Sunday, September 23, 2012

Out-of-Town Style Identity

I leave for New York City in a few hours for a week of work training. Vacations and work trips are always exciting for me. I get that restless excitement I used to feel the night before a trip to Disneyland. That first-day-of-school feeling of being an adult in a new city. I  bought a bunch of new clothes, packed with the tags on and neatly arranged into outfits. Getting out of town is the best test run for reinventing myself and I always discover things about my personal style on the journey. As far as everybody in New York is aware, I just wear impeccably styled Anthropologie dresses all the time. They don't need to know that I'm Talented Mr. Ripley-ing a few things. 

The "Bird Dress" I bought from Anthro and have been waiting to wear in NY.

Let's get one thing straight: I am a total slave to fads. I admit it. I embrace it. I have my "airplane" outfit planned out and it consists of fresh nail art, grey harem pants, an obey shirt and moccasins if that gives you any insight. Sometimes the fads are more universal (i.e. skinny jeans) or weird personal ones (one year I wore almost exclusively knee high striped American Apparel athletic socks and black blazers, another year I lived in white "wife-beater" tank tops and black bras). Whether it's a universal or personal fad, I usually dive in head first and those can be expensive lessons that can end up leaving me with a crazy surplus of clothing I will just never wear. I don't just buy a couple pairs of striped socks, I will buy ALL of the striped socks- Ron Swanson style.

This was me in my blazers, striped socks and straight hair phase.
It was on a trip to Atlanta that I discovered that bell-bottom jeans, not for me. It was on a trip to Palm Springs that I rekindled my love for surf-brands. My first summer living away from home at college, I decided to only wear obnoxious lipstick colors.  The freedom of being in a new place with enough friendly faces to feel comfortable but enough distance to truly not worry about how other people
perceive you is really quite exhilarating.

 Taking some nail art for a test-drive.
  I'm just finishing up my final things around the house before leaving. My duffle, filled with new outfits (tags attached) is waiting for me at the door and I am ready. Let's do this NYC.

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