Friday, August 5, 2011

FBFF - My view of style in Wichita

Today is Fashion/Beauty Friend  Friday sponsored by Modly Chic. This is my first time to participate. I have really enjoyed reading the posts of other FBFF bloggers and thought I would dip my toe in the water this week.  The topic this week is whether location influences style. I think it absolutely influences style. If you live in one of the large metropolitan areas of the US, you have easy access to some of the best fashion and retail resources in the US. While the internet does allow those of us in smaller cities to have some access to the better retail stores, we cannot easily touch or try on the clothing, jewelry or shoes, and shipping can get prohibitively expensive. Climate has a big influence on style as well. If you live in a flat, prairie area like Kansas where the winds are always blowing, wearing skirts and dresses is not as practical as a pair of pants where you don’t have to worry about someone seeing your undergarments if the wind makes a sail of your skirt. (We often call very windy days “clean underwear alert” days.)  We get a lot of very extreme weather -- really hot and really cold.

  1. What part of the world do you blog from?  Wichita, Kansas, the middle of nowhere and the middle of everywhere in the lower 48. There are actually people who think we have cows in our yards here, probably bison too. 
  2. If you had to describe the overall mode of dress for where you live what would you say? I would say that it is very, very casual. Very few people male or female dress up. Most of the time everyone is in jeans and tees or sweats.
  3. Do you fit in with the status quo around you or do you break the mold? I think I break the mold since I often wear bright colors and lots of jewelry.  
  4. If you have lived or traveled to another part of the country/world did your clothing choices evolve? I have lived here for most all of my life, so my style is pretty much gleaned from my own takes on styles I see in magazines or on TV.
  5. If you had to describe your style by naming a specific city, what would you be? I guess it really would be Wichita—there’s no place like home.
My outfit for today is probably similar to what a lot of women wear in Wichita, minus the jacket. I don't usually like tops like I am wearing today, but this one has ruffles on the top front of the tank. The ruffles add a bit of interest where I have none (bilateral mastectomy.) Also, I like the colors--corals and greens.

Jacket: Tanjay Dillards
Top: : Dressbarn
Top: Dressbarn
Shoes: Airwalk, Payless

Necklace: Chico's

I just had to add these photos of me and Harry. He is so silly. When he hears the velcro open on the camera case, he is ready to go.


  1. Harry is so funny! What a good boy.

    Olive and coral is one of my favorite combinations, and your necklace pulls them together nicely.

  2. I love coral and green together, too. And I want an adorable dog! I think that's just what my outfit photos are missing.

  3. OK I am so mad! I just typed a full paragraph and I accidentally deleted it!! BOOOOOOOOOOOO!! lol I agree with you 100% that location influences fashion!! I grew up on an Indian Reservation and you would never see a girl walking around in Prada and Gucci like you would in New York City. It would just look silly in the middle of the desert! lol Prepare yourself for something dreadful!! We actually do have houses that have cows in the front yard back home!! hahaha HILARIOUS! I love your ruffle top. It is so girly and cute. Pairing it with that Army green jacket (my fave shade of green) and those camouflage shoes just take it to another place. A sort of sweet girl meets rebel without a cause girl!! LOVES IT DARLING!! Bilateral Mastectomy!! I don't quite understand this drastic choice but I do think it is very very brave!! Thank you for your sweet comment! Kiah

  4. LOL at "clean underwear day". I never thought about the wind as a fashion factor, but there you have it! Love your ruffled top and lizard necklace. And of course, the lover-boy Harry : >

  5. Harry likes to get role, lol.
    I laughed a lot with your appreciation of a windy day .... I never had this happen. Love your top flyers, so feminine ...

  6. I think Wichita-style has a touch of Texas.

    My Mom lives near KC and she's got a mini-wardrobe she wears when she visits friends in Wichita. It's more colorful and the jewelry a bit bling-ier. It's not a place for a wardrobe full of season less neutrals.