For the last two months, I have been living with my younger sister Jenny in central Stockholm. Both of us grew up in the suburb so it felt really different to suddenly live in a place that is right in the middle of everything: nightclubs, coffeehouses, boutiques. I think many people have a prejudice that city people are always well dressed and wears the latest fashion. When I first moved here I thought I wasn’t doing great at being a inner-city person, seeing as I constantly appeared in public NOT looking stylish and sophisticated.
Sometimes, when I would get up to buy some fresh bread in the morning, I felt so self-conscious. There I am with my unbrushed hair in a messy ponytail, a face red from sleeping and sweatpants and a t-shirt with coffee stains on it, walking past people with the latest fashion and flawless appearances.
Then I realized that this is just an illusion. The reason it appears as if there is a higher percentage of fashionable, stylish people in cities like New York, London or Stockholm is because people from the suburbs view shopping or eating in the city as events that require dressing up for. Real city people are the ones you will see hungover, wearing pajamas and no make-up in a popular coffee house. Shops and food courts go from being a special experience to just being convenient once you live in the city, places you stop by on your way from work or while getting groceries. Definitely not places you go to because “you want to be seen there”.
That’s at least my excuse for looking so shabby today downtown, haha.
As a bonus, here’s a photo of the world’s most dangerous calorific coffee ever. It’s called a Snickers and its from George’s Coffeehouse, where me and Jenny were today, looking like we just woke up.