When I first visited Seattle I was living with my parents in the Midwest, coming off a stint of excessive moving that entailed setting up roots in 3 states over the course of 2 years. At the insistence of a friend I came to check out the city. "You'll love it, she said. It is the perfect combination of thriving urban setting surrounded by natural beauty. Everything about Seattle is just your style".
I vividly remember my flight out, it was also Labor Day weekend and I innocently brought along a new to me Tom Robbins book that I had checked out of the library without realizing the coincidence. I sat next to one of perhaps the nicest women I have ever met. We talked for two of the four hour flight, and embraced when we parted ways at baggage claim. Mind you, this was all before I had stepped out the doors of the airport. Was this all a sign?
If you are like me, you take note of these things. The ease with which you fall into sync with a person or place. I fell in love with Seattle that weekend. There was a coolness to the city, an open and relaxed vibe, with a strong artistic and cultural pulse, yet it was surrounded by natural beauty. I was smitten.
At the time, Seattleites were not known for their fashion sense. It was considered a place where a parka was appropriate for any affair, and denim was the common denominator for every outfit, but this suited me just fine (no pun intended). I loved the relaxed freedom to dress however, whenever. This is a philosophy I embrace to this day, especially when it comes to rotating my staples (think jumpsuits, DENIM, clogs and especially this fall: culottes!) and putting my personal spin on them.
At the end of my trip, I feverishly started planning my return, this time of a more permanent nature. My wheels turned thinking about a cross country move, logistics, a new job, a new home..but then, surprisingly, a sense of relief washed over. I had finally found it - a place that was the perfect style for me.
I'd love to know, how does area where you live influence your personal style? Take a peek at how others across the country have embraced their state style, then share your own by tagging #50styles50states, #OldNavyStyle.
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