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Talking About Clothes with Holly Chayes is a seasonal podcast, where I talk about clothes with people who wear them. Regardless of how fashionable or stylish we think we are (or are not), we all wear clothes. In this podcast, we explore the depths of some of the most intimate times in our lives without shame or guilt. Each season focuses on a theme, where guests share their personal perspective on that particular topic.

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Talking About Clothes with Holly Chayes is a seasonal podcast, where I talk about clothes with people who wear them. Regardless of how fashionable or stylish we think we are (or are not), we all wear clothes. In this podcast, we explore the depths of some of the most intimate times in our lives without shame or guilt. Each season focuses on a theme, where guests share their personal perspective on that particular topic.

    Show Up – Wrapping The Self Made Wardrobe Revisited

    Show Up – Wrapping The Self Made Wardrobe Revisited

    This is the final episode of season three of Talking About Clothes. In it, I talk about how the hardest part of this whole year-long project was showing up everyday and doing the thing I showed up to do. And also, how after a transformative year (which this year of The Self-Made Wardrobe Project certainly was), there’s no going back to the way things were before. That year changed how I related to my clothes in fundamental ways.
    Thank you for revisiting this project with me, now I hope you’ll take some time to explore these remarkable Black creators and thinkers working in clothing-related fields. Because Black lives matter. And these creators are doing incredible things.
    In Style, Handmade Style & Sewing

    Brittany Diego is a celebrity stylist and fashion consultant. She also hosts the Fashion School Dropout Podcast.
    Website: https://www.brittanytdiego.com/
    Instagram: @brittanydiego
    Podcast: Fashion School Dropout Stephanie Thomas, the founder and CEO of Cur8able, is a disability fashion stylist, speaker, and consultant.
    Website: https://cur8able.com/
    Podcast: Cur8able the Podcast
    Instagram: @disabilityfashionstylist Jasika Nicole, is an actress and also makes her entire wardrobe.
    Website: http://jasikanicole.com/
    Instagram: @jasikaistrycurious Marcy Harriell, as she says in her IG bio, is an actor, singer, sewist, and merrymaker.
    Website: http://www.oonaballoona.com/
    Instagram: @marcyharriell Black Girls Sew™ is “committed to making an impact on the lives of women and youth through education in sewing, design and entrepreneurship.”
    Instagram: @blackgirlssew
    In Clothing Sustainability
    Dominique Drakeford, Founder of MelaninASS, and Co-Founder of Sustainable Brooklyn. In her own words, she “work[s] at the intersections of sustainability and style to heal our relationship to the Earth and spark equitable change for economic wellbeing.”
    Website: https://www.dominiquedrakeford.com/
    Instagram: @dominiquedrakeford Aja Barber is a a writer and fashion consultant focusing on race, intersectional feminism, and fashion.
    Instagram: @ajabarber
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/AjaBarber
    In Fashion & History
    Cheyney McKnight, founder and owner of Not Your Momma’s History, is a Historical Interpreter and Living Historian.
    Website: http://www.notyourmommashistory.com/
    Youtube: NotYourMommasHistory
    Instagram: @NotYourMommasHistory
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/NotYourMommasHistory Dandy Wellington is a bandleader, entertainer, event producer, and creative consultant. #VintageStyleNOTVintageValues
    Website: https://www.dandywellington.com/
    Youtube: Dandy Wellington
    Instagram: @dandywellington
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/dandywellington
    Additionally: Anti-Racism Training, Resources & People to Follow
    "Undoing Racism" by The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond “Race Demystified" by Milagros Phillips Rachel Elizabeth Cargle a public academic, writer, and lecturer.
    Website: https://www.rachelcargle.com/
    Twitter: @rachelcargle
    Instagram: @rachel.cargle Layla F. Saad is an "author, speaker & teacher on the topics of race, identity, leadership, personal transformation & social change."
    Website: http://laylafsaad.com/
    Instagram: @laylafsaad The Conscious Kid: "Parenting and Education through a Critical Race Lens"
    Instagram: @theconsciouskid
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theconsciouskid Nupol Kiazolu, President Black Lives Matter Greater NY and Founder/CEO of Vote 2000.
    Instagram: @nupol_justice
    Twitter: @nupol_justice A document with dozens of additional resources. This document was compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker & Alyssa Klein in May 2020: bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES  
     
