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>>  Reading your reactions to the one-piece trend, it got me waxing philosophic on trends and how I feel about them.  Trends and I, we have a very love/hate relationship.  I like them because they provide me with new ideas, new ways to wear clothes and just new styles of clothes to wear.  Well, I guess the styles aren't really "new" per se, just when a style becomes trendy, it is more readily available -- it's easier to find in stores.  But that's just the problem.  The style is easier to find.  So more other people find it, and buy it, and wear it.  And that bothers me.  Classic, I know.  Girl doesn't like Other Girl to wear the same thing she's wearing.  What can I say, it's just the way it is.  The way it always has been.  The way it always will be.  At least with me.  I like to wear things that are different.  Not totally off-the-wall white pancake makeup, green hair and bright pink lipstick different.  I just feel the need to look different from any other Jane Doe walking down the street.         

And when it comes down to it, trends are all good and well, but it's really important to listen to your own personal leanings.  Wear what you like.  Not because it's what all the magazines tell you you should be wearing, but because you like how it looks and because it looks good on you.  Because really, that's what is most important.  Having the piece look good with your skin, your hair, your body shape, your everything.  The piece may be trendy, but if it looks bad on you, no one thinks: "Wow, she's really with it!"  Instead, they just think: "Wow, that looks really bad!"  It's tempting sometimes to do what you read everywhere that you should be doing -- white is in!  No, black!  But resist the urge.  Resist the temptation.  Learn what shapes look good on your body and remember those.  Those remembered for being chic -- Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, Grace Kelly -- look at their outfits.  They weren't sporting crazy shapes.  Just very classic, simple -- what looked good on them.  So when I talk about trends that I'm seeing, it's because they interest me in some way, shape, or form.  Not because I think everyone should start wearing them.  Because they're only trends.  Other trends will supersede them soon enough anyway.  As for the one-pieces, wear them if they strike your fancy.  If not, oh well, I say.  C'est la vie!

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