Fashion Friday: Women in Clothes
The basic tenet of the book is this:
"We are all human beings. When we wake up in the morning, we have to put clothes on our bodies before we go outside." -Heidi Julavits
It's a book about lots of things, but, primarily, it highlights women's relationships with the clothes they own/wear. Whether or not we'd like to admit it, clothes play a large role in how others see us and in our own self-perception. But, instead of inspecting this complicated affair through a "fashion" lens, the authors of "Women in Clothes" chose a more personal approach.
They interviewed over 1,000 women with a series of questions, most of which remain constant throughout the book. They also asked women to photograph some of their clothes- favorites, heirlooms, collections- which are presented beautifully in a minimalist, almost reverential, way.
I love reading the interviews in the book. Each of them tells a little story. For fun and as an exercise in getting to know my relationship with clothing, I thought I'd answer a few of the questions, with the idea that, perhaps, I could interview YOU sometime soon!
What do you admire about how other women present themselves?
I am always intrigued by a woman who is doing something a little weird with clothes. Maybe they're a little non-conformist? Maybe they take risks? Maybe they've got some creative ideas I want to hear about?!
When do you feel at your most attractive?
Hmm. Summer. And a good hair day. These tend to coincide.
Are there any clothing (or related) items that you have in multiple?
I'm an art teacher so, jeans. Nasty jeans BUT I also own lots of button-down shirts. I like denim shirts the best.
How long does it take you to get dressed?
2 minutes. I've blogged (perhaps ad nauseam) about my minimal closet. I also have a work capsule (6ish items) that I rotate if they aren't too dirty. It makes dressing easy and I always like what I'm wearing.
What are some dressing or shopping rules you think everyone should follow?
Personally, I like having rules when dressing (see above) but I'd never force them on anyone. I'm pretty sure Iris Apfel has no rules and she seems to be loving life.
What is the favorite piece of clothing or jewelry that you own?
A locket, given to me by my college friends. It has a picture of them in it. It's gold (not REAL gold of course!) with a silver chain, which makes it look mismatchy and the tiniest bit badass.
What's the first investment item that you bought?
Frye boots, 10 years ago. Last year, I bought a REAL silk shirt that cost $150. I wear it everywhere.
Was there a point where your style changed dramatically?
College, definitely. I had worn a uniform my whole life and loved that college gave me a chance to dress differently every day. I was surrounded by smart, creative people (my best friends especially) who introduced me to some great music and great clothes.
What are you trying to achieve when you dress for the world?
Whoa. This feels deep. I guess I'd like to SEEM like I have an interesting thought or two. Maybe I want to look like a women I'd be intrigued by (from Q1)
Is there a part of your body that feels most distinctly you?
My hair, my freckles, and a mole on my left cheek.
How do you care for your body?
I walk home from work every day. I try to eat vegetables.
Do you have a unified way of approaching your life, work, relationships, finances, and chores?
Relationships > work > finances > chores.
Please say anything you like about yourself.
I'm REAL PROUD of my relationships.
Ok what do you say, mom? Please let me know if you'd be game for an interview!!
P.S. You don't have to be a "mom," you know.