I live in a small town, not super small, but around twelve thousand population. I grew up here, went away to college, worked in advertising in a big Texas city and then had my child and returned to my little hometown. Besides losing the conveniences of a city (as in having access to resources, ie stores whether it be for groceries, home wares or fashion) I also lost something else: having a place to dress up and go to.
I'm not talking anything fancy, but honestly my little hometown is so very casual, so so so casual. And it's sad for me 'cause I want to clean myself up and get cute and go out, whether it be for coffee (but we don't have a coffee shop unless you want to have coffee at DQ), dinner (where me and my clothes will walk out smelling like tostada chips) or even a drink (very limited bar scene, at least one where you feel somewhat safe), but when I do put together a stylish ensemble, it's so glaringly obvious that we (my friend and I) are the oddballs out. We get questioned where we're from and then receive shocked expressions when we reveal we are indeed from that very small town.
And I'm not really pushing the fashion limits or wearing anything daring, but I wish I could, though not anyone would get it or appreciate it. Most of the time, I turn down the style quotient on my outfit, so I'm not too over the top, or what would be considered that here. I know I should just dress how I want to dress and not care what others think, but still, I'm reluctant to do so. It's gotten to the point where I question why I even shop for clothes, since I don't go out all that often, partly due to being a mother to a four year old, but mostly because what I have in my closet is plenty enough for my hometown outings.
Point is, I'm incredibly envious of the ladies above. They get to rock the cute outfits almost daily and have a place to wear them.
However, on the days where I'm completely casual, this is the place to be.
What do yall think? Does it matter to you if you're the most dressed up/stylish person in the room?