I've Lived in NYC and the Midwest—These Are the Biggest Style Differences
To say that living in New York changed my approach to style would be an understatement. I spent five life-changing years living in the city, and my wardrobe essentially underwent a makeover within the first two. While I've harbored a love of fashion and clothes since my elementary school days, my chosen line of work and New York's open-minded spirit fundamentally changed the way I think about personal style.
Now that I'm back in my native Michigan, I've noticed a number of sartorial differences between the Midwest and New York City. First and foremost, the fundamental principles that govern style in the two locales are worlds apart. New york fashion is about artistry and self-expression, while the Midwest champions comfort and practicality.
Of course, these are merely personal observations. Fortunately, there will always be someone or something that defies categorization and stereotypes. What's more, social media has fundamentally changed the way fashion and trends are disseminated to the public. While new styles used to slowly trickle down from industry tastemakers in New York, Paris, and Milan, Instagram can now serve as a direct window into the fashion world no matter where you live.
Advances aside, the regions still offer two vastly different takes on personal style. Below, read up on the sartorial differences I've noticed since moving back to the Detroit area.
Style Differences: Footwear
Generally speaking, the Midwest is much more casual than New York City. This sentiment applies to workwear, weekend ensembles, and of course, shoes. I find myself wearing more sneakers and flat sandals than I ever did while living in New York. That's not to say I didn't wear my Vans and Chuck Taylors in the city—comfortable footwear is essential. But in my opinion, wearing anything but flats or sneakers in a casual setting in the Midwest can feel a bit unnecessarily dressy. My patent-leather ankle boots and heeled mules have taken a bit of a back seat.
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