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Date: Oct 17 2003


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For some people, clothing is nothing but a way to stay warm – a way to protect oneself from the weather. For others, clothing is an expression of personality and creativity. It’s a way to show the world who one is, and how one is feeling.
In the U.S., there are many different styles, but a few stand out from the others. This collection of styles are the most common and the most stereotypically respresentative of specific personalites.
Read on to learn more about some of the most popular styles in the U.S..


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The clothes one wears aren’t necessarily an indication of personality, but it is possible to make generalizations regarding specific styles. For example:
anxious, wild, crazy

Brands:   Dickies, Vans, Skate/Snowboard Clothing

pretentious, sophisticated

Brands:   Polo/Ralph Lauren, LaCoste, Calvin Klein, Banana Republic

urban.jpg’>Style = Urban

Characteristics:   Big city, rich, stylish, hip-hop

Brands:   Fubu, Sean John, Roc-a-Fella, Kangol, Nike, Reebok

hipster.jpg’>Style = Hipster

Characteristics:   Urban, artistic, creative, intelligent, educated

Brands:   Adidas, Puma, Diesel, Urban Outfitters

politically active

Brands:   Anything handmade or second-hand

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Whew! There are a lot of different popular styles in the U.S.. There are quite a few that I didn’t have time to mention here. It’s hard to list them all. The great thing about being in the U.S. is that there is so much diversity. Everywhere you go, you’ll see something different!
Take it easy,


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