Tuesday October 13, 2015

Fashion critic Cintra Wilson maps geography of style

These platform lace-up gum-boots were made for walking ... right out of fashion capital New York and across the various states of style.

These platform lace-up gum-boots were made for walking ... right out of fashion capital New York and across the various states of style. (Cintra Wilson/Twitter)

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Why would a New York fashion critic leave a style capital to see what people are wearing in Iowa?

Cintra Wilson joins Shad to discuss her roadtrip in search of regional fashion, from the hats of Louisville to the pleats of DC. Her journalistic journey — chronicled in her new book Fear and Clothing: Unbuckling American Style — reveals the deep connection between where you live and what you wear. 

Wilson also argues that local style influences everyone, even the "dweeby office tech guy", and that fashion is a much more intellectual topic than we acknowledge.