News Travels Slow to Small Cities?

So I just spoke to a friend of mine who lives in Calgary.  She told me that she wore dark purple nail polish last weekend and her parents noticed and asked if she was becoming “goth”.

Now, nothing wrong with the story, except that she’s trying dark nail polish now? Didn’t the trend start over 2 years ago?  I mean, I’ve gotten bored of Lincoln Park After Dark and Lincoln Park After Midnight, but I still have at least 4 very dark blue or purple nail polishes on my dresser at right this moment. Also, from what I understand Calgary is an up and coming city with a huge population of young people – surely they must have wanted to pick up on the trend at the same time as Torontonians did.

What do you guys think?  In the day of the Internet, do trends still travel slow to smaller cities?

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11 Responses to News Travels Slow to Small Cities?

  1. Lydia says:

    lol are her parents old?

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  2. Justine says:

    Living in Calgary, I do think that trends tend to show up here a bit later than other cities (mostly Toronto as far as I compare). I noticed the dark nail trend a couple of years ago, but it never really exploded until recently. That might be due to more ‘high-end’ nail brands being available through the likes of Sephora, or just a growing movement. Like the whole ’emo’ trend – it’s only recently that I’ve been seeing more teens wearing the style!

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  3. Renee says:

    To be honest I think the West is slower on some trends…from music to style…drives me nuts that certain styles take longer to get out here…I find I’m always looking for decorating or style trends at least 6 months before they get here…don’t know if it’s just me.

  4. Henna says:

    Lydia, I think her parents are just regular parents, they just don’t see the trends as soon as their kids do.

    Justine, I think you’re right that in some cities it’s not so much that people don’t notice the trends rather that they have a hard time finding the places that make the trends accessible.

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  6. Tracy says:

    Calgary IS a big city for us out west here!
    I live in Edmonton, and have you ever been to our Holt Renfrew? It sucks. I’d rather take a plane to Vancouver and shop at their’s.
    It’s hard to find a lot of the stuff you see in magazines here. For makeup, Sephora has made it easier but I’m guessing people think most of the stuff there is too expensive. I find most people here are true MAC devotees and are hard-pressed to switch or try anything else. Well, at least this is true of my friends!

  7. Henna says:

    I guess I’ve been lucky enough to run into people who can’t wait to see what’s new at the Holt Renfrew makeup counters – and the fact that they’re expanding helps a lot too, but I think it’s going to take time for trends to really catch on in a big way.

  8. Leslee says:

    I can’t speak for Calgary but living in Winnipeg (a drastically smaller city) I can definitely tell you that trends here are not being followed at the same pace as larger centers like Toronto or Vancouver. We have a Holt Renfrew but is unfortunately in a sketch part of town and therefore doesn’t see as much attention as it should. As for Sephora, I can only dream of what it would be like to have a shop like that here!

  9. Henna says:

    Leslee, after trying to shop in smaller cities, even in their most trendiest stores, I’ve realized that nothing beats the selection of a really big city. And when there’s a good selection, your odds of finding something really good go higher too!

  10. Jennifer says:

    I completely agree that news travels slower to smaller cities. My boyfriends family is from a small town, and whenever we go back to visit, I almost feel out of place. I like to be “fashionable” but going back to his home town, I feel as if I’m from the future. His sister-in-law frequently comments on my choice of clothing/nail polish/makeup/etc (not in a bad way, thank goodness). As per what someone else wrote, their selection of stores is very limited, therefore severly limiting the means to receive the current trends.

  11. Henna says:

    Jennifer, agreed! It’s hard to keep up when you can’t find most of what the magazines feature. I find that even a big store like Sephora can be not as current as a Sephora in a bigger city. They just run out of product faster and so can update with the latest and greatest and their earliest convenience.

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