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Jeans & Blazers with Miles of Style: Opposites Do Attract

Updated on November 2, 2013

Fashion Inspirations

Jeans, a white t-shirt and black blazer will never look dated.
Jeans, a white t-shirt and black blazer will never look dated. | Source

Make it your own

I don't know about you, but I have never liked the idea of a buying or wearing a matched outfit, no matter who the designer is. When I see clothing that fits the image in my mind of what I am shopping for, I always feel the need to alter or pair it with something that contrasts the look of the new piece. That is just part of the look that I am after. I don't want canned fashion, although it sure would make things easier, I somehow feel uncomfortable, like I am wearing clothes from a stranger's closet. Clothes that are not really representing me.

Perhaps a little mix and match, to put it mildly, even when I finally spot the perfect fashion find, I have an urge to pair it with something completely unexpected, maybe a white t-shirt and structured black wool trousers or worn-out leather boots with a tiny floral print skirt. I am not sure if I am able to accurately analyze my fashion dysfunction but I have always felt this way -- even before it was considered "interesting" so this is about as close as I can get to a therapy session with myself. And since we are talking about self expression, I think this is what we see in youth, a sort of "finding one's self" through clothing experimentation, which is by the way, is where many trends begin.

If you want to know what will be hot this season just look to the pierced and dramatic bright hair do's of younger fashion icons at your local mall and you will soon see toned down, somewhat tamer, mainstream versions of these styles with an inflated price tag, all at a Macy's near you with a celebrity spokes person leading the pitch. When this occurs, the trend's days are numbered, how fickle fashion is. The look will last for a while and then burn out, only to return some time in the future with everyone commenting on "how great that era was, let's do it again".

And so the media proceeds to re-invent each season with a few stylish tweeks, and it becomes a fad or a trend leaving all wannabe fashionistas with a new purpose in life. I think that is how the business of fashion is, unless one is willing to take a risk and have a bit of fun with clothing by adding a few personal, unique touches, one can not really "own" the look. Dare to wear a classic cashmere sweater that belonged to your Aunt Eileen, with her permission of course, or add a locket that was your Grandmother's favorite piece with your new Saturday sexy black dress. Wear it with passion and it will be your style. You will feel the difference. Whether you wear old jeans from the resale shop or the finest designer woolen blazer, no body else will look like you, anywhere!

Style is the Attitude Applied by You

Anyone can put on the latest trend or monthly fashion flair but a true style maker creates a look from within. It has attitude, originality, grace and edge, while representing one's identity. Not that anyone should over analyze the art of getting dressed every day, perhaps one can look at fashion as an opportunity to have fun with clothes and showcase an inner creativity. Mix it up and see what works and what doesn't. The way one feels in clothing typically reflects how a look appears to others. If it feels awkward chances are this is not a style that is going very far so rethink what really lights the soul not what hangs in the showcase window. Sport that trendy new must-have but add something personal and familiar that comforts the confidence, dare I suggest a pair of worn out jeans that fit like a glove and a classic new blazer?

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    • Chatkath profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy 

      6 years ago from California

      So nice to see you Audrey! I just know you looked smashing while hitting those high notes...I do enjoy the fashion hubs - having fun creating looks (like paper dolls...)

      But now Amazon said that they have discontinued the seller's account for California folks, not sure why?

      Thanks for stopping in Audrey, hope you are doing well!!!

    • Chatkath profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy 

      6 years ago from California

      Hi Nell, I think I was more into fashion in my younger years, now I think more about my own tastes rather than what people might think of me. Or, like you, accidentally starting a trend....lol - glad you came by.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Kathy - I got an urge to read about fashion this evening and I remembered this hub from my last visit. I have to say, I enjoyed it every bit as much with the second read.

      It must have been my "Handels Messiah" rehearsal this evening that got me thinking about your hub. I remembered the image of the model wearing a blazer with jeans that started these embers burning. :) I wore a blazer with jeans and white cowboy boots with roses on them. Those boots helped me hit the high notes. :):)

      I'm thinking about ordering the spiegel ladies jacket as soon as my piggy bank is full. Thanks for this fun shopping trip, and the blessed chatkath that wrote it!

      vocalcoach~

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, I have never been a follower of fashion! lol if I did happen to make the mistake of being in fashion, I would hide until it went away! lol great points, I love wearing something different. I remember back in the seventies, I was the first person to wear drainpipe trousers with the turn up, everybody looked at me in a strange way, the next week they all had them! ha ha can't win!

    • Chatkath profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy 

      6 years ago from California

      Well thank you FW, I do agree, fashion is much more fun with that personal touch! So glad you popped in!

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      FW Keyes 

      6 years ago

      Hi, Kathy. Nice hub, it was the title that caught my attention. Make it your own is wise advice when choosing outfits.

