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Kathy Kimber

1. When do you feel at your most attractive?

Wearing something fun and comfortable, so I feel already at ease.

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

The ones I notice are the ones wearing ridiculous outfits, like shows you can't really walk in. Or overweight women with their bellies hanging over their skin tight low riding pants or stuffed into things that are way too small.

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

Stylish but not fussy and showing something unique to them.

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?

LOL. Probably when I decided on comfort and functionality over fashion. Back when I was in vet school.

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

I don't know if I have shopping rules. I buy either online at Land's End or LL Bean or I buy at thrift stores and the Salvation Army. Online for functional, the others for fun.

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

Always have pockets (for work keys and a pen.) Always wear comfortable shoes (for walking to the bus.)

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


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

Function and ease. Be responsible but leave a little run for fun.

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

Gabardine pants, corduroy big shirts, long sleeved t-shirts.

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

Miniskirts, drop waist pants, especially if they show your belly. I don't have the body or the attitude for them.

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

My mother was a size 6. (Nowadays, she'd probably be a 0 or a 2.) On good days, I'm a 14, so what worked on her won't work on me.

16. Please describe your body.

Size 14-16, short waisted, good legs.

17. Please describe your mind.

Free ranging, rational, scientific, interested in physics, spirituality, art, psychology.

18. Please describe your emotions.


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

LOL. In a cotton striped night shirt that functions as a robe. (So I can have the blinds open without getting dressed.) It's Sunday and I haven't even combed my hair.

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

I find it interesting for what it says both about people's views of themselves and about how our culture influences those views.

21. With whom do you talk about clothes?


22. How do institutions affect the way you dress?

At work, you can't wear denim or have your hair too wildly colored. (I occasionally add purple to my grey.)

23. Do you think you have taste or style? Which one is more important? What do these words mean to you?

Not that anyone else would notice. But I do have a style that works for me. Pants with pockets, comfortable shoes, a tropical print shirt or a long-sleeved t-shirt, and some kind of jacket or overshirt.

24. Do you remember the biggest waste of money you ever made on an item of clothing?

Dinner out with one of my husband's flight students and his wife at a really fancy, expensive French restaurant. I had to buy a whole outfit.

26. Do you have style in any areas of your life aside from fashion?

I think my apartment reflects my style. Lots of color, interesting objects, and items from nature.

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?

My mother made a lot of her and my clothing so, yes.

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 means I don't have to worry about what I'm wearing at least.

33. What is really beautiful, for you, in general?

Things with shape, color, and flow. (That's why I like abstract art.)

34. What do you consider very ugly?

Overweight people trying to dress with skinny people.

37. What is your process getting dressed in the morning? What are you considering?

I put my clothes out the night before. Since I have a basic "uniform" I mostly think about what color I want to wear the next day.

38. What are you trying to achieve when you dress?

East and comfort

39. What, for you, is the difference between dressing and dressing up?

I pick from a different set of clothing.

43. Do you remember a time in your life when you dressed quite differently from how you do now? Can you describe it and what it was all about for you?

When I was in India, I wore punjabi suits all the time. Loved it.

51. If there was one country or culture or era that you had to live in, fashion-wise, what would it be?

India, absolutely.

52. Do you consider yourself photogenic?

Absolutely not.

53. When you see yourself in photographs, what do you think?

Ick! There are 2 photos I've every liked.

60. What do you think of perfume? Do you wear it?

All the time. But I put the scents together myself: vanilla with sandalwood, apricot, or tangerine.

62. How does makeup fit into all this for you?

I don't wear it.

64. Can you describe in a basic way what you own, clothing and jewelry-wise?

Lot's of straight-leg cotton pants. Short sleeved tropical print shirts. Long-sleeved t-shirts and turtle necks. Big shirts or colorful jackets. Bat earrings. Many rings - amethyst, amber, opal.

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?

Dresses and shirts. Taking the bus and doing a lot of walking, is just easier in pants. When it's cold, your legs get cold and I've never been able to figure a good way to deal with that. (I never wear nylons.)

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?

An antique black lace floor-length dress that I bought to wear to a special affair. When it was dry cleaned, it came apart.

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

2-1-50, born in southern California, grew up in Las Vegas, live in northern California.

What kind of work do you do?


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

married, no kids, lots of cats over the years, 4 now. (Was a veterinarian but moved out of that a number of years ago.)

How do you feel after filling out this survey?

I'm looking forward to reading the book and seeing what all you found out by doing it.

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