When I first arrived here I was still wearing my turtle neck sweaters as I was working on thawing out from the minus 40 weather. I would say my wardrobe consisted of jeans, t-shirts, and mostly very causal clothes. My shoes were all closed shoes, comfortable loafer types. My closet said 'comfortable'. Over time I noticed that my clothes were not 'right'. Every time I went out, the ladies were 'dressed up'. Or, at least, much more so than I was. I would also say their wardrobes did not say 'comfortable' but were rather stylish, classy, very feminine, and some even sexy.
After being here about a year I went out for breakfast with friends from my coto and they began discussing how much I had changed. My clothes were more summery, were more feminine. They said how much I had changed. They were really impressed when I wore heels! (Although it was decided that that was not fair, even with flats I was a head taller than most!)
Shortly thereafter another conversations happened about how much I had changed in appearance. I said I had't noticed. She showed me a picture of myself from our first breakfast. Yes, I had changed. They said my look was much better, more feminine.
|Me at my first breakfast with the gym ladies|
|Me this past Monday with some ladies from the Gym|
When young people come here, youth groups (even our kids), I am once again startled by the contrast. Canadian kids dress VERY casually, where Mexican youth (middle class for sure) dress more formally. Some of the Canadian youth dress so casually they are almost sloppy. Mexicans always look sharp, even when the event would be considered informal. People laughed at my kids when they visited, wearing shorts and sandals.
I think, one thing that does affect clothing is climate. When more of your life is spent in jackets with constant changing weather, you develop a culturally appropriate wardrobe. If you were to grow up in the tropics, you would have a noticeably different wardrobe.
|a very 'normal' Canadian look|