FBFF: Location, Location, Location

This week, the FBFF questions are all about locational influences- how your location does or does not influence the way you dress.  This has come up once before in this post and I’m excited to tackle these questions!

View from the rooftop garden of The Met

1. What part of the world do you blog from? (feel free to be as specific or as vague as you are comfortable with.) Well, as you may or may not know, I moved to NYC in mid-June, so I’m currently blogging from here.  I first started my blog when I was still in college in Connecticut, so I blogged from there too [shout-out to my CT bloggers! :D]

2. If you had to describe the overall mode of dress for where you live what would you say?  Well, there’s the cliche saying that, “New Yorkers only wear black,” which may very well be true!  However, what I’ve noticed is that there is such a range!  The other day, I saw this girl in what looked like a harajuku girl costume, which definitely stood out among all the other people who were more conventionally dressed.  Another thing that totally makes a difference is neighborhood.  In the area where I’m living now, people might be rockin’ a boho vibe, while up on 42nd Street near Grand Central, it’s all about the suits or business casual attire.

3. Do you fit in with the status quo around you or do you break the mold? I feel like it would be hard to break the mold in New York, but I think right now I’m probably somewhere in the middle.  Not way out there nor super avant-garde.

4. If you have lived or traveled to another part of the country/world did your clothing choices evolve? As I mentioned in the post I linked to earlier, my clothing choices definitely change when I go back to my hometown.  I feel like people are less experimental there, so I used to, in some ways, rein in what I wore.  I’d even had people comment on my “East Coast style.”  Also, sometimes when I was going into NYC from Connecticut, I felt pressure to spruce up my outfits- I was going to New York after all!  Then I decided that I shouldn’t have to limit what I wear based on my location (other than practical concerns, of course) and that I should wear whatever I want to wear, wherever I am!

5. If you had to describe your style by naming a specific city, what would you be?  Oh wow, this is so hard- I always have major problems when someone asks me to describe my style!  How about this game?  I’ll name some words that I think fit my style and you tell me what city makes sense! Girly, Casual Chic, Cardigan-Lover, Wears a lot of black (clearly I’m not good at this, haha!)

As usual, I’d love to hear your answers to any and all of these questions in the comments! :)  Fashion Beauty Friend Friday was created by Katy Rose of Modly Chic. Become a member at the Fashion Beauty Friend Friday Google Group to join in the discussion!

Also, I just wanted to thank you guys for your supportive comments on Wednesday’s post!  I was so nervous about posting, but you guys drove all the nerves away :)  Also, as far as the etsy shop, I think I’m going to go for it- so keep checking back here for updates! :D

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  1. Courtney wrote:

    Wears a lot of black and loves cardigans…sounds like my kind of gal!

    xoxo ~ Courtney

    Posted 8.5.11 Reply
  2. Amanne wrote:

    Style DOES depend on neighborhood! I think that applies to every major city. It’s a huge style definer in San Francisco as well.

    Posted 8.5.11 Reply
  3. Courtney wrote:

    I once read that New Yorkers used to wear all back because their clothes would get so dirty from the streets. I guess maybe that just continued into today!

    Posted 8.5.11 Reply
  4. Cheryl wrote:

    It definitely makes a difference where you are! Living in western pa, the traditional dress is jeans and Steelers garb! Seriously! So, I already look a little out of place as a fashion lover and it sometimes stops me from being really creative!

    Posted 8.5.11 Reply
  5. Sandy Joe wrote:

    Wowza, gorgeous photograph! I cannot believe that’s a rooftop.

    x The Pretty Secrets

    Posted 8.6.11 Reply
  6. Sabine wrote:

    What a great view! New Yorkers surely must be prone to lighter colours, too when it’s hot… I would find it very hard to describe my style.

    Posted 8.7.11 Reply
  7. Hmm, I’m moving to New York in about a month. I excited to see how my style will change and evolve? Living in the midwest, or at least in Missouri, I noticed people’s style are very similar. In the college towns it is denim skirts, college team/sorority attire and flip flops–St. Louis is a little better but not much. It is all kind of generic because everyone shops at the same stores. I always tried to distinguish myself from the same style crowds by exploring different outlets and influences-my style is a little of this and a little of that but mostly focuses on a vintage/european preppy aesthetic. Needless to say, I’m ready to see new points of view in style.

    Posted 8.7.11 Reply
  8. janel wrote:

    Before I die I would really like to see NYC! Your so lucky! Also love your picture, the sky is so pretty!

    Posted 8.7.11 Reply
  9. I never know how to describe my style either! I agree, it’s tough to break the mold in New York. I’m always surprised how out of place I feel in the more corporate areas of the city, even if I’m just there for dinner I feel so odd.

    The rooftop of the Met looks awesome! I always forget to go!

    Posted 8.8.11 Reply
  10. the view from the Met rooftop is just so amazing!

    Posted 8.9.11 Reply
  11. Aki! wrote:

    What I notice about where I live is that a lot of people don’t care about how they dress…and I don’t blame them. Most days, it’s so hot here a short walk is enough to dehydrate you.

    Hard to find great fashion for the desert.

    Posted 8.10.11 Reply
  12. jamie-lee wrote:

    Great post – really interesting to read your thoughts – I always assumed New Yorkers wore all black too haha

    Posted 8.11.11 Reply
  13. Gorgeous photo! I’m such an east coaster when it comes to my style too. But like you said, I don’t limit myself.

    Posted 8.11.11 Reply
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    Talk soon!


    Posted 8.11.11 Reply
  15. Ashley wrote:

    Lucky Girl! I would love to be blogging from NYC. ;)


    Posted 8.13.11 Reply
  16. So much fun reading your answers!! Yea…CT is a bit boring with clothes, sadness XD

    Posted 8.15.11 Reply
  17. Candy wrote:

    I agree with Ashley – you are a lucky girl blogging from NYC!

    I just went there for the first time last month and loved it!

    Modern Cameo

    Posted 8.15.11 Reply
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  19. Monique wrote:

    Welcome to NYC!!! Isn’t the rooftop of the met great.
    Yes I do think my style is different in various cities. While traveling in S. America I go for a more Bohemian style. When I’m in NYC it’s all over the place primarily vintage.

    Posted 8.16.11 Reply
  20. Kimberlee wrote:

    YEY! Welcome to NYC :) We said similar things about New York!

    Posted 8.18.11 Reply
  21. I’ve dreamt of living in NYC my whole life so congrats on that! I know exactly what you mean by having to rein your style in when you are back home, although I very rarely do it and just deal with the weird looks and stares.

    I think I’d describe my style almost exactly how you did – I also love black, cardigans, girly girl, and casual chic.


    Posted 10.3.11 Reply