“We live in a come as you are world. This is even more true in Anchorage. The city and its inhabitants are often underestimated. Partly because of the misconceptions that people have when they hear the word style. The worst misconception is that style, in some way, equals vanity.
Style is often related to fashion. However, a person’s style is not necessarily the label on their clothing. Carhart, Levis, or Prada…Casio, Seiko, or Rolex, ….long hairstyles, combed hairstyles, and of course, “bald is beautiful” style…all show the world who you are. What you put on is not vanity, but rather an expression of your authentic self.
You can always recognize a look that is not a person’s style. It is not them wearing it, but it is wearing them. Hence, the legions of “individualists” who all seem to look alike.
I look around Anchorage and see people with more style than some of the more “fashionable” cities. Why? Because they are comfortable in their own skin. They have taken the necessity of living in the arctic and reconciled that with their personal style, no matter where their journey began.
Of course, you still must consider fashion and how you look in things when attending weddings, the opera, or your job. The trick is to adapt that to your personal style. This is why it is most important to know yourself and be yourself. That knowledge allows you to try different things without worry that you are breaking some arbitrary fashion rules.
I encourage everyone to find their style and never judge others for their personal version. We all contribute to the fabric of our community. Own it…wear it.”