Sep 13, 2013

inspiration: portland

Instead of writing one post dedicated to the many things that inspire me,
I would like to delve into them one at a time.

I grew up on the cloudy waterfront of the Willamette River, just outside of Portland, Oregon. I never gave much thought to the affect this had on my style until I moved to Utah, where a majority of people follow a fairly cookie-cutter style.

I miss walking down the streets of Portland seeing all tie-dye getups, people with purple lipstick, crazy hair, chains and clunky boots with multi-colored laces. I miss seeing people who don’t give a damn, who wear the clothes they do simply because they like them.

Fashion is about art and self-expression, not about trends. I came by a quote by author Gore Vidal the other day stating, “Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn,” and I couldn’t agree more.

Oregon is a perfect place for the creative individual. There is a lot to be inspired by, and if you’re like me, the clouds and rain help. It is a place where grunge and the 90’s have never truly died.

(all photos were taken from portland based tumblr accounts)

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