1. When do you feel at your most attractive?

Serena Martin

1. When do you feel at your most attractive?

When my clothes accentuate my beauty and support with my activities without asking for my attention.

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

Well, I'm queer, so generally I either notice women that I think are well-dressed or striking, and very occasionally someone who is both. I also notice men in the same way.

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

I like people who are interested in design and you can tell are thinking about the elements of their look.

A few years ago, I was coming out of a difficult personal time where my sense of style had been deflated and I didn't feel good about myself and how I was dressing reflected it. Something finally clicked though, and I thought, I want to feel better about myself, and taking the time and care to dress in a way that feels good will help my overall sense of wellness and confidence. So I started being serious about slowly investing time, energy, and money back into style.

I rarely shop. And I've all but quit shopping without a clear item in mind - I very rarely shop for sport and surprise. I shop second hand instead of new whenever possible.

I have a relatively small wardrobe. Perhaps too small. But I like having a few pieces that I can rely on and wear to shreds.

I started asking - and listening - to my boyfriend's opinions and compliments about what he thinks looks good on me. He has a knack for discerning not only what looks like 'me' but also what brings out my natural beauty.

Artistic method.

I have two pairs each of two styles of sandal and my favorite boot. I love them and they suit me and my crotchety feet, so I'll continue to turn to them.

I made my mom a dress for a holiday gift using a fabric and pattern she selected. She felt good in it and got a lot of compliments, which is the nicest gift I could give her. She has a difficult relationship with her body and clothes.

Statement sleeves and cold shoulders. They're ridiculous and ostentatious and unpractical - all things I'm not.

She has a hard relationship with her body and clothes and I'm working hard to not follow her examples.

I kept stealing my bf's boxer briefs, and he got annoyed, so eventually I just sprang for amazing comfy boxer briefs cut for women. Never going back!

A few times, it relates a lot to my frame of mind.

I dress with self-possession; that is a radical act.




A towel. Drying off from the shower.

It's posited as an expression of self hood, which is a considered an important story in a capitalist society.

My partner and my sewing friends.

I rebel against them.


I bought a second hand rain coat off ebay to try an overseas brand at a more affordable price. The coat was older and more worn than advertised, so it no longer was water proof. Really disappointing.

A lot of knit tops are suitable both as pajamas and day clothes.

Absolutely. I am an artist, designer, and writer and enjoy styling my home, too.

I have a big quilted black oversized jacket with a dramatic collar that I wear on days when I need to be cocooned in armor.

Yes. I'm extremely particular about what I like and always have been.

My mom was very pragmatic about some things - undergarments and eye wear: A white, nude, and black bra; inexpensive cotton briefs. Wire frame glasses from costco. When I finally could, as an adult, I secretly really enjoyed dropping money on gorgeous stylish glasses frames, colorful bras, and nice underwear. I will never wear a nude bra again if I can help it.

Good underwear, tight pants, powerful boots, long sexy hair, confidence.

Wear what suits your pragmatic needs with the most thoughtful, beautiful design.

Nature. Water.


I get dressed in about 1 minute tops most days. I have a super functional closet. I just grab anything I feel particularly like wearing and build from there.

Clothes that enhance my natural beauty and support my activities.

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