Welcome to the 2012 Style Olympics, where our fashion all-stars are weighing in on the ways in which where they’re from have effected their personal style. Don’t forget to stay tuned for more this week!

I grew up in a small college town in the Midwest. Bloomington, IN was a little pocket of (relative) diversity and progressive thought in the heart of corn country, USA. I spent a pretty significant time around horses and haystacks for someone who didn’t grow up on a farm. This might be where my soft spot for everything cowboy developed. In the fall, especially, you can almost always find me in some combination of denim and worn in leather boots.

Bloomington is the kind of place where the county fair is the biggest event in town one summer and the next it’s a visit from the Dalai Lama. The small town had a population with people from all over the world, including my parents, who emigrated from Nigeria to study at Indiana University.
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Welcome to the 2012 Style Olympics, where our fashion all-stars are weighing in on the ways in which where they’re from have effected their personal style. Don’t forget to stay tuned for more this week!

I grew up in a beach town right outside of the city of Los Angeles. Southern California has such an eclectic mixture of cities and suburbs that I find directly responsible for my widespread style spectrum. I’m always playing with different genres of fashion from bohemian, to rocker, to romantic, but in a subdued way. That is because Los Angeles is the subdued version of New York. It is pretty “cool”, but a little bit more relaxed than the East Coast when it comes to fashion and trends.
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Welcome to the 2012 Style Olympics, where each OTY contributor is weighing in on fashion in their hometowns and how it has effected their personal style. Don’t forget to stay tuned for more this week!

 

My personal style has definitely been impacted by the places I’ve lived. Growing up in a suburb of New York City, I was exposed to each end of the style spectrum for years, but didn’t truly develop an identity until college. Unfortunately, my tiny suburban hometown was not exactly cutting edge in the field of fashion. Cortlandt Manor, NY is a stark contrast to the streets of New York City, which are less than an hour away. Being from the Hudson Valley, my style has a touch of earthiness, the result of my mom spending years on the farm in her spare time (the irony of her daughter being a beauty editor is not lost on us). That, combined with spending the past four years attending college in Ithaca, New York, has lead to an undeniable weakness for printed maxis and bright linen pants.

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Welcome to the 2012 Style Olympics, where each OTY contributor is weighing in on fashion in their hometowns and how it has effected their personal style. Don’t forget to stay tuned for more this week!

Growing up in the D.C. Metropolitan area and now attending college right in the heart of the city means you never miss out on a fashion beat. Washington D.C. is truly up-and-coming in regards to its style credibility and effect on the fashion world. Although there are some dominating trends you may see here, the stores are really your oysters in the nation’s capitol.

For me, growing up in such a diverse and culturally affluent area has effected my personal style by making it very carefree and laid back. I don’t restrict myself to fashion trends or high price points, I simply wear what I want. You’ll often see me sporting a $2 shirt from the thrift store paired with $170 Jeffrey Campbell shoes. It is for this reason no one word explains my style – it changes daily.

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Welcome to the 2012 Style Olympics, where each OTY contributor is weighing in on fashion in their hometowns and how it has effected their personal style. Don’t forget to stay tuned for more Style Olympics this week!

Growing up in Malaysia, I’ve been surrounded by luscious rainforests, scenic beaches and historical landmarks. In a country where every day is summer, it’s easy to forgo a sense of style and slip into whatever feels most comfortable.

But instead of sticking to a standard uniform like cut-off shorts, tank tops and flip flops, I like experimenting with different textures. I’m constantly inspired by the diversity and culture in Malaysia, which I often try to translate into my wardrobe. Malaysia, comprised of over 28 million people, is a multiracial country namely of Chinese, Indian and Malay descent. Malaysia is also home to a number of indigenous tribes, who mostly live in my hometown – a little city called Kuching located in Borneo, the third largest island in the world.

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