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1. When do you feel at your most attractive?
When my hair is curly, eye brows are done. Skin is glowing.
Relaxed and happy, laughing.
Comfortable but interesting clothing.
2. Do you notice women on the street? If so, what sort of women do you tend to notice or admire?
Interesting details in their clothing/jewellery.
Happy smile, or absorbed in their own world.
3. What are some things you admire about how other women present themselves?
Clean, especially items that are older, clean cared for but not manicured, quality items that can be dressed up and down. Interesting jewellery without the need to change it every day.
Colour coordinated outfits.
Moon rise kingdom meets eclectic, but not in a child like way. Mature Wes Anderson?
5. What are some shopping rules you wouldn’t necessarily recommend to others but which you follow?
I never buy something that isn’t on sale.
6. What are some rules about dressing you follow, but you wouldn't necessarily recommend to others?
Don’t wear blue and black together.
Skinny jeans don’t look good.
Avoid showing upper arms where possible.
Practical but cute, but I don’t put in effort to achieve that.
8. Do you have a unified way of approaching your life, work, relationships, finances, chores, etc.? Please explain.
I get it done but it is chaotic
9. Are there any clothing (or related) items that you have in multiple? Why do you think you keep buying this thing?
Basic mom jeans.
12. Can you say a bit about how your mother’s body and style has been passed down to you, or not?
Mum was constantly talking about her weight when I was growing up, now I think she has body dismorphia.
I think I have this in a way I just don’t understand how I look or how to love my body.
13. Have you stolen, borrowed or adapted any dressing ideas or actual items from friends or family?
I really love hair metal hair beads but feel silly for wanting to wear them.
14. Was there a point in your life when your style changed dramatically? What happened?
I stopped being depressed my fashion shifted to more comfortable and more care free. I want to look good but I just don’t put in the effort.
15. Is there anything political about the way you dress?
My body my choice
16. Please describe your body.
I am very white with naturally dark brown curly hair, which always looks dehydrated especially since having is streaked blonde. I have blue eyes and a few feckless.
I stretched my right ear and now just have a small hole with nothing in it.
I’m 5ft 7, between 10 1/2 - 11 st, broad shouldered. 32E but I’m not convinced this is the correct size my back straps dog in and sometimes there’s gaps in my bra. When I went for my first ever bra fitting at 14 the fitter said that some peoples breast will never properly fit into a bra and I feel like that is me.
My upper arms are larger than I would like and I feel self conscious having them on show
My wrists are small and I have nice hand but I don’t look after my nails, often I just grow them until it’s impractical and then cut them right down to stubs.
My waist goes in nicely from a front view but I have a pot bell.
My bum is small and a little flat.
My legs, I wish were a bit skinnier but are strong and get me where I need to go. I have little thread viens which used to bother me but don’t anymore.
I hate my feet and actively avoid buying shoes and socks
17. Please describe your mind.
I am anxious but adventurous, I love figuring things out and being outdoors.
I am smart.
Sometimes I find it hard to relate to people
I love imagining things and playing with ideas, I’d like to be more creative.
I have a lot of love and empathy.
I like to know where I stand
I wish I was more confident and outgoing.
18. Please describe your emotions.
Generally happy, struggle with stress which I have had a lot of at work recently, but I have just been made redundant some I’m trying to reduce that.
I feel happy doing wholesome activities and exploring.
Sometimes I get anxious and I think I generally have a good opinion of myself but based on my answers to these questions I’m not sure that that is true.
19. What are you wearing on your body and face, and how is your hair done, right at this moment?
Matching black socks with blue toes
Blue mom jeans
Bra that is at least 3 years s
A boxy stripped too that I don’t really live but I’ve had forever.
My hair really needs washing so I’m half way through brushing it, it’s down and curly but I tried a new ponytail style today
20. In what way is this stuff important, if at all?
I guess it gives me an understanding of where my self confidence actually is.
I want to dress how I want the world to see me. But if I see myself like this no wonder I don’t dress how I like.
21. With whom do you talk about clothes?
22. How do institutions affect the way you dress?
Generally fashion trends influence my top choices. Generally I think I’ll look to silly/not have enough time to maintain a look to go all in on a trend.
23. Do you think you have taste or style? Which one is more important? What do these words mean to you?
Taste - general idea of what I like.
Style - using that general idea to inform how I dress and the things I do.
Im at the lower end of the taste scale right now.
24. Do you remember the biggest waste of money you ever made on an item of clothing?
Only things that come to mind are my prom dress and then my dress for university graduation as I never wore these again, although I don’t think either were that expensive.
