7/21: Fashion Forward?

Coco Chanel, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Dior, Anna Wintour, Christian Louboutin, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada: the list goes on.  These influential names and brands in fashion are familiar to many Americans.  Because we are familiar with these names, does it mean we are too focused on fashion? Many Americans, 68%, think we focus too much on fashion, while one quarter, 26%, say that the attention is about right.  Only 7% believe fashion deserves more consideration.  However, a majority, 55%, also say how they dress is an important part of who they are.  Fewer Americans, 45%, report that choosing... 

6/11: Hair Raising Experiences

Whether it’s curly, straight, long, or short, a majority of Americans are consistent with their hair styles.  56% of U.S. residents say they have had their current hairdo for at least two years.  This includes 29% who have worn their hair the same way for more then ten years.  On the flip side, 24% have changed their style within the past six months, and another 20% have altered their look within the past year. ©istockphoto.com/mrossetti Women and those under 45 years old have had a more recent urge to have fun with their hair.  31% of women compared with 16% of men have changed their style... 

6/5: It’s All in the Makeup Bag?

Is less really more when it comes to wearing makeup?  At first glance, yes.  When asked how often they wear makeup, 56% of Americans report they never put it on!  14% say they pull out their makeup cases for special occasions while 11% put a little war paint on when they go out for work or with friends.  10% say it’s whenever they leave the house, and just 9% say they always apply it. ©istockphoto.com/vnlit Are those results surprising?  To really understand those numbers, one needs to take a closer look at just who’s pulling out their lipstick and mascara.  Men tip the scales in the... 

6/5: Makeup for Summer

June 5, 2009 by  
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What are the hottest makeup trends for summer, and how can you incorporate them into your every day look?  Celebrity Makeup Artist Vincenza Carovillano offers her tips in an interview with The Marist Poll’s Mary Azzoli.  Read the transcript below. Mary So, Vincenza, let’s just get right down to it.  The Marist Poll recently asked Americans how often they wear make-up, and 56% of the entire population, both men and women, say they never wear make-up; but when we look at just women, only 19% say they never wear make-up.  Does this surprise you? Listen to the Interview, Part 1 Vincenza... 

6/2: Deep Pockets for Shoes?

How much are Americans willing to spend to put their best feet forward?  On average, the most U.S. residents have spent on a pair of shoes is $90.62. ©istockphoto.com/YinYang And, while women often get a bad rap for their shoe addictions, men, on average, are willing to spend more!  The greatest amount men have paid for a pair of shoes is $107.88.  Women, however, have forked over $74.23 on average. Income is an obvious factor affecting the overall findings.  Americans earning less than $50,000 annually say the most they have spent on a pair of shoes is $79.69.  This compares with $111.87... 

4/7: Springing Into Color?

Spring is here.  Yet, this doesn’t necessarily mean Americans are yearning to don the colors that are blooming around them.  According to a recent Marist Poll, 48% of Americans describe their favorite colors for spring as neutral and traditional.  Many, however, do look to this season for sporting fresher colors as nearly one-third of Americans (32%) favor cool and light tones and one in five loves bright and bold colors. ©istockphoto.com/ranplett So, who is most likely to prefer vibrant, hues this season?  Southerners take top honors while those in the chilly Northeast pull up the rear.  ... 

Accessorizing to Make Clothes Trendy

I’ll just come clean with it: I’m addicted to shopping. My weakness isn’t stuff for the house, shoes, or even clothes.  For me, the obsession is accessories — jewelry, belts, headbands, makeup — anything new and affordable that can make an old shirt, pants, or dress look new, fresh, or trendy. Since I tend to agree with the plurality of Americans (48% in a recent Marist Poll) who favor neutral and traditional colors for Spring, now is the perfect time to liven up those muted colors with accessories.  And, the best part is that it’s affordable.  Let’s face it,... 

Pricey Pair?

Look up “blue jeans” on MerriamWebster.com, and the term is simply defined as, “Pants usually made of blue denim.”  Ah, if it were only that simple! On average, Americans say they’ve spent, at most, $44.50 on a pair of jeans.  That’s according to the latest Marist Poll.  That number jumps when looking at younger Americans and those who make more money.  U.S. residents under the age of 45 say the most they’ve spent on a pair of jeans is $52.51, and Americans in households with an annual income of $50,000 or more say they’ve purchased jeans for... 

Blue Jeans: A Reflection of the Times

The Guinness Book of Records lists an original pair of Levi Strauss & Co (USA) 501 jeans aged over 115 years old as most valuable.  It was sold by Randy Knight (USA) to an anonymous collector (Japan) for $60,000 (£33,230) through internet auction site eBay on June 15, 2005. ©istockphoto.com/skodonnell What accounts for consumers’ willingness to shell out their hard-earned cash for this fashion staple?  Perhaps, the answer lies in the past. Although, nineteenth century businessman Levi Strauss is credited with designing the first pair of blue jeans, the origin of the term, “denim”... 

The Perfect Fit

Finding a pair of jeans that fits just right can be a challenge!  What can you do to make the process a little easier?  Here’s some practical advice from The Marist Poll’s Mary Azzoli.  Read More →