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We talk about fashion trends like they’re universal, but in reality fashion is different up north than down south and on the east coast vs. west. When I moved to Georgia from New York for graduate school I couldn’t believe how much color everyone wore. When I go home to Chicago to visit my family I’m always surprised by the grungy influence. Having split my adult years between Chicago, New York, and rural Georgia, I think my style, like my accent, has become some weird hybrid of the aesthetic of these three areas. As I write this I’m wearing a charcoal gray miniskirt and combat boots (so midwestern) a subtly shimmery boxy top (New York) and a cherry red scarf (Georgia). My hair is some combination of the three styles as well, a blend of understated sombre brown, tousled beachy texture, and trendy Birkin bangs. Does your style reflect your hometown or your current residence? Click the notes to find out. –– Laura Martin

Los Angeles: LA fashion is easy and glamorous. You are likely to see a combination of flowery prints and floaty fabrics with gold accessories and designer heels. For evening, old Hollywood glamour is the go-to.

Chicago: Chi-town is grungy, edgy, and practical. Flannel, grandpa sweaters, and combat boots never go out of style. At night, gothic edges like lace and velvet add dark glamour.

New York: This city loves sexy vintage: high wasted skirts, fur, bustiers. New Yorker’s are the masters of model off duty. When the party starts, things get understated –– think the perfect little black dress and towering heels.

Atlanta: Dressing well in ATL means channeling a little southern belle and mixing it with a healthy dose of boho and even some disco. Everything glitters, especially at night.

Miami: There’s a tropical, vibrant feeling to the style in Miami. Body conscious dresses, low necklines and bold patterns are just some of the popular styles. For evening everything goes metallic or neon.

Dallas: There’s a distinctly vintage feeling to the style in Dallas where high waists, oxford shoes and girly dresses reign. The evening looks are leaner, sultrier takes on the classics, but always with a contemporary edge.

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter  @LarMarStyle   

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