An interview about personal style with Susan Oatson by Lauralee Crain Estill
What are you thinking about you get dressed in the morning?
“Work. I dress for work. I work on a farm. I think about two things. I think about being thoughtful and mindful of the needs of others. And I think about work.”
What kinds of questions do you think about when getting dressed?
“This is going to sound silly. I ask for direction from God. That’s not fancy. Directions for my path for my day, and then I have guidance on what to do first during the day. So I’m efficient.”
Where do you start your outfit? For ex. Shoes first or shirt, etc.
“Pants, socks. Boots.”
Are you aiming to say anything when you put together an outfit?
“Be clean. Smell decent. Don’t stink.”
What’s your go-to styling trick?
“During the day comfortability. Going out is consideration of color. Style for my height. And Age.”
What’s your go-to outfit?
“I work all the time so it’s usually work stuff.”
What’s an outfit that never works?
Full skirt. Pleats.
What are you wearing when you feel most yourself? Why?
It doesn’t matter. I am who I am. You could put me in a clown suit and it would still be me.
When do you recall coming into your own personal style?
Hm. Years ago. My mother was clothes horse. So was my father. Way back.
How did you experiment with style in earlier years?
There wasn’t much experimentation I followed my mother’s guidance. I experimented with makeup.
Do you dress to reflect your mood or to change your mood?
I don’t dress to change my mood, no the mood comes from within.
Have you ever gotten bored with your closet? How do you get out of a style rut?
I usually buy traditional clothing. I don’t buy fads. I buy traditional short jackets, used to be ‘hill jackets.’ Tweeds. I don’t usually fall into the styles. Rarely. If something is tacky it’s tacky it doesn’t matter what style it is.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve done in the last week?
Beign the part of the lives of other people and having a positive effect on them. Thats the coolest thing anybody can do.
What’s the best place to eat in Lexington?
If it’s practical it would be Malone’s or Chop House. Impractical would be out of Lexington, probably.
Where’s the best place to shop in Lexington?
Depends what I’m after. If I need a tack shop then I go to tack shop. Clothes Bella Rose. If I want something that’s a cut above I usually go to people’s homes who sell upper end type of clothing. That sounds snobby doesn’t it? I don’t like the way clothes are made today.
Who in Lexington inspires you?
I don’t know if it’s an individual. Honest hard working people. Doesn’t matter who they are.