The Big City/Small Town Clothing Divide: Rokit Vintage

The difference in clothing worn between cities and towns doesn’t just affect the people living in them, but affects the businesses trading there.

Vintage fashion is something that’s been huge over the past few years – yet unfortunately, in recent days, some of our beloved vintage fashion traders up and down the country have had to close their doors – with sites like eBay and Depop becoming convenient alternatives.

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The Big City/Small Town Clothing Divide: Romany Anderson

After chatting with Sam Thompson last week about how he feels about the idea that there’s a big city/small town clothing divide, I spoke with Romany Anderson to hear another voice on the matter.

Originally from Stockton but now studying history of art at Goldsmiths, living in London has allowed her to see the potentially blurred line of culture between the two places, and how both locations affect how she dresses.

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The Big City/Small Town Clothing Divide: Sam Thompson

From my own experience, frequently and unfortunately, the classic small town mentality is that different (in any context) is wrong. However, to say that everyone in a small town thinks this would be very much untrue, and to say that everyone living in a big city is as accepting as we would like them to be is also untrue.

But in the context of fashion, stepping outside that monotonous barrier in a small town is constantly creating fear rather than empowerment. Anything bold, bright or “”out there”” is shot down by fear of judgement, or fear of being shouted at by the old men stood outside the pub that have never seen leopard print on a human before, or even long hair on a man.

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