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The Country Mouse

Whenever I go to a larger city like New York or DC, someone inevitably asks the question, "where are you from?" Since from is a problematic term for someone who hasn't lived anywhere for more than three years in a row, I always answer carefully that, "I live in Pennsylvania right now." A few months ago I could give the even more exotic answer that I was dwelling in an old farmhouse so rural that Amish buggies often drove past my front door. Strangely people's reaction is usually one of surprise and occasionally they voice their astonishment with the words, "oh but by the way you dress I would have thought you lived in a city." I'm always struck by how antiquated that way of thinking is. While greater distances between destinations and a lack of sidewalks might prevent someone from wearing stilettos all the time, there isn't really any reason to assume that city-dwellers are more stylish than those who chose a life closer to nature. With the dawn of the Internet age anyone can access the Paris couture shows a few hours after the models strut down the runways--and with online shopping most clothing whether designer or indie or even mainstream can be accessed from nearly any corner of the world. Cities do offer the constant stimulation of so many people with unique styles and their manifold presence might be motivation to walk out of your door looking semi-decent even at the earliest hour, but with street fashion blogs we have access to some of the most inspiring strangers and some of us only need ourselves as motivation to get dressed up in the morning. I love living closer to a desolate river shore than a crowded subway station and I hope no one falls into a line of thought that prevents them from experimenting with their style just because they don't live in a big city.

Outfit details:
BC Footwear oxfords

16 comments:

Kitsune-kun said...

ha! I love the chess with rocks! funny you should post this subject too- my most recent post was just basically whining about not wanting to live in a big city anymore, but I don't really have a choice right now. I get so excited to get out in the middle of nowhere, and I was just thinking to myself: with the internet and international deliveries available anywhere, I have zero reason to live in an overly urban environment that sucks all the energy out of me. I've lived a lifelong pattern of moving every three years too, and when people ask me where I'm from, New York is probably the last thing I'd say. ha, in college when people asked that question all the time I was at a complete loss

p.s. thatskirtthatskirtthatskirt

Rebecca said...

interesting post (and great outfit of course). I definitely agree, nowadays with technology and even with the increased number of shops you definitely don't have to live in a city to experiment with fashion and cultivate your own look. and you do get great nature photos living in the country!
xx
Rebecca @ trbcca.blogspot.com

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

I think it's definitely true that anyone can be fashionable in the country, I know that I often tend to downgrade a bit when in a rural area. Partly because everyone seems to be more casual, and partly because the weather (particularly when it's nasty) has so much more of an impact. Still, of course you should live and dress where and how you like!

Marie @ Lemondrop Vintage said...

Those of us in small town Texas really appreciate that we are not limited by small towns anymore! I can't imagine what it was like to shop here 50 years ago. Or even 25!

Marie @
Lemondrop ViNtAge

I am having a fabulous holiday giveaway right here.

Christina Marie said...

So true! Although even with that said, I can't wait to move to the city. haha.

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www.naturally-christina.blogspot.com

Bivisyani Questibrilia said...

You don't know how much I love this post!
Exhibit A. Your wearing one of my favourite skirts of yours (which I envy!)
Exhibit B. You break people stereotypical thinking (which is so true!)
Exhibit C. You're playing checkers! (one of my favourite board games!)

Please say you'll be my friend :>

Camomille said...

so cute pics :)

Emily P. said...

That's funny people ask you that, because people always ask me if I'm from either a big city or from the north (I'm not). It's a really interesting point you've made.

Kristian said...

Hmm, it's an interesting point and one I've thought about. I live in a rather sparsely populated area (well, Wyoming. Its all sparsely populated), and find that people don't dress up very often. As you said, with the web it is totally possible to dress in clothes of any style, but it is also true that people don't. People will ask me where I get clothing and look at me strangely when I mention websites.

Part of it I think is just convience of habit (many people aren't as used to shopping for clothes online), but part of it is also the culture. Around here there is a very definite feeling that People In WY/MT are Tough. Tougher than City People. Tough People Dress in Jeans. To be fair, many are cowboys, ranchers and farmers and work requires a certain durableness etc. But People definitely equate city and dress just as you described here. Insteresting.

Shauna said...

I would say it's usually practical to dress more casually when in the country but of course just because you grow up in the country doesn't mean you have to be limited fashion-wise. I grew up on a farm with minimal interest in fashion but my interest in clothes didn't stem from a move to the city either. Its funny how people can stereotype everything, even personal style.
I am always curious how you manage to tramp around the wilderness in giant heels though!

Elizabeth, Delightfully Tacky said...

I (obviously) agree 100% with this. :)

Kayla said...

So very true! A person's style is what it is, no matter where they live. While I think that living in a city would afford more freedom to dress how I wish, there is no reason that living in a town of a few thousand should dictate what I can and cannot wear. I think that finding inspiration online is just as, if not more, inspiring, because we can draw inspiration from all over the world. That's one of the best things about the internets! Your posts are always so well written! Thanks for sharing!

Rebecca, The Clothes Horse said...

@Kristian, I agree people don't always dress up in the country, but they also don't in the city. We see some well-dressed people when we go to the city and we ignore that there are still people running to the corner store in their sweatpants or individuals riding the subway dressed like a cowboy. There's just so many more people in the city, that we tend to get a general feeling of style that is deceptive. And many older genrations don't shop online, but even in rural areas there are thrift and vintage shops with amazing finds and I know people who live on working farms who dress amazingly well from local sources. Again, there's less people in the country so overall less people dressed up than a city, but I think ultimately it's a matter of individual than location...

Palazzo Trousers said...

I like chess so much. You are obviously right that anyone can be fashionable in the world.

daria said...

one thing I love about the city is that people stare/question your style choices less. in my hometown, I always feel under scrutiny, while in the city it's "safe" to go a bit over the top every now and then.

Rebecca, The Clothes Horse said...

daria, I do agree with that.