Most of the clothes she had brought with her were useless, the kinds of things she thought of as casual and utilitarian in New York which here seemed as grand as a gown.
~Still Life With BreadCrumbs, Anna Quindlan
This resonated with me. Having moved from a city (not a big one, but a vibrant capital city) to a much smaller city (I think of it is as a town, as do most of the residents) I can relate to the sentiment. Place does matter when it comes to how one presents oneself. If I were to wear office attire here that would be in place in Victoria it would be far too formal. I never thought of it much, didn’t think of fashion or style, when I lived in the bigger city. But here, where people think it is odd that I wear dresses or skirts a lot of the time and don’t wear my jeans as much as most, I feel it.
Anna Quindlan has a way of expressing a sentiment that is just so … right.