Fashion Police Poll: Does where you live influence what you wear?

Fashion Fashion Police towers is located in a place I like to think of as The Land That Fashion Forgot. So far behind are we in terms of style, that skinny jeans haven’t even arrived here, never mind starting to die off. As you can imagine, this makes indulging my passion for fashion difficult: well, when you live in the kind of place where "jeans and a nice top" is considered "dressy", even wearing a dress can get you pointed and laughed at in the street – and it doesn’t even have to be a particularly fashionable dress, either.

ecause of this sad state of affairs, I experiment a lot less than I’d really like to. I have two closets stuffed full of clothes I hardly ever wear because they’re just too "weird" for the place I live, but despite this, I am almost always overdressed, and the suject of pitying looks from acquiantances who think I must be very vain and shallow, just because I’m wearing a dress rather than the aforementioned jeans-and-nice-top uniform. (Note: I am vain and shallow, but not because of my dresses…)

I’m dreaming of the time I can move to the city, where I’ll be able to dress the way I want, without fear of being burnt as a witch. In the meantime, I’m interested to know: does where you live affect the way you dress?

31 Comments

  • June 9, 2008

    Tracy

    i live in Vancouver…it’s all about yoga wear here! and i’m not sure who is actually doing yoga…it’s rather depressing!

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  • June 9, 2008

    Veronika

    I live in Prague, the capitol of the Czech Republic and being fashionable and experimenting gets me all kinda looks but that doesnt stop me, nope! I over dress all the time,like today for example I went to the Doc’s for a checkup (mmmm MacDreamy type doc btw) and was wearing a purple satin dress and lovely black shiny ZARA heels. with a darling clutch bag. the only thing I acompanied well was the billboards for the SATC movie that are at every bus stop etc.

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  • June 9, 2008

    JJ

    Well, I live in Rio de Janeiro, so the 40° heat does play a major in what we wear. This is particular sad to me because I’m not into that “beach culture” we have down here… Anything more than a cotton dress and flip-flops and you’re certainly overdressed!

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  • June 9, 2008

    Theresa

    I used to live in the caribbean… summer 24-7-365.
    Now i live in eastern europe… a whole different kettle of fish!

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  • June 9, 2008

    miaomiao

    most people dress similarly here in singapore, whether it looks nice or not, or if its the current trend. guess that’s the most disappointing fact about fashion anywhere on the planet…

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  • June 9, 2008

    KKD

    I live in a small real small town in Pennsylvania, but I go to college in the city. I basically have two entirely different wardrobes for when I’m at home or at school.

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  • June 9, 2008

    chrissie

    As I live in DC, and our ‘look’ is a suit with sneakers. It’s awful. That never stops me from wearing heels, though!
    I never wear dresses at college, though. People always make comments like, ‘oh, where are you going tonight?’.

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  • June 9, 2008

    Aparna

    I live in Trivandrum, India, where people stare horribly at a girl wearing jeans, or a sleeveless top, or anything shorter than mid-calf, as if she were an alien. Which is absurd, realy, when you think about the hot-hot-hot climate.

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  • June 9, 2008

    Sara Halliday

    I live in Wales, and everyone not wearing some sort of raincoat is looked at as insane..
    Even when it isn’t raining 😛
    I wish I lived in a city too =[

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  • June 9, 2008

    Danielle

    I live in Orange County, where everyone here is usually some kind of blonde robot with floatation devices and flip flops.

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  • June 9, 2008

    agape

    I used to live in Greece. Right now I live in Stockholm, Sweden, and I really miss how people dressed in Greece! Maybe it wasn’t more fashionable, but the clothes were funnier to wear, with lots of sequins and high heels and big jewellry and stuff like that… Here fashion can be a bit boring, feels like everybody’s wearing the same… Probably cos they all buy their clothes at H&M.

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  • June 9, 2008

    alicen

    I live in Las Vegas, where it is super hot and wearing next to nothing is almost a requirement.

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  • June 9, 2008

    Steph

    I live in Cornwall and dressing in anything other than a pastel-coloured vest-top, skinnies and Ugg boots makes you seem laughably overdressed. I have lost count how many times I have been stared at, but I refuse to wear the standard uniform.

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  • June 9, 2008

    Gemma

    I live in Glasgow which has great clothes shopping and plenty of art students meaning you can get away with pretty much anything. I still manage to be overdressed most of the time though 🙂

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  • June 9, 2008

    Megan

    I used to live in a St.Pete, FL where everyone wore a standard skank uniform, which I usually wore too because it was to hot to wear anything else. People also dressed nice there too, but usually it was minimal clothing. I now live in a small town in NC and my entire wardrobe from FL had to be practically discarded because of all the comments. FL was way ahead of the fashion game compared to here. I tend to overdress here still though. Oh well. I refuse to give up my heels even though I have to hike all over my campus.

