Purple Pants in Kansas

La mode: Right as this post publishes, I’ll be starting my first day at my new job. So I guess this outfit is my official “last day of summer” look (although I know that technically, it’s still summer).

Blouse: Banana Republic Factory Store; jeans: thrifted Forever 21; earrings: Kohl's; belt: Loft; flats: Gap

Shockingly, it cooled off around here a little and I was able to wear pants. My legs didn’t quite know what to do with themselves, but when I explained that they go in one at a time just like shorts, they seemed to manage. 

These purple jeans are another recently thrifted purchase. I almost walked away because they’re Forever 21, and I don’t usually buy brands like that second hand. But I couldn’t deny how much fun purple jeans are, so I threw caution to the wind and bought them.

Où? [Where?]: This week’s Friend Friday questions are about location, and how it may influence the way we dress. Thanks for the great questions, Katy!

1. What part of the world do you blog from?

I live in (and therefore blog from) a suburb on the Kansas side of Kansas City. However, I work in Missouri so I’m very close to the border between the states.

2. If you had to describe the overall mode of dress for where you live
what would you say?

Where I live, I would say that overall people dress fairly casually. Jeans are pretty standard, and even in several schools where I subbed teachers wore jeans on a daily basis. Yet while I would classify my neighborhood as a working class, “starter home” type of neighborhood, there are many areas nearby that are quite affluent. This is certainly reflected in the way many people dress: I see Coach bags, designer jeans, and other brand names worn as status symbols.

3. Do you fit in with the status quo around you or do you break the
While I can’t deny that my surrounding area influences me, I feel like I do break the mold from time to time. For example, I think wearing jeans is something that I’ve grown very comfortable with because I’m surrounded by so many other people who wear jeans. However, I like to experiment with my wardrobe and take risks even if it means I’ll look different from everyone else.

4. If you have lived or traveled to another part of the country/world
did your clothing choices evolve?

I’ve only lived far from where I do now for very short periods of time. I lived in Paris for a month when I was in college, but my clothing choices were influenced mainly by luggage regulations. However, if I did live somewhere else for a significant amount of time, I have no doubt that the city would influence my clothing choices. Even my short stay in Paris led me to purchase things that maybe I wouldn’t have in Kansas.

5. If you had to describe your style by naming a specific city, what
would you be?

I was thinking about that question all day yesterday, and I still don’t have an answer. My style varies from day to day, so I would probably be all over the map. 

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