Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan of the Baltimore Sun reports the necktie has sprung into fashion thanks to Avril Lavigne and Michelle Branch being amongst the stars sporting the accessory normally reserved for businessmen. The fashion trend appears to be part of anti-Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera risque outfits trend. “Britney and Christina were all about being sexual in a very overt way,” said Elizabeth Kiester, fashion director of YM. Lavigne and her cohorts “are expressing their feminine power in a more realistic and more non-threatening way. They’re embracing their femininity and saying, ‘You don’t have to show your belly button, you don’t have to wear a corset top with your breasts falling out of it to be beautiful.'”
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