Traveling with Different Fashion Trends

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Please welcome my guest post writerAmanda Green, who tells us her story about living in different parts of the United States and how fashion and style changed as she moved from place to place.


It is interesting how fashion and style change depending upon where you live. Since I was a child I have had the opportunity to live on both coasts, and seemingly everywhere in-between. I remember after arriving at each new destination it required some time adjusting to the local trends. Nevertheless, with some time and creativity I began to enjoy the different fashion opportunities each climate offered. Dresses and skits on the west coast, sweaters and scarves on the east coast, and jeans in between.


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Seal Beach, California was the first place our family moved to and my fashion adventure began. California was warm most of the time so the fashion trends accommodated the great weather. Jean shorts, flip-flops, and tank tops. Personally, I wear a variety of styles regardless of the season. I don’t confine myself to traditional women’s clothes either. Polo shirts were among the clothing staples on the sunny coast of Seal Beach and they look just as good on women as they do on men. The same is NOT true of the lightweight sundresses and strap-on sandals that were one of my favorite outfits to wear while in sunny California. Everywhere you went there were people roller blading, lifting weights on the beach and enjoying nice walks with their dogs or metal detectors at sunset.


Little did I know my next living destination would have a completely different climate change in Traverse City, Michigan. This was yet another city on the coast, however it had a completely different weather pattern and a different body of water.

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My wardrobe had to start from scratch to adapt to a completely different climate and fashion trends. Michigan had six-month winters, consequently I acquired a variety of coats in my closet during the short time we lived there. I had a coat for when I dressed up as well as for everyday trips to the grocery store or outdoor activities. Because the winters were so severe, I purchased a coat that could keep me warm in the harsh winters but still be as “cool” as my budget would allow. In the summer and spring months, shorts were mostly out of the question, so my California wardrobe remained largely unused in favor of jeans and light jackets.

In addition to coats, I had to rebuild my day-to-day wardrobe and stock up on jeans, khaki’s and long underwear to keep me warm all winter. I then had to accompany these pants with additional long sleeved tops like button-up blouses, cotton t-shirts, and polos. Stylish sweaters made from wool were always a nice added layer to pull over the top for extra warmth. These sweaters were very fashionable at the time, but as trends changed, they seemed to favor thinner sweaters that didn’t keep me nearly as warm.

To finish off my newfound wardrobe of pants and long sleeved tops, my friend introduced me to a great winter accessory – scarves! Winter scarves of all types are a fun way of making my outfit unique every day of the week. With great new scarves I turned an old pair of jeans and a basic long sleeve shirt into a work of art that I was proud to show off to my friends.

After enduring the cold winters of Michigan we moved to my favorite place to both live and dress; Hawaii. Because of the geographic location and the culture, Hawaii’s fashion trends were entirely different.


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In most places of the country a suit and tie is the attire for churchgoers, but in Hawaii men wore flower printed shirts and dress pants. Additionally, people did not wear tennis shoes or closed toe shoes. The main shoes we wore in Hawaii were either sandaled dress shoes or flip-flops. For the most part the fashion trends were extremely casual and laid back. Every age group mostly wore a basic t-shirt, shorts and flip-flops. It was not unusual to see women walking around everywhere in their bathing suit, sometimes sporting a towel for modesty.

One of the greatest parts of moving so much as a child was learning to adapt my wardrobe to the client, and current regional trends. This not only sets you up for a fashion-forward and functional style as an adult, it also gives you inspiration to draw from when creating that perfect ensemble.

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10 Responses to Traveling with Different Fashion Trends

  1. No fear of fashion May 6, 2013 at 11:11 pm #

    Interesting and expensive.. LOL I mean if you have to rebuild your wardrobe time after time, that means serious money. I would have liked to see some more photos.
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    • Heather Fonseca May 7, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

      Thanks Greetje. I have friends who have moved from one place to another. It must get costly.

  2. Jenny Thomson May 7, 2013 at 1:19 am #

    I love your fashion adventure. Different place, different style.

    • Heather Fonseca May 7, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

      Thanks Jenny. I’m glad you liked the guest post.

  3. 33 May 7, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    It’s not just where you live, I’d also add what you do. My work is professional attire + casual Friday, that’s two different clothing, shoes, and accessories. I also run, hike, and mountaineer, that’s a whole lot of $$$ invested in clothing, footwear, and accessories. Thank god i don’t bike, rollerblade, rock climb (not yet), surf, fish, or boat. Every endeavor requires so much $$$ to buy the necessary (not luxury) items to facilitate.

    • Heather Fonseca May 7, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

      I totally agree! Just today I was looking at my running shoes and thinking I really need new ones, and maybe some better running gear too. The more fun things we do the more clothes we need to do them in!

  4. Paula May 8, 2013 at 8:00 am #

    Weather is such a factor in the way in which I dress. Being in New England that is sooo traditional, I’m always shocking people with the way that I dress. And unfortunately, I must conform a bit so I’m not the crazy lady. Yes, our surroundings truly effect the way we dress.

    Great post~
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    • Heather Fonseca May 8, 2013 at 4:47 pm #

      I think culture and weather have a lot to do with how we dress. I know I look like an LA girl, and I have to force myself to dress up sometimes because the dress code here is so casual! Personally I think you should dress however you like Paula. You have great style!

  5. DressCode:HighFashion
    May 9, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

    Hey dear,

    fab new design! Love it!

    The Hawaii style is my fave.

    Best, Jen
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    • Heather Fonseca May 13, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

      Thanks Jen! I’m working on the look of my site and there will probably be more changes, but I’m glad you like it so far!