Let me say this first of all...style, as well as beauty, is a quality that is relative and subjective. I am not going to argue the point that some of you think I was making...and perhaps I miscommunicated...but I was expressing an opinion...one persons opinion. I dont think its healthy nor reasonable to have a discussion board on something as subjective as style, where a variety of opinions is not allowed...that would be repressive, and I didnt think that was what we were about here.
Having said that...I feel the need to clarify...I said earlier that I lost motivation to be creative. I did NOT say stylish...where I lived in the midwest there simply were not the shopping options to maintain my creative style, and I certainly didnt have time to hunt. Also, the conservative attitudes were such that if I wished to maintain my professional appearance I would have to accept a conservative-style, not creative-style. What I was trying to say was simply that, in my observation, people who were creative in their dress were not regarded as creative so much as "quirky" or "odd". Each region generally has its own flavor. The flavor where I was living in the midwest was vanilla. period. I lived in a city in Ohio. And as you will see in other early postings in this thread from other people in cities in the Buckeye state, the mainstream there has an overwhelming influence, and that influence is conservative -- and as a result the market is conservative and so are the retailers who buy for that region. I learned this directly from the retailers. So, if you happen to work, or socialize in certain circles there, you will be affected. Its not about having "nads" to do your own thing, as someone put it...thats not always going to be a winning strategy in the working world, in a conservative city.
I know first hand, from living in other cities, ones which are more open than the one where I lived in the midwest, that I can, as a professional still dress creatively, without having to sacrifice my professional reputation. That's my main issue and challenge.
I did travel quite a bit in the mid-west, enough to form some initial impressions, but I will say I'm not qualified to speak about style in other midwestern cities, and I should have stated in my post which offended some of you that I was referring only to the area of the midwest that I knew best. I am not apologizing for my opinion on that. I just know that when I first moved to another city, upon seeing the professional women, my first thought was -- you are actually wearing that to work?? and -- you actually CAN wear that to work?? These were not suggestive or revealing clothes either just to be clear. I hope this makes sense.
By the way, I also never said that the style headquarters is New York or LA...and I never implied it either. I just think we should all just let our defenses relax -- just a little -- it's only fashion afterall -- its not anything so critical as a disaster, world hunger, or war.