News

Study: Most Americans pay attention to fashion

Study: Most Americans pay attention to fashion

Models present creations during the J Summer Fashion Show at One World Trade Center in New York on June 25, 2014. Photo: Reuters/Brendan McDermid

By Ellen Wulfhorst

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Most Americans think people are too focused on fashion, yet a majority says how they dress is an important part of who they are, according to a survey released on Monday.

With that eye to fashion, most people, 86 percent, say it is possible to be stylish on a limited budget, according to the survey conducted by the Fashion Program at Marist College and the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Just 14 percent disagreed, saying good fashion is reserved for people with a lot of money, it said.

The poll found 68 percent of respondents think too much attention is paid to fashion, and 55 percent said how they dress is an important part of who they are.

That is not necessarily a contradiction, said Sue Kenney, Marist Poll senior research associate.

“Ideally with so much going on in America, it’s easy to say we spend too much attention on this small issue, but when you dig deeper, it’s not that small,” she said.

“People get up in the morning and figure out what they’re wearing. That’s not that quick and easy a decision,” she said.

Another 45 percent said choosing their outfit is not something they think about, the survey found.

The margin of error was plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

The survey of 1,212 adults nationwide was part of a senior project and conducted April 7 through April 10, 2014.

(Editing by Jan Paschal)

Local Headlines

in Local

2015 Beach Blast Off Concert

irrma

Arnold’s Park, IA (KICD)– The Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Association (IRRMA) announces a “Beach Blast Off” concert. Andrea Weisenmeyer…

in Local

Chicken Barn Workers Sickened

Bird Flu 1240

Workers in a chicken barn under quarantine become ill.

in Local

Spencer Avenue Of Flags Volunteers Requested

News CitySpencer1240

Volunteers are needed to assist with Spencer's Avenue of Flags.

in Local

Ed Funding Issue

cash1240

As lawmakers struggle to resolve the state budget, a new conflict has sprung up about how much new money to give schools in the 2016-2017 school year.

in Local

Fireworks Bill Passes House

statehouse

It would be legal to sell and set off fireworks in Iowa if a bill that cleared the Iowa House last night becomes law.