Kathleen Sutter, 30
Art therapist, Children’s Hospital
What she’s wearing: Shirt from Listopad (now Treasury), shorts and sandals from local thrift stores, bag from a store in Texas.
Would you say you’re mostly a vintage shopper?
“I’ve gone back and forth over the years. I was always a vintage shopper through high school and college, and then I started to feel like I needed to polish myself up. I started buying new clothes, and then I didn’t really like the new clothes I was buying, so I’ve come back to vintage clothing over the past few years.”
What do you like about it?
“Other people don’t usually own what I have. I got tired of seeing a shirt I had on a hundred other people. As I got a little bit older, I wanted my identity back again. I kinda got more comfortable in my own style, whereas for a while there I wasn’t sure how I wanted to come across. I was in grad school and starting new jobs, and I wanted people to take me seriously, especially in Washington. It feels like there are a lot of people dressing to not be noticed.”
Do you think that that’s changing at all?
“I think so—I mean, I hope so. There’s still that sort of transient nature. People come to work in these serious jobs, and so that’s sort of what they’re thinking about. I worked at a nonprofit for a while, and everybody was really more concerned about the work they were doing than how they looked at work. I think that people are kind of figuring out that you can do both.”
Do you think your Texas upbringing informs your look?
“Probably. I like cowboy boots.”
What’s on your summer-wardrobe wish list?
“I’d like to get more shorts, actually. Khaki pants pleated, rolled up. I can’t find any that don’t make me look weird in my midsection. And shoes. I have really big feet. They’re size 11.”
Have you found any good resources for shoes?
“Barefoot Tess. There’s a store in Baltimore, I think. They have sizes 10 through 13, and they’re not ugly. They’re all really cute shoes. Usually, when they get bigger, they’re sort of borderline nursing shoes.”
Kathleen’s look is all about relaxed, American weekend wear. A sturdy pair of shorts, a plaid button-down shirt rolled up to the elbow. Ready for the beach, for the market, or for picnics.