By: Lindsey, Miss Teenage Northern Nova Scotia 2017
Fashion in Nova Scotia is so individualized and unique. Walking down the streets of our small town you can see just how diverse fashion can be. As the present Miss Teenage Northern Nova Scotia, fashion is a large part of why I decided to enter this pageant and today I am going to share with you some street fashion I have come across.
Coming from the small town of Pictou, Nova Scotia, dressing up many seem a bit out of the norm. Many people say “when you live in a small town where everybody knows everybody there is no need for dressing up fancy”. But this may be when its MOST important! Small town or big city, what girl doesn’t love picking out an outfit, getting her nails done, doing makeup and styling her hair. Just because we come from a small town it doesn’t mean we need to compromise our individual desire for fashion.
Coming from a small fishing community I thought it was only appropriate I share with you the beauty that comes with that.
That is why I chose to photograph someone on Caladh Ave, in downtown Pictou. With its vibrant colored buildings and breathtaking waterfront Pictou is an extremely inviting town with much to offer.
On this one short road is where our history begins. Pictou is known to be the “Birthplace of New Scotland” as it was on this shoreline where the first wave of Scottish immigrants landed in 1773.
Meet Harmony, she is a twenty-two-year-old student at Saint Francis Xavier University. She is currently enrolled in her second year of the elementary education program. As many school teachers do, harmony struggles to find clothes that are both work appropriate and fashionable. Harmony adores working with children and helping them to learn and grow. However, she wishes for clothes that are both cute and comfortable enough to wear all day long.
While working with children you must look professional while following the many dress code rules which have been put in place. As Harmony is an elementary school teacher, she has learned working with children involves much movement and activity which her outfit must allow her to partake in. With all of these restrictions Harmony struggles to put together outfits that allow for both comfort and style.
As our small town continues to grow we have seen a growth in the local fashion industry. Stores and boutiques including Ahead of hair and Sea Side Treasure Trove have made their mark and are becoming quite popular. But there is still a struggle with such limited amount of shopping destinations in our town. This usually means a small road trip to Halifax Nova Scotia in search of appropriate work attire.
I believe Harmony has accomplished the perfect mixture of professional and comfort with this stylish outfit. Harmony paired a very simple pair of classic High-waisted black jeans from Garage ($50), with a lovely off the shoulder floral top she bought from Charlotte Russe ($22).
Harmony decided to pair this beautiful yet simple outfit with diamond earing’s she bought from local Pictou business Ahead of Hair ($20), and a diamond necklace she bought from local business Sea Side Treasure Trove ($36).
Also, she added a purse which she purchased at GUESS ($75) and stylish strappy sandals from Steve Maddens, Madden Girl collection ($55).
I believe this fashion find proves big fashion can come from a small place. With fashion it is important to let your individuality shine and wear what you feel most comfortable in. From the small town of Pictou, Nova Scotia to a big city of Toronto, unique and beautiful fashion is everywhere.