As I was walking the streets of New York City the other weekend and was struck with a sense of nostalgia for the time when I lived there and worked near Times Square, it struck me that the way I dressed then was different from the way I dressed in St. Louis. And that is different from how I dress in Boston. It got me thinking – is there a locational influence on fashion choices? Are we informed by the trends as much as those around us and the atmosphere we live in? This week, we are taking this topic to Fashion/Beauty Friend Friday.
1. What part of the world do you blog from? I currently blog from Boston, but ModlyChic was started in St. Louis. I think it is also worth mentioning that I have spent significant time in Manhattan, Milwaukee and Chicago as well.
2. If you had to describe the overall mode of dress for where you live what would you say? Hmm… I’m not sure Boston has a mode of dress. I live in a very college-central area, so a lot of the people walking around here are jeans and t-shirt types. The bloggers I know here are a world unto their own – but that is to be expected. If I had to pick a phrase, I think I would say, ‘fashionably reserved.’ Bostonians aren’t Manhattanites but they do have a sense of style and some serious flare.
3. Do you fit in with the status quo around you or do you break the mold? I suppose that depends who I am out with. Out with friends I probably break the mold. Out with bloggers here I’m probably one of the more reserved bloggers. In St. Louis I totally broke the mold there! I got looks when I went out most places.
4. If you have lived or traveled to another part of the country/world did your clothing choices evolve? Completely. When I moved to New York from Milwaukee I was dressing like a typical mid-western college student. Then after a year in New York the fashion everywhere gets under your skin and you become one with it. I started walking all over the city in heels, dressing up more, losing weight… it’s all part of the place. In St. Louis I had to tone down some of my fashion choices so as not to catch the looks. And now in Boston I care less about the looks and am able to do what I want.
5. If you had to describe your style by naming a specific city, what would you be? I’d like to be Manhattan, but I’m probably more San Francisco or Austin. I dunno. What would you say I am???