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    Rethinking (Wardrobe) Staples

    Rethinking (Wardrobe) Staples

    One of the things that I wore pretty much every single day prior to doing this self made wardrobe project was jeans.
    But at the beginning of this project, when I was building up the number of garments that I had access to (within the parameters of this year long wardrobe project), I focused a lot on wearing and making fast, simple, easy garments - skirts, tops, simple sweaters, etc. 
    And so I went months without wearing jeans, which, if you'd asked me prior to this project, if that were possible, I would have said no.
    But it turns out it was entirely possible. Regardless of what I had previously assumed.
    Learn more at WhoWearsWho.com/podcast3

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    Let Your Body Adapt. It has clothing preferences just like you.

    Let Your Body Adapt. It has clothing preferences just like you.

    I know I'm not the only one who makes snap judgments about my clothes. Especially when I first try a garment on that's not my usual cut or silhouette or style. That's what happened with one of the dresses I knit for this self made wardrobe project.
    It was a one piece hand knit, A-line, very colorful mini dress that was neither my normal colors, nor my normal silhouette nor my normal style, but ended up being one of the pieces that I love the most in this wardrobe and wore quite often and still wear today.
    So I guess one of the lessons from this dress is to not jump to conclusions about garments before you wear them a couple times.
    It's easy to forget that our bodies have preferences about what they wear. And often, so not always, those preferences are merely because that's what our bodies are familiar with. It's sort of like if you start working out your body is going to have opinions on it.
    And the same is true for whatever garment you're talking about. It doesn't have to be high waisted jeans or period corsets or turn of the 20th century undergarments, it's true for anything. If you're not used to wearing a suit, your body is going to take a while to get used to wearing a suit. If you're not used to wearing lounge-wear, your body's going to take a while to get used to wearing lounge-wear.
    So I think that when something's new, and it has to do with our physically feeling weird in the clothing and you want to play around with the style, maybe give it a couple tries, and see if you get used to it.
    Learn more at WhoWearsWho.com/podcast3

    • 5 min
    A Quality Garment from Cheap Materials - is it possible?

    A Quality Garment from Cheap Materials - is it possible?

    Like with food, a really good high quality fabric is going to give you incredible results even if your skill level isn't that of master chef or a master couturier. However, you can also make not so good materials work, it just requires a lot more finesse or experiences.
    This robe is one that I get compliments on every single time I wear it. There are little tiny metallic threads running through it but they're just enough to be interesting and not so much that it becomes gaudy. There are these little novelty squares of plush fabric, glued on to the the chiffon. And it's so sweat inducing because the fabric 100% polyester, (which means that's 100% plastic).
    But if the breeze picks it up just right, it floats and flutters behind you and looks marvelous.
    And I'm always astonished when I remember that, this was an impulse fabric purchase that I put together into a robe on a whim and wore about 30 times throughout the course of the year.
    Learn more at WhoWearsWho.com/podcast3

    • 5 min
    Getting the Job Done (at the very last minute)

    Getting the Job Done (at the very last minute)

    I'm pretty sure if I had had all of the time in the world, I wouldn't have come up with this dress solution. There's something about a deadline that clarifies exactly what the parameters of the project are, and forces you to meet those requirements.
    That forces you to meet those requirements, but doesn't allow you to follow any extraneous rabbit holes. There were no "nice to have" details on this dress. The slip was very simple and very straightforward.
    But it did the job.
    And I'm not sure I could have asked anything else.  
    Learn more at WhoWearsWho.com/podcast3

    • 4 min
    Wasting Time

    Wasting Time

    Time seems like a very bizarre concept right now.
    It has that funny quality of not really being solid anymore and not being something that we can agree on the unit of measuring time by and I'm thinking a lot about time that could be called wasted time.
    I'm thinking in particular of one long white, plain white skirt that I sewed, intending it to be worn under a knitted dress I had made, because I wanted something more for that dress, and that I only wore a couple times.
    The skirt probably took a couple hours to make. And I'm wondering if I had known how little I would have worn that skirt and how unnecessary that skirt was, if I would have done something different with those couple hours instead.
    And I don't know.
    Because how could I have known that I wouldn't have needed that skirt, if I hadn't had that skirt and not needed it?
    Learn more at WhoWearsWho.com/podcast3

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