    • Chatkath profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy 

      6 years ago from California

      Thank you Kitty! OK, I am on the style hubs and I know you are on the Halloween Hubs - I was just thinking about this earlier, you should host an official Halloween Hubfest - (or something).....It is almost October isn't it?

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      Nicole Canfield 

      6 years ago from Summerland

      Voted up and useful. I love this look and used to wear it a lot in high school, believe it or not. I think it's conservative but also stylish and professional. Awesome hub. I want to see some more style hubs from you!

    • Chatkath profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy 

      6 years ago from California

      Thanks Carrie - Couldn't agree more! So glad you stopped in!

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      carriethomson 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      oh yes putting pieces together is great and you can manage mixmatching and a new look every time :-) so its new every time and very much cheaper .. I like mix matching all the way.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Kathy - Hello, dear one. Sent you an email. Checking to see if it went through. Thanks so much!

    • Chatkath profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy 

      6 years ago from California

      You are the best Audrey! My closet is quite a disaster of different trends and styles, Over the years I guess I acquired more than I realized. If you keep it long enough it comes back in style too! Hope you are well, I always love your visits Audrey, come back soon. Or maybe I'll write another hub one of these days.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      This fashion hub was so much fun to visit the first time, I decided to do it again. Not only was your hub fun the second time, but I swear I picked up some great pointers that I somehow missed the first time here.

      In my closet, you will find a "mish-mash" of everything. My dis-array of fashion would give any professional organizer a heart attack.But I enjoy digging out a "must have" from years gone by and pairing it with todays latest fashion. Love the amazon clothing - you have great taste, Kathy. Again, I voted Up and straight across the board! Hugs

    • Chatkath profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy 

      7 years ago from California

      I don't believe you Epi, I know you sneak out on the town, dressed to kill, but that's ok, it will be our little secret!!

      Love to kitties, you behave now, see ya soon!!

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      epigramman 

      7 years ago

      ...well I have absolutely no fashion sense whatsover at the moment because: a) I don't have a girlfriend in my life b) I am middle aged and sometimes we get stuck in our ways and it's hard to change - call it a rut - lol

      c) I live out in the country and by the lake so I can dress like a beachcomber or a scarecrow lol

      d) I am not near the city and my job dosen't require a dress code; often I just wear my baseball cap

      e) when I was younger and in my fashionable prime - yes that was a different story - I was more concerned about the way I looked and dressed - whether hanging out in the clubs or at a cafe - or going to a concert or the ballet - and it often has to do with whom you're hanging out with at the time ...... always good to hang out with you Kathy - I sincerely hope all is well with you and your family - always look forward to hearing from you too and your lovely comments - but then again you are a lovely lady!! (and my friend!!!!!)

    • Chatkath profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy 

      7 years ago from California

      Greetings b. so glad that you stopped in. I couldn't agree more, it is indeed about the ability to individualize, make it your own style instead of merely putting on someone elses! Thanks for your comments!

    • Chatkath profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy 

      7 years ago from California

      Well Thank you Mr. bbnix, I enjoyed your comments immensely I simply must check out your hubs now! You sound like quite an interesting style yourself! And self designed! Anywho-I am very glad that you came by. Have a wild and wonderful San Diego Weekend!

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      b. Malin 

      7 years ago

      I'm not into "Matched Outfits" either...Maybe because we are Truly Individuals. I like trying on different clothes it's sort of like playing "Grown-Up Dress up"! I enjoyed this Hub Chatkath.

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      bbnix 

      7 years ago from Southern California

      As a guy, it's T-shirts and jeans pretty much for me, and, although I like a sharply tailored suit, and a long wool overcoat, although silly, as it's not really needed here in San Diego, I'm hardly a testament to fashion.

      As a designer myself, you "mind" me of a good point and something I adore, the distinct individuality of every woman (and ..oh..well.. men too, I suppose..ha ha ha).

      It's important for me as a designer (consumer products and environmental) to realize that my audience is a collection of very distinct, and special individuals and it needs to be my passion to assert the "ownership" of the experience of my audience, and of course, that equally applies to my business, my art, sculpture, animation, plays, and writing...to notarize a bit of my ADHD endeavors...

      Anyway, thanks for the thought provoking hub for my first visit...I enjoyed it very much...see ya'..

    • Chatkath profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy 

      7 years ago from California

      I know Audrey, me too. I was saying how fun to shop on amazon then list for someone else to buy - I kind of into comfort these days too! And chocolate-Always! Thanks so much for saying hi!!!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I love fashion and I love this hub. What fun! And even 'tho I can "window shop" non-stop - you will find me wearing my jeans and a t-shirt 99% of the time. In my younger years, yes, I was the fashion bug - but now - just give me comfort and classic - and chocolate!!! Voted up and useful.

