Did you know that Anchorage was recently voted the worst dressed city IN THE COUNTRY?
Sure, we tend to rock our carharts and xtra tuffs, and yes, my husband bemoans the amount of down filled jackets/vests/pullovers I have in my closet (I wonder if he knows that certain family members of mine occasionally wear down long underwear and booties?) but we also have access to any number of classic/trendy options at our local boutiques, consignment shops, the Anchorage Nordies, and a new-fangled thing called online shopping if we’re so inclined.
So what if we like to mix it up with athletic gear, local designers, or our latest find from Target? Isn’t that what style is all about? Taking the clothes that work for your life, mixing them up in ways that make you feel comfortable, happy, and able to take on whatever comes your way? Whether that whatever is a moose, a mountain, or a meeting, we’re focused on doing, not dressing.
Worst dressed? Debatable.
Wearing our clothes instead of being worn by them? Yes.
Overflowing with guys and gals who spend all day sweating in their softball jerseys / fish in chest waders / don spandex for a multi-mile bike adventure / insert out-doorsey-pastime-here and yet clean up very nicely to catch a show at the PAC or live music at Taproot? Absolutely yes.
I’ve read a handful of articles, blogs, and Facebook posts about our red lantern style. I think my favorite one so far is by Andrew Halco (the only thing sharper than Halcro’s style is his wit); although we have a different perspective, I especially enjoyed his and Julia O’Malley’s thoughts about politician’s style choices while campaigning (so true! And, in my book, inauthentic dressing DOES qualify for worst dressed).
We are a fiercely independent, original bunch. Quirky, cool, confident, trendy, colorful, only-wearing-black-ever, spandex sporting, hand knit headband donning, Dansko loving Banana sales browsing, baseball caps and fleece vests rocking, fabulous diamonds dahhhling, second-hand shopping, don’t give two sh*ts about what I’m wearing; I’m glad that we’re not all contenders for Travel and Leisure’s best dressed list. Maybe we’re the Helena Bonham Carter of cities instead of a classic little black dress. We’re a mixed bag baby, and it’s great.
I love your style, Anchorage.