I’m a Tennessee girl, born and raised. And Nashville, the state’s capital, known for the eponymous TV show and its burgeoning culinary scene, is my hometown. I love this place. Case in point: I tear up listening to the city’s unofficial, corny theme song, “Music Calls Us Home.” But I’m moving to New York City in just a few weeks and in addition to saying goodbye to my family, my car, and my closet space, I’ll also leaving behind several Nashville-specific trends.
When did I realize that said trends weren’t acceptable any place other than Nashville? Well, I trace it back to my first N.Y.C. experience after freshman year of college. I distinctly remember wearing Nike running shorts, an oversized Tri Delta t-shirt, and Chaco sandals while walking to the nearest CVS and getting the weirdest looks. After a solid block of wondering if I smelled terrible or had a stain somewhere, it hit me–no one wears this here!
A flood of other trends that I suspected were only kosher to wear in Nashville came to mind, and through subsequent visits to NYC and chats with other Nashville-to-New York transplants, I’ve come up with a list of ten things that, while beloved in Nashville, simply are not socially acceptable in the eyes of New Yorkers. See them all in the slideshow and consider yourselves warned.