To Armor, Disguise, or Attract? What We Project When We Get Dressed

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For many women, the clothes they wear give confidence, let them reinvent themselves and even transform how others see them. How we dress can express our values and our politics, can function as armor or disguise. Heidi Julavits, Leanne Shapton, and Sheila Heti talk about collecting women’s stories in the book Women in Clothes, a conversation among hundreds of women of all nationalities—famous, anonymous, religious, secular, married, single, young, old—about how the clothes we put on every day define and shape our lives.