Talking About Clothes with Holly Chayes

About

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 them…

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.

Episodes

NOV 30, 2020 [Change] Dressing up, showing up and having fun with Lolita Walker
In this conversation I’m speaking with Lolita, who helps people and teams live and act with more deliberate intention. Our conversation covers: 1. Finding a routine, intentional dressing and putting the effort into dressing for yourself. 2. Having fun and making a statement with your clothes.…
NOV 29, 2020 [Change] Dressing in your values with Janae Price
In this conversation I’m speaking with Janae, a co-host of the So Called Oreos podcast, who has been using this time as a chance to reset and more purposefully bring her values into her wardrobe. Our conversation covers: 1. Personal transformation and the personal style changes that come with i…
NOV 28, 2020 [Change] Becoming intentional about your clothing with Elizabeth Gowing
In this conversation I’m speaking with Elizabeth, a writer, who spends a lot of her time traveling and dealing with the wardrobe challenges that come with having your wardrobe scattered between countries. Our conversation covers: 1. The joy of dressing as you wish. 2. Living life more intenti…
NOV 27, 2020 [Change] Learning about clothing and confidence with Dawn Casey-Rowe
In this conversation I’m speaking with Dawn, a former teacher who transitioned into the tech industry, and living in Rhode Island. Our conversation covers: 1. Consciously working on your style. 2. The importance of routine, and embracing different clothes for different phases of your life. …
NOV 26, 2020 [Change] Making the most of quarantine style with Courtney Lauran
In this conversation I’m speaking with Courtney, a self-care coach located in New York City, and the host of the More Tarot, Please podcast. Our conversation covers: 1. Finding confidence with and without makeup. 2. Using the time in quarantine to connect to yourself. 3. Wanting a capsule w…
NOV 25, 2020 [Change] The ups and downs of capsule wardrobes with Ellen Leonard
In this conversation I’m speaking with Ellen, a health and wellness coach who, pre-Covid, was working primarily in person. Our conversation covers 1. Having a capsule or minimalist wardrobe and finding a “uniform” that works for you. 2. Combating decision fatigue and moving away from having a…
NOV 19, 2020 [Season Trailer] Change, 2020 Edition
In this season of the podcast, we’re having conversations about changes in our wardrobes and lives. These conversations took place at the end of July and beginning of August 2020. In this season, we talk about: * Taking the time and effort to investigate your own style and preferences * How s…
SEP 4, 2020 [Shopping Pre-Covid-19] High end bargain hunting and clothing related identity crises with Natalie Que
In this conversation we talk about identity crises, buying second hand, and high end bargain hunting, the masks we can put on when we choose our clothing, looking good versus feeling good in your clothes, and noticing how other people respond to how you dress. Find more at https://www.whowearswho.…
SEP 3, 2020 [Shopping Pre-Covid-19] Shopping as self-care and personal empowerment with Claudia & Bell
In this conversation we talk about loving shopping, shopping as part of your weekly routine and a way to carve out time for yourself, the power in having the items in your closet that you know you always get compliments on and the feeling of endless possibilities that come with new items. Plus ther…
SEP 3, 2020 [Shopping Pre-Covid-19] Developing your own shopping POV with Jill Wolcott
In this conversation we talk about appreciating garments without feeling the need to obtain them, developing your own POV and your own style, online shopping and how to solve the issue of finding clothes that fit online, and the understanding that if a piece of clothing you’ve had your eye on is go…
SEP 2, 2020 [Shopping Pre-Covid-19] Investment pieces, trends, and avoiding impulse purchases with Brittany Diego
In this conversation we talk about impulse buys, investment pieces, and trends, not buying yourself clothes and then having nothing to wear when you need it, finding the balance between professional and personal in your wardrobe, and giving yourself a pause to cut down on impulse purchases. Find m…
SEP 2, 2020 [Shopping Pre-Covid-19] The ups and downs of the shopping experience with Naomi Dunford
In this conversation we cover optimistic purchases, the trouble with not knowing what you don’t know, splitting your shopping between majority thrifting and minority high end, and the contrasting experiences between shopping in high end shops and thrifting. Find more at https://www.whowearswho.com…
SEP 1, 2020 [Shopping Pre-Covid-19] Changing your shopping mindset to change your experience with Heather Craik
In this conversation we talk about changing your shopping mindset and how that influences your shopping experience, trying on anything that catches your eye, rather than pre-judging things (it caught your eye for a reason), going with shops and designers who design intentionally for larger sizes, a…
SEP 1, 2020 [Shopping Pre-Covid-19] Frustrating shopping experiences, quality clothes and big life transitions with Gwen Juleus
In this conversation we talk about keeping quality items regardless of trends, and also going about trying to find those quality clothes and then sticking to what works. Plus the frustration of shopping and not being able to find what you’re looking for, and how big life transitions and body change…
AUG 20, 2020 [Season Trailer] Shopping Pre-Covid-19
In this season we're having conversations about shopping in the Pre-Covid-19 version of normality. These conversations took place between the tail end of 2019 and the first months of 2020. We talk about: * loving shopping, hating shopping, dreading shopping, and embracing shopping. * shopping…
JUN 15, 2020 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 ce…
MAY 14, 2020 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 …
APR 23, 2020 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 colorf…
APR 14, 2020 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…
APR 8, 2020 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 …
APR 7, 2020 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…
APR 6, 2020 No patience? No problem
"Oh, I don't have patience for that." I can't tell you how many times I've been told that while knitting or sewing. But the trick is, you don't knit or sew because you have patience. You have patience because you knit or sew. It's a way of practicing and acquiring something that you don't already …
