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Quiz: What’s Your Gay Fall Aesthetic?

Fall is here at last! And the wonderful world of fall decor and autumnal fashion can be OVERWHELMING to navigate. So to help you out, I’m here to tell you your gay fall aesthetic, complete with recommendations for fall looks for your closet and decor for your home. Part gay personality quiz, part fall lookbook if you will. And now is an excellent time to revisit one of my greatest quizzes of all time, the also seasonally appropriate Plan a Queer Fall Party and I’ll Tell You How You’re Cursed quiz. I hope THIS quiz is a bit cozier than that one was 🤪

Pick a decorative gourd, naturally:(Required)
Which of the following describes an ideal fall day to you?(Required)
Pick a fall-themed mug:(Required)
Pick a fall drink to put in your mug:(Required)
Pick a bowl:(Required)
Pick a soup to have in that bowl:(Required)
Pick a fall vibes flower arrangement:(Required)
And pick a vase to place them in:(Required)
Pick a Trader Joe’s seasonal fall product:(Required)
What sounds like good reading material for a rainy fall day?(Required)
Choose an apple variety:(Required)
Choose a fruit:(Required)
Fall uniform time! Choose a sweater:(Required)
Choose a scarf:(Required)
Choose a pair of boots:(Required)

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Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya

Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya is the managing editor of Autostraddle and a lesbian writer of essays, short stories, and pop culture criticism living in Orlando. She is the assistant managing editor of TriQuarterly, and her short stories appear or are forthcoming in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Joyland, Catapult, The Offing, and more. Some of her pop culture writing can be found at The A.V. Club, Vulture, The Cut, and others. You can follow her on Twitter or Instagram and learn more about her work on her website.

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  1. Where can I get that mushroom mug?! Honestly, too many of those sweaters look scratchy. I couldn’t really find my options here. For me, fall is long fantasy novels, hiking in coats, baking lasagna with the windows open while watching Howl’s Moving Castle for the hundredth time.

    • Hard agree with the sweaters! Knitted things that are supposed to be cozy but are actually super itchy make me so sad (and uncomfortable). The scarves choice was actually harder, because with scarves I’ve had multiple experiences where they looked comfy and were supposed to be super soft but they felt unbearably itchy to me!

      This was definitely a case where some questions I vibed with lots of the answers and others nothing felt like the right fit, but my result of “cozy gay” was pretty accurate, so I guess it all worked out? *shrug*

    • I dunno if I can post links here, but I google image searched and it’s from Anthropologie, called the Nature Studies Mug in the grey motif. it’s on sale btw. I chose it too, I freaking love mushrooms!

  2. Cozy gay!

    Warm, Welcoming, Soft. You have a bit of a Dark Academia vibe but with a little more color and saturation. To you, the perfect fall day is when you curl up in your favorite spot in your home with a book while drinking tea. Maybe it’s raining.

    That’s correct <3

  3. Cozy Gay all the way – though for coziness purposes I might recommend this blanket instead – the LL Bean Wicked Plush Sherpa Throw. Maximum cozy, plus washable, for my fellow cozy gays with multiple pets. It’s pretty great.

  4. choosing a sweater was the hardest question I’ve faced on one of these quizzes yet!

    also since I literally just ate them 10 minutes ago, I feel sad to report that the TJ’s Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese bites are very *not good*. I thought something fried with mac and cheese inside couldn’t be bad, but they are very very boring and bad.

  5. First I got Pumpkin Spice Bitch and then I went with my choices that I would have picked, if wasn’t trying to cheat because I could tell there was some kind of pattern or whatever and got Autumnal Goth xD

  6. Mulled Wine Mommi! A flattering concept and weirdly accurate in terms of my personal colour palette, although because I’m Australian I ACTUALLY thrifted a wine-coloured short sleeved patterned buttonup over the weekend.

  7. sweater dad. so accurate. i am definitely the dad of my little family unit in many ways. my husbian is totally the mom: he is the cook and the worrier and goes to all the parent teacher conferences and I am the one who thinks the kids are fine and goes out with friends regularly. not saying those are required of a mom, just that he is parenting like his own mom did and I am way more like my own tomboy mom and don’t angst about my kids like a lot of moms seem to.
    although I am not butch, i am a tomboy femme and lately much more tomboy. i definitely rock the jeans and rugged sweaters. ill be out in the yard pruning the tree.

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