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Priyakshi Saikia

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

Yes, I do notice women on the streets sometimes. It's mostly because their fashion sense grasps my attention. It's like when they are wearing something which seem very fresh or trendy to me, I imagine how cool I might look too if I dressed up that way and went out on the street!
However, sometimes it's even their little details (such as the way they walk, their hair etc.) speaks to me a lot about their personality and makes me admire and want to be as free as them.

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

Self-confidence is what I admire about other women the most. I as a women myself understand the low self-esteem and inner crisis that comes following our body issues. Despite all of that, women who embrace their own body regardless of their size, colour etc. and also teach the other women the art of embracing oneself is what I find really inspiring.
Other things that I admire about other women is them having enough strength to fight back/ defend themselves withing patriarchal communities. Also, the women who stand up for themselves when the society affronts them for looking different from a 'typical' woman image. All of them make me feel so much stronger.

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

I dress totally according to my mood but I guess I won't recommend this to others because it might not be applicable for everybody. A lot of people have told me that they can't figure out what my fashion style is because they have always seen me in varieties of clothing. Yes, I dress up as bubbly, casual, chic, classic etc. So if a person is seeing me for the first time, it is impossible for them to guess my personality entirely based on my clothing. However, I have come across a few people who cannot relate to this because they told me that keeping a fashion style constant makes them feel more comfortable and helps them in building up their personality in a certain way. Hence, I guess this really differs from person to person.

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

PRINTS! I definitely have a soft spot for any clothing item with prints (mostly floral). I barely have any clothing item with a plain colour.
I guess that's because prints can fit anywhere for me. My way of dressing up keeps changing based on my mood. But I know a technique (I would rather call this some kind of talent haha) to be able to fit in printed cloth items into any kind of fashion wear such as in sports wear, chic wear etc.

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

Yes I have and it feels really good to see somebody wearing something that I prefer or love!

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

My style slightly changed when I entered college (not dramatically though). Seeing people around me wearing a variety of amazing clothes everyday made me realize that they do not dress up for others but for themselves instead and that's what gives them the real joy of dressing up plus feeling good. So, I did some introspecting and found out that there were a variety of clothes which I always wanted to try out but never did because I was worried what would people think of me. I decided to stop getting worried about it and then my fashion style range became much wider than before.

18. Please describe your emotions.

My emotions fluctuate like a roller coaster ride. Haha.

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

It is important because this was a way of introspecting ourselves. We need to know when we feel comfortable and confident and if we don't feel either of these, it is necessary to realize why.

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

Yes, I went on this trip with my friends and out of all the souvenirs that I could have bought and been on the safer side, I decided to buy this jumper without even trying. It's just I have never owned a jumper specifically like that before and I got excited. I ended up giving it to tailors like thrice for fixing but the tailors told me that the jumper has been stitched in such weird proportions that even they can't figure out how it would fit into any human's body without adding/ cutting extras of that same fabric. Of course, I didn't have that fabric. Sad.

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

My Art. :)

34. What do you consider very ugly?

When somebody do not accept the way they are and then try to be like somebody else whether it's by dressing, behavior or any other way. That's just ugly and sad. But what's even uglier is when some people easily look down on others because of their dressing sense, behavior or any personality trait.

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

I wan to simply be happy and comfortable with whatever I'm wearing and which won't interfere with my current mood at that moment. For example: If I'm feeling lazy today, I won't take out time and effort to dress up in an impressive way. In that case, I would probably just pick up the cloths that are on the top of the pile and wear them. I will save my good clothes for other good reasons which will contribute to my good mood, whenever.

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

I save my perfume only for special occasions. As much as I agree that perfume is a lovely addition to enhance your presence while dressing up, I also believe that we should not get very much used to/ dependent on it.

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

Simple & casuals, printed clothes, minimal aesthetics and a few extravagant junkies.

74. What are your closet and drawers like? Do you keep things neat, etc?

They are very clumsy and unorganized. Even if I organize it according to categories, it gets all messy again within a week.

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

DOB: 17-01-2000, Born in Tezpur, Assam. I am still from Assam. However, I am currently studying in Bengaluru so I have been living there mostly.

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

I am a pure Assamese hailing from Assam, North-East India. Economically, I belong to a middle class family.

How do you feel after filling out this survey?

There was so much of introspection happening while attempting this survey. It was all for good! I realized a lot of things about my personality, style, tastes etc. which I often don't pay much attention to.

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