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I never have, and never will be one to judge a book by its cover, no matter what. I would never call someone "Emo" or "Goth" because they wear black, or they shop at Hot Topic. I would never call someone "Preppy" because they shop at Hollister or Abercrombie & Fitch. You know what I think? Even though someone thinks that they're being a non-conformist by not shopping at stores like Hollister or Abercrombie & Fitch, they're simply just conforming to non-conformism (in my odd, reversely psychological mind, at least).

Most of my friends consider themselves non-conformists by constantly bashing Hollister and those that shop there. However, I know they really don't care, because they still are friends with me, someone who shops at Hollister, Abercrombie & Fitch, and American Eagle. However, I don't shop there because everyone else is doing it. I do it because I feel that their clothes are well made, comfortable, and stylish. Of course, I don't agree with spending $100 on a pair of jeans, or $50 on the newest and coolest hoodie. But you know what? That's a total myth, if you know how to shop at these kinds of stores, you can find really affordable clothing in stores like Hollister. The clothes I buy at Hollister and similar stores are cheaper than clothes I'd find at Walmart, Kmart, and Target.

I have no bone in my body that respects people who spend "Daddy or Mommy's money" like it's nothing. I make my own spending money (which includes clothing) by doing chores, since I'm not old enough to get a job for another year or two. I shop at "Preppy" stores because it makes me feel good to get a bargain on so called "expensive" clothes, and spend my own money. I really appreciate the clothes I have, and take really good care of them because of that. I know so many people who can get a huge stain on a brand new shirt and just say, "Oh well, I didn't really like this shirt anyway," really meaning, "Well I didn't pay for it, so who cares, it's just my parents money."

I feel that if you're not comfortable in your own skin, and the clothing that reflects that skin, then you can't ever be happy. Me? Well I'm perfectly happy with being a fashion-conformist. I have my own unique styles and don't limit myself to certain stores, which is really great because when I go to the mall with different friends, I can go in just about any store. I think that if people are going to judge me based on the clothes I wear, then they're no better. Just because you are a bargain hunter at thrift stores and more affordable shops doesn't mean you're poor. Likewise, just because you can afford to buy more expensive brands of clothing doesn't mean you're rich, spoiled or preppy. Be happy with who you are, and don't be insecure enough to bash other people based on what they're wearing. Don't limit yourself, or you'll miss out on a lot . . . and never judge a book by its cover,



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