In her latest post, Penelope Trunk wrote something that kind of stuck in my craw:
“You know the pictures of Midwesterners in NYC? I spent ten years learning how to spot a Midwesterner in NYC but really, it only takes ten minutes. Because people in the Midwest have no style. It’s plain top, plain pants, plain shoes. You can rarely peg the decade their outfit comes from because it is tied to no particular style. I have made fun of this for years. And now I’m pretty sure it’s what I look like.”
Now, as a girl who’s spent most of her life in the Midwest, I can tell you first hand it’s not the style mecca of the world. But plain top, pants and shoes? That really doesn’t accurately describe us.
After moving to Charleston, I did have to change my wardrobe. I had a different career, climate and region to dress for. Compared to Detroit, Charleston is more dressy, more feminine and lighter.
But have I gone from plain t-shirts to patterns? Not exactly. I still have plain t-shirts. Dark jeans. Black patent shoes (that I can assure you, are anything but plain.)
What does the rest of the world think? Are Midwesterners … plain?