At the heart of the book is a survey of 83 questions, which you can check out and fill out on the Women in Clothes website. I decided to answer a few of these questions and share some of my more interesting replies. The outfit and recipe in this post are inspired by my answers.
WHEN I CONNECT WITH ANOTHER PERSON. HONEST CONVERSATION between two people SUGGESTs MUTUAL ATTRACTION AND INTEREST.
2. DO YOU NOTICE WOMEN ON THE STREET? IF SO, WHAT SORT OF WOMEN DO YOU TEND TO NOTICE OR ADMIRE?
Most often, I notice women who look Polished but at ease. These individuals look like they put thought and care into dressing, but don't really think or care about they look Once they are dressed. Dressing for these women is not an effortless process but it has a care-free conclusion.
3. WHAT ARE SOME THINGS YOU ADMIRE ABOUT HOW OTHER WOMEN PRESENT THEMSELVES?
I always admire when other women can pull off looks that I cannot.
4. ARE THERE ANY CLOTHING (OR RELATED) ITEMS THAT YOU HAVE IN MULTIPLE? WHY DO YOU THINK YOU KEEP BUYING THIS THING?
Coats and blazers. I have far too many (closets full) and I've realized, in a given year, I barely have time to wear them all. So why do I keep buying them? I think I like what they represent: structure.
5. WHAT ARE SOME RULES ABOUT DRESSING YOU FOLLOW, BUT YOU WOULDN'T NECESSARILY RECOMMEND TO OTHERS?
For some reason, I tend to abide by the rule "Don't wear more than one piece of jewelry at a time." I've never been a jewelry person (i rarely buy jewelry and when i do it's only because I really, really love something) and the idea of wearing more than one piece seems too busy to me. Of course, tons of women pull off wearing multiple pieces and it looks great; it's just not for me. Also, i've never pierced my ears and don't plan to. "No earrings" is another one.
6. 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, t shirt, blazer, flats. I like this outfit because it feels timeless, not only in terms of fashion history, but also in terms of my own historical relation to fashion. I hated sneakers and hoodies as a child; I would have much preferred to have worn flats and a blazer, though they were hard to find in my size at the time.
7. WHAT IS YOUR PROCESS GETTING DRESSED IN THE MORNING? WHAT ARE YOU CONSIDERING?
8. DO YOU HAVE STYLE IN ANY AREAS OF YOUR LIFE ASIDE FROM FASHION?
I definitely have a Cooking Style. My instincts in the kitchen are to make hearty dishes reminiscent of comfort or peasant food, but always with the freshest ingredients I can find. I like to make food that's best tackled on a Sunday, when there's time for it to simmer on the stovetop and nothing is too rushed. When I cook food that isn't of this style, I feel slightly uncomfortable/out of my element, as if I was wearing someone else's clothes.
wearing: limited edition "I See You" t shirt by Judith Henderson,
Theory blazer, Guess Jeans, BCBG flats (similar)
French Onion Soup
makes enough for four generous helpings (plus a little extra)
you will need...
2 pounds of yellow onions, sliced thinly
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter
plenty of fresh thyme (6-8 full sprigs)
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
2 teaspoons flour
1 cup of dry white wine (preferably French)
4 cups of beef stock
2 cups water
salt and pepper
baguette, sliced to fit into oven-proof bowls
gruyere, grated (plan to use up to 1/3 cup of grated cheese per bowl)
In a large stock pot, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add onions, thyme and bay leaves and cook, stirring occasionally and adjusting heat as necessary, for 30-35 minutes, or until onions are caramelized and deep amber in colour. Add mustard and stir to combine. Add flour and stir, cooking for 1-2 minutes. Add wine; allow to bubble away for 2-3 minutes. Add stock and water. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. I usually make this soup ahead of time so it can have at least an hour or so to sit off the heat, allowing the flavour to deepen (overnight is even better!).
Remove thyme sprigs and bay leaves; discard. Season soup with salt and pepper to taste.
Preheat broiler. Toast sliced baguette on baking sheet until browned. Divide soup between heat-proof bowls on the baking sheet. Top with bread and cheese (use as much as you like). Melt cheese in the oven until brown and bubbling. Serve immediately.