
Dressing is putting on clothes. Dressing up it dressing in accordance with an important event, special care is put into looking a certain way, ironing is done. Effort is the discerning factor.
48. Do you find it comforting or constraining to have a uniform?
Constraining. There is no garment that looks good on all body types.
50. Do you ever wish you were a man or could dress like a man or had a man’s body? Was there ever a time in the past?
Yes, penises are awesome and boobs hurt your back.
51. If there was one country or culture or era that you had to live in, fashion-wise, what would it be?
1930s western world. Super adorable tailoring and shoes.
52. Do you consider yourself photogenic?
With the proper lighting
53. When you see yourself in photographs, what do you think?
I need to lose weight
54. Are there any figures from culture, past or present, whose style you admire or have drawn from?
Madeleine Vionnet is my hero, but I wear nothing close to her style or designs.
55. Have you ever had a dream that involved clothes?
56. What would be a difficult or uncomfortable look for you to try and achieve?
57. If you were totally comfortable with your body, or your body was a bit closer to what you wish it was like, what would you wear?
59. Are there any dressing rules you’d want to convey to other women?
Too tight clothes make you look larger then you are, and it isn't good for your circulation!
60. What do you think of perfume? Do you wear it?
It can negatively effect those around me, so no.
61. What are some things you need to do to your body or clothes in order to feel presentable?
Brush teeth and hair
62. How does makeup fit into all this for you?
66. Tell us about something in your closet that you keep but never wear. What is it, why don’t you wear it, and why do you keep it?
A Nordstroms blouse my mother bought me one day. It's ever so slightly too tight, some day (as in never) I might fit in it. (So hope)
67. Looking back at all your purchases over the past five to fifteen years, can you generalize about what sorts of things were the most valuable to buy?
Different colored tank tops
68. Is there an item of clothing that you once owned, but no longer own, and still think about or wish you had back? What was it, what happened to it, and why do you want it back?
I had a pair of jeans that had really cool seam-lines, they fit amazing. I wore them out to the point that the thread was unravelling.
69. If you had to throw out all your clothes but keep one thing, what would you keep?
A shirt my father bought me before I was born.
70. Building up your wardrobe from nothing, what would you do differently this time?
73. What item of clothing are you still (or have you forever been) on the hunt for?
Awesome floor length coat
74. What are your closet and drawers like? Do you keep things neat, etc?
I fail at trying to
75. Were you ever given a present of clothing or jewelry that especially touched you?
My husband's grandmother's Jewelry
77. How and when do you shop for clothes?
When I feel like I'm running out of something, clothing is looking ragged or a style is out.
78. Do you like to smell a certain way?
80. How does money fit into all this?
Better fiber choices, better stitching, and more creative cuts.
81. Is there an article of clothing, a piece of make-up, or an accessory that you carry with you or wear every day?
My wedding ring
82. Did anyone ever say anything to you that made you see yourself differently, on a physical and especially sartorial level?
I've been told I have a rockin' bottom. I have a love-hate relationship with it.
83. Do you remember the first time you were conscious of what you were wearing? Can you describe this moment and what it was about?
What’s your birth date? Where were you born and where do you live now?
1989, grew up in LA, grad-school in Illinois
What kind of work do you do?
Are you single, married, do you have kids, etc.?
How do you feel after filling out this survey?
Super long, lots of leading questions that could be put together as one specific one.