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  • June 9, 2008

    Kerry

    I live in Auckland, New Zealand and work in the city. It’s all suits and black clothes in the CBD, but luckily for me, the rest of the city is really diverse and anything goes.
    However, I have noticed that the ‘boots-over-skinny-jeans’ look is dominating…

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  • June 9, 2008

    edith

    I live in Central London and I dress differently when I go to the West End (casually trendy) and when I go to the Kings Road/Chelsea/Knightsbridge area (dressy, expensive)

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  • June 9, 2008

    peachfish

    I’m in Austin, TX. It’s HOT (97 deg F/36 deg C today and summer has only just begun) which makes a big impact but we’re also a pretty laid-back culture here. Dressed up means you’re atually wearing a bra with your tank top and shorts. By those standards, I’m always overdressed. I’m only sort of kidding.

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  • June 10, 2008

    Sophia

    Where you live DEFINITELY plays a role in how a person dresses. I love in the west coast, and a lot of people wear Vans and sneaks and Ts. very laid back

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  • June 10, 2008

    Em

    Of course it does! I live in the Southern US, and we can’t exactly wear jeans in the summer. It’s entirely too hot. So, you’ll see a lot of people in cotton and linen, loose pants, sleeveless tops, sundresses, etc. And we do love color. Not much black and brown to be seen around here. Pastels and prints are always popular.

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  • June 10, 2008

    Cassie

    I live in Denver, Colorado and here anything goes. We get every season so I have a ton of clothes in my wardrobe and I get to change it up all the time. There are so many different types of people living here that I can switch up my style everyday- one day chucks with jeans and t-shirt; next day business suit for a job interview and no one will bat an eye. For the most part it’s casual but no one will look strangely at you if you wear a dress. I love them for summer and rock them all the time.

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  • June 10, 2008

    Morgan

    I live in Wellington, New Zealand, and it’s definitely the reason that 90% of my wardrobe is black.
    The large number of public sector workers in the inner city also means that I can get away with dressier clothes than jeans and a jersey without getting strange looks.

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  • June 10, 2008

    Diana

    I live in Guayaquil, Ecuador and we have hot tropical climate. But I LOVE jackets, sweaters, cardigans, trench coats and so on. Most of the time I can´t wear those, so I just stick to skinnies, a top and some sandals or flats. Besides, it´s all you can find here because we don´t have fashion industry like you…and it´s boring..

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  • June 10, 2008

    Ashlyn

    I live in Croatia and what I’ve noticed is: everyone dresses the same, which basically means, everyone follows trends. For example, when leggings were in, everyone wore them, and I do mean EVERYONE. Unfortunately, we don’t have a lot of choice, since the stores mostly sell “trendy” clothes. Ugh. But it’s getting better.
    As for me, I’m usually overdressed. When I go out, I don’t stand out that much because people here usually dress up when they go out. But that’s not enough for me, so I have to dress up for school as well 🙂

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  • June 10, 2008

    anna

    i live in vancouver….basically its expensive yoga wear and designer jeans…..wearing a dress would be considered out of place but the thing i hate the most is that everyone dresses the same :@

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  • June 11, 2008

    Lola

    Oh yeah! I live in Santiago, Chile, and girls my age (24) don’t use heels, we move around in sneakers ALL the time. I’d like to use heels sometimes, but I actually don’t know how to use them!! LOL Just need some practice I guess.

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  • June 11, 2008

    Tanya

    I live in Israel and you can imagine how hot it is here for 8 months straight (and not a drop of rain). Layering is out of the question unless you go to an airconditioned mall. I live in a very small place and when I go out I’m almost always overdressed. Local uniform is capri pants and tank-tops, flip-flops or the chunky platform “crap-squishers” (pardon my french). I love heels and skirts and nice shirts and I try very hard not to look like a sweaty slob!

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  • June 11, 2008

    Raluca

    I live in Bucharest, Romania. It does not influence me in any way, whatsoever, because I don’t like to get into those crazy trends when everybody is wearing the same thing/ colours etc. Some people tend to be very conservative in their manner of dressing here, while others, especially when it is hot, like now, show way too much skin (which I really don’t like). I just wear nice, colourful clothes which are suitable for me and for the places I am going to and I don’t mind any weird looks if I wear something out of the ordinary. And I love to shop everytime I am abroad, especially in London.

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  • August 6, 2008

    camille

    Vancouver B.C., what can i say, “TNA, lululemon whores”…hmm Some american appareal, the tacky 80’s style is in [ which i’m not loving]. But there is a lot of diversity, from the fuglies to the classies and you can almost get away with anything [depends where you’re headed though].

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  • August 6, 2008

    camille

    Vancouver B.C., what can i say, “TNA, lululemon whores”…hmm Some american appareal, the tacky 80’s style is in [ which i’m not loving]. But there is a lot of diversity, from the fuglies to the classies and you can almost get away with anything [depends where you’re headed though].

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  • February 24, 2010

    Lauren

    I live in Nova Scotia, Canada… LOTS of rain, and overcast weather. So layering is always in.
    Otherwise, we have some diversity: there’s a good mix of all sorts of styles. I find, too, that while I’ll always see trends on some people around the city, it never becomes the ‘norm’.

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