When I first saw over-the-knee boots in my fashion mags more than five years ago, I swooned. But I thought to myself, “There’s no way that trend’ll last more than a single season.”
Last year when over-the-knee boots were shown again, I bought a pair, all the while thinking, “I love these and I’ll wear them well beyond their moment in the sun … but I bet that moment will have passed by next fall.”
And now, as I look at the billions of over-the-knee boots flooding the magazines, stores, and online shops, I marvel. Because my brain is still stuck in middle school, a time period in which trends lasted a month, and anyone wearing them beyond their window of trendiness was subject to ridicule.
Now, I realize that middle school kids are chock full of The Meanies, and look for any excuse to torture each other. But I am convinced that trends – actual, adult, trendy trends – are cycling for longer. Items are “hot” and “must-have” for YEARS at a time, giving those of us who enjoy riding the waves a bit more time to consider, assess, save up, and purchase in a reasonable amount of time.
I also feel like there is a lot more leeway to wear trends beyond their magazine-approved life cycle. At this point, an item or style PEAKS when it’s trendy, but continues to be worn fashionably for a very long time after that peak.
And I’m so pleased. Because quick-turn trends encourage reckless spending and needless consumption, not to mention making the adult world feel even more clique-y than it already is. So here’s to trends on a curve instead of a spike, and here’s to wearing a trend from five years ago and feeling like a million bucks.
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