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Today's Fashion: Attractive or Repellent and Who Really Dictates Style

Updated on January 8, 2014

Spring-A few good pieces

The trench classic - with or without clothing it works
The trench classic - with or without clothing it works | Source
Denim and seventies glam
Denim and seventies glam | Source
Floral fabrics in a classic print never go out of style
Floral fabrics in a classic print never go out of style | Source

Today's Fashion, What Defines Attractive?

"What do you think about today's fashion, attractive or repellent"? In answering this question, I must say that I don't see the trends of this Spring much differently than I do when I look at the fashion trends from decades ago. First and foremost, one must honestly know themselves in order to accurately assess whether a particular fashion style is attractive or repellent for them. Because everyone is different, physically and emotionally, we all have a different idea of what defines attractive and what defines repellent. When one wears an outfit with a smile and a positive outlook, they are always attractive. If one does not stay true to one's self and what makes them feel good, which is typically what suits you by the way, then they become a fashion victim, which is never in style or attractive.

The Style Setters

That said, there are always a few key pieces each season that are considered fashion "must-haves" if you want to abide by the rules of the runway. The styles that you will find in the stores this season are always a toned down version of the extreme ensembles that you see parading shamelessly down the catwalk. Spring will bring:

  • 70's glam
  • lots of bright colors and luxe fabrics
  • denim, classic lines, without the holes
  • skinny pants and wide leg pants
  • stripes
  • sheer fabrics (layer as needed)
  • floral fabrics, Asian-inspired or classic

How you interpret these new Spring pieces and blend them seamlessly (pun intended) into your existing wardrobe is the real test of style and how well you know yourself! One should introduce only styles that make them feel good about themselves. Self confidence is always attractive, whatever your shape, if you feel beautiful you exude beauty and look stunning! You can immediately tell from one's body language if they are wearing something they love. There are far too many new clothes in the stores to choose from -- Don't select anything that makes you feel uncomfortable or self conscious, you will stand out and look as awkward as you feel.

When shopping for a few new seasonal pieces that will work well with some of the clothing you might already own, make a wish list of a few good candidates to shop for so that you won't get distracted once you hit the store. I would suggest doing your research first, online and by talking to people, like most things, if it seems too good to be true then it probably is. Finding a significantly less expensive "version" of a pair of designer slacks on E-Bay may require some added online sleuthing to feel confident that you are getting the real deal . There are some things that you can safely buy online but a new trendy piece is probably not one of them, unless you have tried on a friends' identical piece and know that it looks smashing and fits like a glove! Lastly, have fun! A new season signifies change, growth and renewal! Wear it Well!!!

Add a Classic Piece and your Good to Go

Classics are timeless and always a good investment. After spending a fortune on trendy garbage that goes out of style or falls apart before you even have a chance to wear it, I have learned that it is best to purchase fewer more expensive, classic styles, preferably on sale. Pieces that will not go out of style:

  • wool gabardine trench coat in black or khaki
  • wool slacks in camel or gray
  • cashmere sweater set in gray
  • tailored cream colored silk blouse
  • classically styled jeans that fit without holes or tears

If you build your wardrobe gradually buying a few classic pieces at a time, then you can incorporate the seasonal, more trendy styles that are fun to wear and announce "attractive" each time you put together an outfit. Because theseclassic pieces are neutral colors, most of the new Spring must-haves match famously, creating a brand new look without spending a fortune.

The fashion message here is that you dictate the style, whether it is trendy, classic or my favorite, a combination of the two. Define your own look using pieces that make you feel good about who you are. Wear clothing that is comfortable and realistic for what you do, where you are going,and how you feel for a look that announces confidence -- undeniably attractive!

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      carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      hi chatkath!! interesting hub!! mix matching not only creates a new ensemble each time but also saves a lot of money. I love mix matching my clothes to create a new combinations. who cares as long as I like it :)))


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      Kathy 5 years ago from California

      Couldn't agree more Kitty! I think that most of the true "style" comes from the young (young at heart) who seem to be incredibly creative, daring and have that "who cares as long as I like it" attitude. How refreshing! Thanks for visiting my humble hub ;-) You're the best! A true original.

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      Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

      It is kind of strange to know that some snooty people over in Milan tend to define what we feel is trendy or in style. We should just make our own ideas the trendy ones. Voted up and useful.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thanks MM, Oh how we love our weekends, well earned I might add! Fashion must be fun, otherwise, what is the point! Everything looks great with self confidence and a smile! You definitely know how to make it shine Maggie! Good to see you.

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      Nadine M AuCoin 6 years ago from the Island of Cape Breton to the Eastern Shores near Halifax, NS

      T.G.I.F!!! Good morning! This is an awesome hub!!! Very well written with loads of info and advice.... I like new styles and all but really there are so many that wear things they shouldn't, even if something is in style, it certainly doesn't flatter some people....thanks again for sharing this with us,

      And have a wonderful Friday in the Bay,


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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thanks Kitty - It is so nice to see you! After reading your fabulous hubs I know you love the retro styles of yesteryear as I do, such fun! I have always loved fashion but to pull it off for less, it is imperative to personalize your look in some way-like mixing a pair of new jeans and plain white t-shirt with a pair of Grandma's rhinestone earrings (well ok, guess you have to see these earrings to appreciate :-)

      Anyway, thanks for your comments! Folks! Visit kittythedreamer's awesome 50's fashion hub:

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      I agree Ethel, I used to do more sewing than I do now but it was always fun to find a pricey piece that I loved and then copy it-assuming it's not too complicated of course :-) or I also used to shop at a high-end resale boutiques and get really well made designer clothing for pennies on the dollar that needed a few minor adjustments. Cheap Chic and it feels more personal than off the rack! Thank you for commenting!

