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Nov 11, 2023Liked by Articles Of Interest

I ended up buying the book. (Ostensibly for both my daughter and I.) And listening to this episode a few times. It's such a good little nugget.

The book is hard work, coming up with the adjectives by yourself is rough, but so interesting (how often do we get to be this curious about ourselves: "what quotes do I like", "what are the items of clothing I truly loved and felt myself in and miss and reminisce about" etc.)

Anyway, by my lonesome I came up with Simple, Storied (not really a word per se but...) and Distinct. I feel so empowered now...

ps. @avery - please, please, please do not ever stop the show. (I tell everyone about it and just downloaded the Apple Podcasts app so I could write a review, and I'm a long-time Radiotopia supporter.)

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ah thank you so so much! and congratulations on finding your words!

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This interview was exciting, then I price-checked the Creative Pragmatist book. 🙁

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Sammeeee. I love her tiktoks and her POV. I understand self publishing books is expensive and she only needs to sell to her Tibi customers but I would still like to support her.

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Amy Smilovic has taught me so much about cool dressing after 40. This is exciting!!!

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Hmm. I wish Indyx weren't so exclusively focused on women's fashion. So the quiz is a lot harder to take as a straight guy -- although it was sort of fun to lean into some gender fluidity. I came up with Simple, Tailored and Structured.

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haha me too. It was even a bit too femme for my taste. But I adore that you just rolled with it! I hope you feel like your adjectives still work for you

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Yeah, and I don't think any of the brands they made you choose from even have plus-size clothes so I had to bail.

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Squirrel, I don't have exactly the right words, but that must be very frustrating. As we've learned from Avery, this is a reflection on the people who make clothes, not the people who wear them.

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It was disappointing, but not surprising tbh. I just have no basis for comparison. A coworker was talking about the style at Aeropostale and I had to shrug because I literally have never fit into their clothing so I have never really paid attention to it. With regards to the app, the options that I had of outfits before that point made me realize that I am far too queer/gonzocore for that quiz.

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That square bag. Wow.

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I'm late to the comments but found this episode's framework quite calming/relaxing and informative. I was having a lot of fun thinking through my 3 adjectives for basics and decided to include a non-adjective (since they're just guidelines!): "teddy bear"

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Would love to know what blazer she was wearing, it sounds like my kind of blazer

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One of the rules which I find maddening is the idea that a man's single-breasted suit coat or sport coat should never have the bottom button fastened. I have some coats that simply look better fully fastened, and some which look better that way if I'm dressing them down with jeans and Docs, but look better the "right way" (bottom button unfastened) if I'm wearing them with slacks.

And other than "how to dress" vlogs and people who can afford $2000 suits, the only other people who seem to know this rule exists are the sort of pedants who use the phrases "well, actually" and "basically" a lot but don't, you know, wear suit coats, and the last time they wore anything remotely like a suit coat (or even a casual sport jacket) was their wedding tuxedo rental.

Terrible "rule".

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Took the quiz on Indyx and my style came out as Classic, Minimalist, and Romantic. Loved the episode!

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Love Amy! I also love any episode helping me navigate my style. Thank you for this!

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Your suit is damn sharp

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Do you have links to her book? I searched by title and author and couldn’t find it in our library or on Amazon.

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