26. Do you have style in any areas of your life aside from fashion?
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 purchanced a few items of comfortable lounge wear including underwear when I wore these it helped me to destress and put me in the mindset of looking after myself.
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. Just picked up bits and pieces. But I don’t really know a lot.
30. What sorts of things do you do, clothing or make-up or hair- wise, to feel sexy or alluring?
Matching lace underwear, well fitting top, accentuating my breasts. Usually more of a playful look than directly sexy. Or on a night out more edgy than overtly sexy.
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 in your own skin with your own company.
Confident infront of other and out in public.
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?
I want it to be sort of California granola girl but with more variety and edgy items. Things that I could keep for years but can easily be restyled
But I actually just wear jeans and a top as I don’t want to feel silly.
33. What is really beautiful, for you, in general?
Trees, waterfalls, nature.
34. What do you consider very ugly?
Pollution, rudeness, spite.
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?
Usually I know deep down if it won’t be a long term item of clothing.
37. What is your process getting dressed in the morning? What are you considering?
What is clean, comfortable and practical.
God I sound like a middle aged mum.
38. What are you trying to achieve when you dress?
39. What, for you, is the difference between dressing and dressing up?
Dressing who cares.
Dressing up is a big event with lots of people you know for a nice time.
40. If you had to wear a “uniform” what would it look like?
Jeans and an outdoor Brandt shirt
41. What would you say is “you” and what would you say is “not you”?
Not me - fluorescent, super revealing, to out there
Me - comfortable, cute, interesting.
42. What is your cultural background and how has that influenced how you dress?
I have no style.
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?
Yes. I used to dres in all black, very edgy emo/grunge look. For me it was expressing my depression through clothing.
44. What sorts of things do you do, clothing, make-up or hair-wise, to feel professional?
Neaten curly hair.
Clean ironed clothes
Simple make up, almost so it can’t be seen.
45. How do you conform to or rebel against the dress expectations at your workplace?
I used to work outside so I’d always be dirty.
46. Do you have a dress code, a school uniform, or a uniform that you wear for an extracurricular activity?
47. Are there ways in which you conform to or rebel against these uniforms?
49. What is an archetypal outfit for you; one that you could have happily worn at any point in your life? What do you like about it?
Jeans, vans and a plain hoodie.
Comfortable, practical, cute but bellow the radar.
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. Mainly because it seems easier for them.
51. If there was one country or culture or era that you had to live in, fashion-wise, what would it be?
American California girl 70/80s
52. Do you consider yourself photogenic?
No. Only slightly when I take the photo.
53. When you see yourself in photographs, what do you think?
That I’m pulling a stupid face and I usually compare myself to the size of other people and their outfits in the photo.
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?
I don’t think it’s my body it’s my mind.
58. Is there anyone that you are trying to attract or repel when you dress?
Other women to appreciate the outfit.
60. What do you think of perfume? Do you wear it?
I don’t wear it.
61. What are some things you need to do to your body or clothes in order to feel presentable?
Eat well, have clear skin. Have nice clean clothes that are ironed
62. How does makeup fit into all this for you?
No i don’t usually wear it
64. Can you describe in a basic way what you own, clothing and jewelry-wise?
65. What is your favorite piece of clothing or jewelry that you own?
Patagonia synchilla fleece. I used to think I looked great in it. Now I feel I look fat.
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?
V neck hollister long sleeved crop top. I just don’t feel confident to wear it.
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?
Long term investment pieces.
69. If you had to throw out all your clothes but keep one thing, what would you keep?
70. Building up your wardrobe from nothing, what would you do differently this time?
71. What’s the first “investment” item you bought? Do you still own or wear it?
Patagonia jumper. Yes
74. What are your closet and drawers like? Do you keep things neat, etc?
Mess and all over the place, usually bursting but folded.
77. How and when do you shop for clothes?
Usually online when I’m desperate for new clothes or going on a night out
78. Do you like to smell a certain way?
Clean and fresh
80. How does money fit into all this?
I have money I just feel bad for spending it.
81. Is there an article of clothing, a piece of make-up, or an accessory that you carry with you or wear every day?
Silver moon crescent necklace given to me by my partner
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?
First time people started noticing me going through puberty, it happened very quickly and noticabnly.
What’s your birth date? Where were you born and where do you live now?
June 1995, England. Still in England now.
Say anything you like about your cultural/ethnic/economic background.
What kind of work do you do?
Just left an outdoor education job hoping for a hospitality/hotel jo.
Are you single, married, do you have kids, etc.?
I have a partner
How do you feel after filling out this survey?
Like I didn’t realise how negative I actually am about my body.