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1. When do you feel at your most attractive?
In the summer. When I'm tan with no make up. Without much adornment.
2. Do you notice women on the street? If so, what sort of women do you tend to notice or admire?
Women who project confidence. And good shoes. If I like their shoes a lot, chances are Ill admire their whole look.
3. What are some things you admire about how other women present themselves?
A simple, approachable look. Thoughtful but doesn't convey too much effort. Stylish but comfortable.
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?
The idea of a wardrobe that you build upon vs spontaneous clothing buys probably didn't occur to me until I was long out of college. Now its a bit of a fixation and in some ways its taken some of the fun out of buying clothes.
6. What are some rules about dressing you follow, but you wouldn't necessarily recommend to others?
Im fussy about brown leathers having to match ( purse with shoes, etc). Its too matchy matchy but I cant shake it. Also I rarely mix black and brown which is also limiting.
8. Do you have a unified way of approaching your life, work, relationships, finances, chores, etc.? Please explain.
Not that Im aware of.
9. Are there any clothing (or related) items that you have in multiple? Why do you think you keep buying this thing?
Button downs. Far too many. They are versatile, comfortable and cross the casual/ professional line pretty well. Ive started to feel that they dont look feminine enough since I cut my hair into a bob. I like tomboyish clothing but there has to be a feminine counterpoint to it. Sometimes Im afriad that I don't look feminine enough.
10. Have you ever successfully given someone a present of jewelry or clothing that you continue to feel good about?
I hadnt thought about it in awhile but I gave my boyfriend a really cool wool navy Barbour sweater with leather elbow pads that is supposed to be waterproof for Christmas awhile ago. He loves cold weather and has a sort of rugged but gentlemanly look. I dont think he could have liked it more. Its the kind of sweater you'd keep forever. Im usually pretty good at giving presents.
11. Is there any fashion trend you’ve refused to participate in and why?
Uggs. Designer handbags with conspicuous branding. Lots of black. Though I could give into the all black thing.
12. Can you say a bit about how your mother’s body and style has been passed down to you, or not?
I have her small breasts and tendency to carry any excess weight in my stomach. We dress to camouflage this. We're both petite. I tease her for her need to match but I probably do the same thing in my own way.
13. Have you stolen, borrowed or adapted any dressing ideas or actual items from friends or family?
Yes. Though less than you'd think having two sisters. They're at least a few inches taller and we have different taste. I don't have many friends whose style I want to entirely emulate either. Its like I need to want to emulate their entire look or style to want steal part of it. But Im constantly looking at strangers this way.
14. Was there a point in your life when your style changed dramatically? What happened?
I went through a hippie phase in college pretty full on. Lots of loose fitting dresses and peasant tops. Beyond being more a less a trend among my friends, I still think i genuinely liked the way the clothes fit/ felt. Bigger silhouettes work on me because Im petite.
15. Is there anything political about the way you dress?
I guess I like to think Im not dressing to show convey status in a blatant way. I think there is also something feminist about dressing with comfort in mind.
16. Please describe your body.
Short. Small breasts. Petite. Shapely legs. Soft belly. Skinny but not in shape.
17. Please describe your mind.
Too active. At odds. Self defeating. Curious.
18. Please describe your emotions.
Mercurial. Intense but short lived.
19. What are you wearing on your body and face, and how is your hair done, right at this moment?
Black spandex. Socks. Striped shirt. Patagonia fleece hoody. I dont think I would have ever gone out of the house like this even six months ago but then I moved to Boston from Charleston and started to care less about what people think. Hair is down, basically unbrushed. No make up. Good lord! For the record its a rainy cold day...
20. In what way is this stuff important, if at all?
Its something we all have in common. We all have to wear clothes, we all think about what we're trying to say through clothes on some level. In my profession, a critical eye/ appreciating aesthetics is a part of what I do, so there's that. Its conflicting because it often feels shallow but I also recognize its part of how I see the world and a talent of mine, so it feels good to give it more weight than just being about "stuff."