All the Way from Dubai to Atlanta!
I happen to be a huge fan of fashion. I enjoy the feeling I get whenever I leave the house looking nice. To me, clothing is art that should be appreciated. The art of fashion, clothing specifically, same as art, everyone has their own opinion on what works and what doesn’t and that’s what makes it so amazing. There’s a simple saying that goes: “to each his own” which I believe in. I personally believe we have to have our own style that demonstrates our personality. This way, we’ll be able to feel ourselves, comfortable in our own skin, wherever we may be.
Dressing properly can tell a lot about someone’s personality and an impressive outfit can sometimes make a lasting impression. But keep in mind dressing properly has nothing to do with wearing expensive clothes. It isn’t always about the $$.
Before I moved to the United States, I used to hear my friends who have been living in America for a long time say that people in the US rarely dress up and they always keep it simple. A lot of my friends even went as far as advising me to throw away most of my clothes assuming I won’t need them. Thank God, of course, I didn’t listen to them. I dress to impress myself first and foremost regardless of who’s looking!
When I first moved to the US, I wanted to show people that I will never change my style to adjust or “fit in“ to the place I live in because, in my perspective, my style demonstrate my personality and my personality shouldn’t be different in different places. Therefore, I stubbornly kept dressing up even when I was running simple errands. Every time I went to the grocery store, I shopped with my high heels on. Now that I remember it, I can see how weird it must’ve looked at times. Since then, I did change. Now, I keep a pair of flat shoes in my car to switch to whenever I’m running simple, not-needing heels occasion tasks. I also had the habit of spending at least 30 minutes to get ready before I step out for a grocery shopping or running a simple errand…. Ok, to be completely honest, that hasn’t changed. I still take at least 30 minutes to get ready before I step out of the house. However, I’ve been lucky enough to not get criticized for it here In America. I have been told that I look like a Hollywood star, a celebrity in a movie, or even an English queen. To be honest, those comments encouraged me to stay ME, and never change for anyone or anything, in that case not to change for any place. So I guess this one goes to all of those who gave me those compliments and never made me feel overdressed or out of place.
I also feel the need to mention that lately, I had the pleasure to attend multiple events in the beautiful city of Atlanta. I got the opportunity to connect with many women who amaze &inspire me with their personality, style, and high-end elegance. This one goes to you beautiful, successful, smart ladies for never making me feel out of place and for ensuring me that style and fashion is ageless and global.
Overall, I do see a difference in style between Dubai and Atlanta. I think what it mostly comes down to is the difference in style taste, luxury vs simplicity to be more specific. Based on my personal experience from living in both cities, I noticed that style in Dubai leans towards being more luxurious and classic, while style in Atlanta tends to be more simplified and casual. I do believe this is associated with how people live different lifestyles in both cities which in return, is reflected in their taste for fashion. I came to the conclusion that both styles are beautiful in its own way and I honestly wouldn’t choose one over the other. Both cities made me the woman I’m today, so thank you Dubai, thank you Atlanta.