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      Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

      Voted up and awesome. Very well written and so true as to why we have different senses of style. I particularly love the 70s glam pieces and the re-worked denim dress...too cool! Floral fabrics to me seem to be something that is in style EVERY spring season...that one never seems to go away. Though I love floral fabrics, sometimes it gets tiring seeing them every year for spring...aren't there other prints they could push? Anyway, beautiful hub...thanks!

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      Eileen Kersey 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I do feel that anything goes these days but for the young fashion trends are important. Best to make your own

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thank you hewhohn, I am glad you came by for a visit! Appreciate the comment.

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      hewhohn 6 years ago

      This is very great hub. Thanks for sharing.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      You are so very welcome Christine! Thanks for popping in!

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      ChristineVianello 6 years ago from Philadelphia

      I love fashion, Thanks for this hub!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thanks vocalcoach-I always look forward to reading your comments, you always have such a positive perspective! I can really relate to what you are saying, I used to be so preoccupied with being in style that I didn't even consider my own taste, or what looked good on me!? I am glad that perhaps growing older has some benefits after all? Forcing us to look to beyond the reflection in the mirror. I am so glad you stopped by!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thank you Prasetio -I might take you up on that - A Hubber's Passion for Fashion, featuring Prasetio! What fun:-)

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      A Classic Hub from a Classic Lady! Love, like, enjoy and ready for more like this. Most of my life I dressed like a fashion model, always donning the latest craze. That all changed within the last 3 years - now I mix and match the old standards that I can't live without, with some of the latest trendy pieces. I am always comfortable in my own skin and do my own thing. I love your line, "Self confidence is always attractive, whatever your shape". So true. Thank you my friend.:) vocalcoach

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Beautiful as always. But you made this so wonderful. I wish this is your own catwalk and all beautiful hubber walking on this walk. I am glad to be your models. Thank you very much. Rated up. Have a nice weekend!


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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      You got it Green Lotus, I couldn't agree more! Thanks for stopping in!

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      Hillary 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Yes, fashion is fun if you know what flatters your figure. It really doesn't matter if it's retro or cutting edge, if it looks fab, go for it!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thanks so much for your comments Katie - you are the best! Fashion should be fun, when it's not, then you are probably trying to be something you're not!

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      OH How true, some things I see and say "YES" I'm lovin seeing them back and others I'm like "UGH" I'm not getting caught dead in that...

      I create my own style and wear what I have a connection with. Clothes speak to me and I become friends for life with a great outfit...

      You had me at Today's Fashion. I always love a good blog about fashion love it or hate it there's always something to learn.

      Great article, voted up and much appreciated! :) Katie

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thanks R. It is too bad that more people can't understand that about fashions, fine if you are 16 but when we know better it is just kind of sad to let the latest trend run your life!?

      Thank you Susie Duzy! You look like you are very aware of what looks good, au natural is always in style!Thank you so much for your comment!

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      SUSIE DUZY 6 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

      Fashion is great, as long as your are aware of what looks good on you and what does not.

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      I would have to agree with you and many of the above comments, its not about what the latest fashion is but what looks good on you and how you wear it with confidence great hub!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thank you Epi, I do like the birthday suit idea, and the hub that followed - although you are ever inspired and readily equipped with those perfect words. I am off to the Shroud of Turin ;-)

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thank you Susan- I couldn't agree more. If one is a fashion-fiend then I think they do themselves a huge dis-service, as the need to have the latest and greatest outweighs their "sense of self". Thanks for stopping in Susan, and for your message. Good eye girl! I did a last minute capsule rearrangement and did NOT check LOL ...

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ...a personal message for you on my Shroud of Turin hub .....

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ..and best designer? God! He designed our 'birthday suits' - hey that gives me an idea - lol!

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ..well fashion is like art, music and food - very subjective indeed - and that is what will continue to make 'fashion' endlessly fascinating, maddening, and alluring .......and the very essensce of the word itself - meaning, of its time, always moving, and the ultimate zeitgeist!

      Love this hub Miss K - and yes you have won the flowers of the day at Epi's hub accompanied by the marching band - lol - but then again if I had my way you would 'receive' flowers everyday!

      I used to watch a show called FTV - Fashion Television - a half hour fashion show on a local station CITY-TV from Toronto and that was a world class expose on the fashion world....

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Dressing in something you feel makes you look attractive definitely bring about an aura of self confidence. I have never been one to dress according to what style is in fashion, I dress in what I like. Enjoyed your hub!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thank you Princessa, fashion must somehow be more individualized. We may love a stylish dress on the hanger but if it doesn't look good on us, for whatever reason, we will not wear it well. I appreciate your comments!

      Thanks Pamela, couldn't agree more about the flat shoe come-back! I am now going to be in style because I can not wear high heels anymore and have been wearing flats or lower heels for many years now. You are right, there is a balance that one must find for themselves to be in style, not silly :-)

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      Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Some of it is cute, like some of the dresses but I don't care for all of it. I'm really tired of all the cleavage and push up bras. Glad to see that flat shoes are making a comeback. I refused to wear four inch heels so found it a challenge to find footwear for a while there.

      We should pick and choose what looks good on us, not everyone looks good in the same things like you said. Within reason we can still dress in style without looking too silly.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 6 years ago from France

      I agree that you dictate the style. It is not about "the fashion" being pretty or not; it is about how you look in it depending on your body shape and of course the confidence with which you wear an item.