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May 7, 2010 at 4:00 PM

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Clinton Kelly and the face of fashion fails

Posted by Letters editor

Tough love meets shove

In response to Nicole Brodeur’s column “Tough love from guru of fashion” [NWTuesday, May 4], neither Clinton Kelly nor anyone else should have the final say as to what someone should wear.

No one should be judged based on what he or she wears. People choose what they wear because they know themselves better than anyone else does, and therefore know how they want to dress and portray themselves.

Fashion is always changing and it is different for everyone. Just as everyone has different interests, everyone thinks something different looks good. That means there could be no single person who has complete authority over fashion. There are also people who do not care about fashion and they should not be forced to care if they think that it is superficial and unnecessary.

Fashion “experts” such as Kelly try to make all women dress “fashionably,” which really entails making them conform to the norm and dressing like everyone else. If people do not like what Kelly finds fashionable, then they should in no way be forced or even encouraged to change the way they dress in order to be “fashionable.”

— Kyra Skaggs, Brier

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