The Big Apple's fashion trends (or what I won't start to see for a few more years in my neck of the woods):
- very, very, very short anything--dresses, skirts, shorts. Uncomfortably short on a breezy day.
- scarves around the neck every which way. I actually really loved seeing scarves everywhere--so feminine. That was one of the accessories I jumped on because you can make anything fancy with a scarf.
- unique and extreme necklaces worn with simple, basic articles of clothing. I was so happy when right off the train I got two compliments about my necklace. It actually fit in in NYC.
- extremely tight pants or jeans, including for guys, tapered down the leg
- women are still wearing round-toed flats
- in Brooklyn, the new trendy home of the avante garde artist, (Amy actually lives there), they are living up the "ugly" trend, I like to call it. It is simply mismatched, hand me down, 80's clothing. It also includes extremely disheveled hair. I liked leaving Brooklyn going into Manhattan because there were more stylish people there, in my opinion.
I had little luck with clothes shopping since their size Large is more like our size Small here; the average New Yorker size is not the average Pennsylvanian size. So I stuck to a few accessories-- two scarves, two necklaces, and a pair of much needed shoes.
I've made a vow after that trip to be more feminine. Dress more beautifully, even if it means being more creative with what I already have. When I'm in New York I notice people make more of an effort in how they dress and how it makes them feel. I think moderate clothing consciousness can actually help against the casual infiltration of our society in general.
This will take some work on my part since grabbing a T-shirt to wear with sweats is easy and mindless. I would like to contribute something beautiful to the world around me, even if it is simply in my home. I can't imagine by the time my girls are teenagers there being any less casualty in dress.
Besides, it sure feels better.
the sleepy time gal