How My Style Changed When I Moved Overseas

We’ve had a girl-crush on Kendall Sargeant since she was living in Sydney and working as a publicist at one of our favourite labels, Maurie & Eve. Since her move Stateside in 2014, to take up the role of U.S PR Director of Australian Fashion Labels, we’ve been watching the fashion publicist and blogger’s style slowly evolve.

It might’ve happened to you—you go on a holiday, and while you’re there you start to dress differently. I know that during a weekend jaunt to Byron Bay, I’m in denim shorts and floaty pieces. The second I return to Sydney? I’m back in my structured jackets and single-sole heels. We asked Sargeant to explain exactly what happens to your style when you move to a different country.

Keep scrolling to read Kendall Sargeant’s firsthand account and follow her stylish adventures on Instagram @kndlsargeant.

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Kendall Sargeant

"I’ll be coming up to my two-year U.S. anniversary next March. I originally flew over for a three month adventure, planning to split my time between N.Y.C. and L.A. before heading back to Sydney to continue my role with Maurie & Eve.

Long story short, I fell in love with America. I found myself shipping everything home to stock my suitcase up with vintage tees, denim, shoes and brands like All Saints, Nike, Rag & Bone and Helmut Lang. I ended up moving here and only held onto my staples and sold those "but I swear I might wear it again" pieces. It was a scary but rejuvenating process."

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Kendall Sargeant

"Since moving, my style has definitely evolved. I travel to N.Y.C. quite a lot, so it’s always changing. I adapt my look to embody the city I’m in. My L.A. wardrobe is stocked with lighter colourways and pieces that are comfortable: a few pairs of vintage Levi’s, tees, shirting, ‘70s lace dresses, ‘90s slip dresses, metallic, fine jewellery and leather accessories. My N.Y.C. wardrobe is fearless. I could wear anything and feel comfortable and confident.

What I’ve loved most about moving is discovering new brandsSugarHigh LoveStoned, Madison Harding, Luiny, Jess Hannah Jewellery, and Ryan Roche.  More than anything it’s the accessibility to brands that’s overwhelming for an Aussie—IRO, All Saints, Oak, Rag & Bone, even Stone Cold Fox—all at my fingertips, often on sale... and in my size!"

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Kendall Sargeant

"I’ve seen an increased need for outfits that are wearable from day to night. L.A. is a city of spontaneity. When I leave the house in the morning, I could be bouncing from work, to a gig, to dinner, to an event. I always need to consider adding or subtracting layers to change my look without having to make a pit-stop. Throwing jeans and an extra something into the mix—a change in shoe, a neck scarf or jacket are my fool-proof solutions. People here party in sneakers and it looks great.

I learnt very quickly that in many ways L.A. is more low-key than Sydney. It’s all about the effortless, put together look. I find myself balancing between feminine and man-style structure. I play with accessories more nowadays because creativity is so warmly welcomed in California."

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Kendall Sargeant

"Whilst staying true to my style, I dress more eclectically here, and I’m comfortable doing so. Signature, my blog, embodies my balance of vintage and contemporary style. I’m of the mindset that you don’t need to be overdressed to be the best dressed, it’s about knowing your body type and dressing true to that.

I would say living, working and finding my feet between L.A. and N.Y.C. has helped solidify my sense of self. I’ve begun following trends less and finding myself more. If I moved back to Sydney, I would take that confidence with me and I’m sure my style would organically evolve into a new chapter."

Have you moved overseas? How did your style change? Share in the comments below!