APR 3, 2020 A Sweater is a Sweater No Matter How Messy
Knitting this sweater was a hot mess. It was messy, it was ugly. It involved a lot of cursing and re knitting and reworking and shoving the project into a drawer for a couple days. And in all honesty, if I wasn't in the middle of this year long wardrobe challenge with an already extremely limited w…
APR 2, 2020 Wanna Look Like Audrey Hepburn? I guess I didn’t…
Looking back on this year long project, I'm almost as much amazed by the garments I didn't wear as the garments I wore dozens upon dozens of time. You would think that with a super limited wardrobe I would reach for every garment I could. And yet, I didn't. I realized that this year was not just …
APR 1, 2020 If it feels like cheating, it probably is.
One of the first things I had to contend with when setting up this project was: what was I going to count as a garment that I needed to make? I came up with two rules for this project: 1. accessories and undergarments don't count. 2. if it feels like cheating, it probably is. And one of the …
MAR 31, 2020 The Self Made Wardrobe Revisited
I had originally planned on bringing you the third collection full of incredible conversations with wonderful guests all focused around the topic of shopping. However, things have changed dramatically, over the past few weeks. So instead of releasing the planned third season, I'm going with the "n…
MAR 22, 2020 [Special] Cleaning Out Your Closet
Everything seems to have turned upside down since the second season of the podcast came out last week. And it is probable that the third season will be at least a little bit delayed from the original podcast production schedule. So I wanted to drop you a little note. I don’t know how you are, but …
MAR 9, 2020 Living Through the Personal Style Movie Montage a conversation with Naomi Dunford
Our conversation includes making style rules that fit your environment, buying really nice clothes that you never wear and that don’t work together, dressing a rapidly changing body. Middle school style fails and using them to motivate yourself to learn about style, and embracing the process becaus…
MAR 9, 2020 Being Kind to Yourself About Your Personal Style a conversation with Amy Crook
Our conversation covers constructing a life that supports your self expression, not compromising on style or physical comfort, the power of the simplicity of kindness, buying and wearing what you want, not just what’s easy, and letting your style evolve while keeping the things you love. Amy is an…
MAR 9, 2020 Efficient Personal Style a conversation with Shanna Mann
Our conversation about personal style touches on ditching rules in favor of creating style guidelines, letting utility and comfort inform your visual style, the efficiency of a capsule closet, and no longer paying attention to what looks good on models, but focusing instead on what looks good on yo…
MAR 9, 2020 Reflecting Your Personal Growth in Your Personal Style a conversation with Anung Vilay
In our conversation, we discuss style evolutions and experimenting with your style, caring less about how you look as you become more comfortable with yourself. Working with a stylist to put words around your style, the importance of not shopping while you’re in a bad mood, and blending your inner …
MAR 9, 2020 Bending Your Personal Style to Your Personal Circumstances a conversation with Briar Harvey
In this conversation we talk about the importance of clothes that are easy, plain and simple, rebuilding a wardrobe to fit your life after extreme personal circumstances. The Holy Grail of pockets and getting dressed by color, the importance of knowing what’s hanging in your closet, and the special…
MAR 9, 2020 Personal Style From the Inside Out a conversation with Stacy Soderholm
In this conversation we touch on developing clothing habits that stay with you for your entire life, opting out of the exhausting cycles of fashion, dressing to please yourself first. Clothing as a vehicle for self expression versus the right clothes as condition of acceptance and walking the line …
JAN 30, 2020 Going About Finding Comfortable Clothing a conversation with Shanna Mann
Our conversation around comfort touches on utility as a wellspring for comfortable clothing. Comfortable undergarments in both fit and construction, the importance of fiber when it comes to comfort and creating comfortable clothes, how to go about finding garments and brands that fit what you're lo…
JAN 30, 2020 The Difference Between Looking Good and Feeling Good in Your Clothes a conversation with Liz
Our conversation on comfort ranges from discussing the importance of layers, flexibility and preparedness in being dressed comfortably. Versatility as an element of comfort, balancing flair and style with physical comfort, weather and environmental impacts on what constitutes comfortable clothing. …
JAN 30, 2020 The Comfort of Not Fussing a conversation with Jill Wolcott
In my conversation with Jill, we touched on always being comfortable without resorting to yoga pants day in and day out. Building and evolving your wardrobe towards comfort. Buying with the long term in mind, having sensitive skin, creating comfort from the details of your wardrobe. And accessorizi…
JAN 30, 2020 Learning and Relearning to Dress Comfortably a conversation with Briar Harvey
In this episode we talk about comfort as it pertains to dressing with a chronic illness and allergies, refusing to put up with discomforting clothing, pockets because they're always important, clothing as your armor in the world, feeling good about your clothes as a form of being comfortable in the…
JAN 30, 2020 Where Confidence and Comfort Overlap in Your Closet a conversation with Heather Craik
In our conversation we discussed how comfort and confidence overlap and impact each other. Making sure your clothing isn't constricting as a element of comfort. Dressing in clothes that make you happy. Balancing the clothes you want to wear with the weather around you. Emotionally comfortable cloth…
JAN 30, 2020 Prioritizing Comfort a conversation with Amy Crook
In this conversation, we talk about physical comfort in the fit and materials of our clothes. Where to find comfortable clothing and sourcing comfort when it comes to shopping. The process of prioritizing comfort, the perils of polyester and physical activity, mending garments and keeping the cloth…
JAN 9, 2020 Welcome to Talking About Clothes
Welcome to Talking About Clothes with Holly Chayes, where we explore what impact our clothes have on us, so that we can better understand our relationship with some of the most intimate items in our lives. In doing this, we uncover the world role they play in how we think and feel about ourselves. …