Tuesday, June 12, 2007
This Week: In Fashion Back-Country...
One week left. One week and then we are leaving. Next Wednesday I will be in Stockholm again. Maybe not in the city of Stockholm, but in the suburb. Where else? I am a suburbanized woman, no matter where I am.
But, there will be many trips into the city, be sure of it!
The public transportation in Stockholm is great! So, there are zero problems getting down-town fast.
I am getting a tad bit worried and stressed. Why? Is it stress over what to pack? NO! Is it stress on what to do and whom to see while there? NO! I think I’ve got that part figured out. So, what is the stress-factor?
Well, let me tell you; when arriving in down-town Stockholm something just HITS you!!! THE PEOPLE!!! The way they dress, how trendy they are...
Here I am! Hello! I arrived! Feeling like the cousin visiting from the country. Stockholm just has got to be one of the trendiest cities on earth. What the heck do I do wearing my clothes? All bought in the States. All bought in the city of Washington, or I should say; all bought in its ‘burbs.
Picture from DN.se
DC is probably total back-country when it comes to fashion. Not exactly NYC or LA or Miami or even Chicago. No, it is pretty safe to say that fashion trends make an appearance late here. Some trends might not even reach DC...
But, they do reach Stockholm, and once they arrive they “take over” the entire town. It is safe to say that almost everybody you’ll meet in the city looks “right”. I am always floored the first days, taken aback...Nervously roaming the shelves at the nearest fashion chain, what can I buy??? No, maybe not like that, I am actually pretty secure in my own style, and I trust that my GAP, Banana Republic and Ann Taylor clothes will still go over well. At least I am trying to tell myself that. However, it is not so easy to tell yourself that when you are reading the Swedish papers and magazines. The other day I’d read a chat with a fashion editor in one of the biggest online papers in Sweden. That whole chat stressed me out...”Is it OK to wear wedge heals?” (answer: Still OK, but probably the very last summer you can wear wedge heals). “Are necklaces totally out the summer of 07?” ( answer: YES, do not wear!!!) and so on and so forth...STRESS!!
But, folks, it is an experience to sit at an outdoor cafe and just people-watch while in Stockholm!
Almost every man in Stockholm looks somewhat metro-sexual. Trendy clothes, cool hair-cuts and just so right. I think I notice the men more than the women. It just fascinates me how much they care about their appearance.
When I worked at Lord&Taylor here in DC all fashion visual merchandisers were men (and gay!). I was the sole woman at L&T in Tyson’s. I worked together with my boss, and another guy. It was so fun hearing those two guys sighing and complaining over how people in the DC area dressed; all politics, no fun, power-suits, sensible pumps, mommy-jeans, white socks and white sneakers.
Yes, I’ll sign to that.
But, in a way it is sort of nice to live in “fashion back-country”. There is no pressure; you can wear pretty much whatever you feel like. It is not as if people are going to glare at you when you’re out and about.
I am no fashion victim, but I do like to dress nicely (and somewhat fashionable) at all times. I feel bad if I look bad. I like fashion, and I like buying clothes. There are SOOOO many stores here, so much to pick from, different styles in all kinds of qualities. That is nice! But I miss not being able to see the latest trends in the stores here. It would have been nice...
Just have to wait until Stockholm, I guess.
All Pictures are of "regular" people in Stockholm taken in April and May 2007. I have borrowed them from the excellent American fashion blog The Sartorialist.