Something I’ve been thinking about recently is how your location effects your style. I know for some of you reading it may have no influence at all upon what you wear. Some people are in their own reality to the point that their location or others around them cannot influence them. But for the majority the world around plays an important role in shaping you as person, your beliefs, culture and general view on the world. Naturally, your style and what you wear will be impacted to some degree by this. But can your location actually limit your style?
I think that the limitations come in to play particularly for those living in smaller towns and villages. I have my own experiences of this. I know that my style would not have developed as fast or as much if I had not frequented a larger cosmopolitan city. If I had stayed in my home town then I think simply being there would have limited my style.
There are a number of reasons, the first is probably not ‘as’ relevant in a world where we are constantly connected to the internet. But simply a lack of inspiration. Although we have access to magazines that can inspire us, a rather large source of inspiration comes from those around us. “No idea’s original” springs to mind, we’re inspired by other stylish people. If you live in a place where only a small number of people care about looking good it can be hard to feel inspired.
Which brings me on to my next point and probably the biggest reason your location can limit your style. If you’re one of few people that actually care about looking good and make a conscious effort this will before long be noticed. If you live in a small town or village this you can end up sticking out. Sticking out can be a good thing, but it also makes you a target for jibes and comments which can influence your perception on style. Think about it, if you wear a new dress and your friends all take a disliking to it that’s going to have a negative impact on you. You may not bother wearing that piece again or shy away from similar styles in the future. The closer the peer group, the more influence their opinion will have on you. But if you get enough negative feedback it will be enough to put you off altogether. That same dress worn in a different place may have got the complete opposite response.
The reasons behind why this happen are plentiful, it could be jealously, but that can happen anywhere. If you’re looking at relating it to your location, then particularly in smaller towns, it’s simply about sticking out too much. It could also be down to good style relating to wealth and the classes. It’s almost ironic, people seek exclusivity but then hate what’s different.
You also have to look at another, lesser reason. If I lived in a place like London, not only would I see ten times the amount of stylish people during day than I would now. But I’d also have access to at least ten times more places to actually buy my clothes from. That’s countless more styles and brands that I’m potentially missing out on. My new favourite brand could be out there and I don’t even know it exists, simple because I don’t have the access to it. Yeah, I hear those talking about online shopping but nothing beats actually trying something on and it’s easier to wander into a store from the high street than stumble across it on the net.
I think your location can limit your style if you let it. You have to be a confident and head strong person to not be effected by potential small town mentality and genuinely not give a… about what other people think. But for a lot of people that’s not always an easy thing to do.
I’d love to hear your thoughts
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