ASOS Thea mid rise girlfriend jeans (on sale!). Secondhand J. Crew denim shirt. Madewell Ames boots (similar, eBay). Lucky Brand Point Backpack. Vintage scarf (similar). Marley Lilly monogram ring. NARS lip pencil in Cruella.
My nickname for Knoxville is "suburb of the Smokies." While I do enjoy living a mile away from downtown, the thing that keeps my heart loyal to my scruffy little city is the proximity to the most popular national park in the country. Spending time in the mountains or in the many rural communities that surround Knoxville proper centers me. Regardless of how much I love being outdoors, though, my wardrobe is a blend of city and "country" that will never sway too far into one field.
I split my time pretty evenly between being in the middle of nowhere and enjoying downtown living. I grew up frequently visiting my family's lake house, located in a town that just recently got the luxury of a Dollar General. Now, I enjoy being able to see the Milky Way by looking up from my boyfriend's driveway. These experiences are so ingrained in my being that I'm not actually sure I would feel at home living somewhere like New York City. But perhaps because authentically living "in the country" was a real experience for me and not just an Instagram buzzword, I don't feel the urge to folkify my wardrobe any time soon.
This outfit is a pretty good encapsulation of this kind of blend. The workwear inspiration is evident with the double denim and the red scarf which harkens to images of red bandanas. But the lipstick and leather slick up the look to a modern aesthetic that would fit in better at Madewell than a general store. And instead of setting up my tripod in any of the myriad of green spaces or fields around, I wanted to highlight the beauty of a common sight in cities of all sizes: parking garages.
Given my appreciation for either side of the urban/rural spectrum, I'll never be a city mouse or a country mouse. But I'll always be a Knoxville girl.