    • Chatkath profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy 

      7 years ago from California

      Thanks Sharyn, It's funny because I haven't either, I truly have not bought anything except jeans for years now, not only because of the lack of cash but I am just not that interested anymore. So you just go on Amazon, pick the most expensive stuff that you would never buy and then log out, hoping to make a tiny commission off someone Else's shopping spree. Sure....Well, it was fun anyway. Hope you good too - Thanks for stopping.

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      Sharon Smith 

      7 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hey Kathy,

      How are you? I honestly cannot "relate" to this article as I haven't bought a piece of clothing in a long time. Money constraints just does not permit it. Even when I could afford new clothes, I always shopped for comfort, not fashion. I am happy to be wearing my shorts and sleeveless tanks today. Anyway, I wanted to say hi and keep in touch! Hope you are doing well,

      Sharyn

    • Chatkath profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy 

      7 years ago from California

      Thank you Alicia, you are so right, I think that fashion should be fun and a refection of the person who wears it! Sometimes the creativity seems to get lost in all the fashion hype, very hypocritical! I am glad you stopped by to comment!!:-)

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      Linda Crampton 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I totally agree with you, Chatkath. Choosing my own clothing combinations that make me feel good is important to me and is a chance for me to be creative. I'm not interested in following the latest clothing style just because it's in fashion.

    • Chatkath profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy 

      7 years ago from California

      I agree Mico, I know I can't keep up...Thank you for your comment!

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      Mico 

      7 years ago

      Girls fashions are changeable with something new coming up every day.

    • Chatkath profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy 

      7 years ago from California

      Hi R. Thanks so much for stopping in to say hello...Yep, I tend to do the same these days, whatever is closest and easiest to put on, that is what I wear! I guess our priorities change over the years. While it is still fun to put together an outfit that has some significance for a special day, etc. but not every day...not that important.

    • Chatkath profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy 

      7 years ago from California

      Wow, 3 Kathy's (Kathi's) in a row - Must be good luck.

      Fossillady! How are you? Yes, I guess I am somewhat of an aging fashionista(LOL) It must be fun though otherwise I really could care less!

      Thanks for stopping in!

    • Chatkath profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy 

      7 years ago from California

      Hi Lucky Cats Kathy!! So nice to see you. I have always loved clothes but still enjoy creating my own outfits, etc. - My Mom used to do the same thing, "it has to match"! "You can't wear that"?

      Unfortunately the pieces I tend to "like" are a bit pricey so I used to sew quite a bit or buy at consignment shops. I still have some of my finds from this particular shop that I used to go to in SF - the owner only carried really top notch stuff and it was a blast to put it all together, for less...

      I know that I don't focus on fashion as much anymore but it should always be fun and allow you to be the stylist:-)

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      RTalloni 

      7 years ago from the short journey

      Good stuff. :)

      I wear what I like whether fickle fashionistas like it or not.

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      Kathi 

      7 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      I feel the same way about mixing and matching, never did feel comfortable in matched sets. Didn't know you were a fashionista Cathy...tee hee

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      Kathy 

      7 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Chatkath....I DO understand you! I have always thought that rumpled, oversized and layered is great fun...now, it's the fashion du jour. I remember, as a teenager, when my mother bought me a paisley "jumpsuit" which was a '60's 'wannabe' Hippie outfit. Straight off the rack as if it represented the outlandish, fun and brazen things kids & young adults were wearing at the time. It goes without saying, I HATED it and felt like my 'self' had been lost or obscured. Back to the clothing store it went and I returned to my billowing velvets, jean skirts, peasant look, beads and bells. I like this hub, it speaks to all of us who feel/felt trapped by "style" and "fashion" rather than accessorized by it! UP FUNNY ('cuz it is), AWESOME!

    • Chatkath profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy 

      7 years ago from California

      So nice to see you always exploring, jeans are it - most definitely my uniform lately! Thank you for exploring my way this morning!

    • Chatkath profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy 

      7 years ago from California

      Thank you Eiddwen, so nice to hear from you this morning. I am glad you stopped by, do have a lovely week.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Aha jeans and shoes, two of my favorite things. Thank's for the info. Nice selection.

      Cheers

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      Eiddwen 

      7 years ago from Wales

      Great hub once more and I enjoyed this one.

      I vote up/useful and thanks for sharing.

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

    • Chatkath profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy 

      7 years ago from California

      Thank you Katrinasui- It is always such a pleasure to see you!

    • Chatkath profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy 

      7 years ago from California

      Thanks Prasetio, you are the absolute best!!!! It was actually fun, I just went shopping on Amazon and picked everything that I could never afford to buy and listed here.;-)

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      katrinasui 

      7 years ago

      A nice hub written on fashion. I enjoyed reading this hub.

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      prasetio30 

      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Beautiful and nice information about fashion. I'll show this to my sister. You have done a great job here. Rated up!

      Prasetio

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