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Fads: Yes or No?

    I have lived through the 70's, 80's, and 90's and have seen many style trends come and go.  I am always curious to know how fashion trends get started. Some trends seem to stick longer than others, while some really just shouldn't be classified as 'trends' because they have been around for a long time and, in my opinion, will/should never go away.  I know how many 'bad' trends are out there and it would take too many photos and paragraphs for this post....so here are a few amazing fads as well as some  'questionable' ones.

Why why why? Until now, Crocs were my biggest no no for clothing/apparel. From my understanding, these toe shoes are not good for running. Also from my understanding, these shoes are just so NOT attractive. I have been seeing these on people here in NYC lately. So, the question is....why? Is it the answer for a mens ballet flat perhaps? I hope someone can enlighten me with this one. I am seriously stumped.


Drop Crotch Pants. Obviously, I am partial to these (as the photo is yours truly) The Harem pant really has been around in India for longer than any of us have been alive. As a trend however, it is fairly new to the scene.  MC Hammer, unfortunately, has given the drop crotch pant a really bad rap. (no pun intended)  Many people have strong opinions against these pants, especially on men. To me, they give men a different choice other than their boring normal day to day options.  I think that this type of pant should stay in the muted color palate although, I didn't mind Henrik Vibskov's Drop Crotch in this color:


Shoulder Pads. I have seen every episode of The Golden Girls. Their wardrobe always consisted of pieces with added shoulder pads. All of the shoulder pad pieces in the 80's still have me baffled. Did it ever make women look better? I just see female linebackers. However, I have seen a few modern pieces with exaggerated shoulder enhancements that are quite nice. For instance:


Skinny Leg Denim. Believe it or not, I was so against getting a pair for the longest time. I have been wearing womens jeans for so many years and I always went for a nice boot cut. Why didn't anyone force me into a pair of skinny leg jeans a long time ago?? I cannot imagine not having them in my rotation. I hear women say that they hate guys in a skinny jean....I say, stop being jealous! This is not a fad, this is here to stay  :)


Silly-Bandz??????????????????? I see these on more adults than children. I'm at a loss here. Please explain.

What are some fashion trends that you like or dislike??



Anonymous said...

I recently posted about those shoes and am a little puzzled myself. They are being promoted as being the next best thing to barefoot.


similar opinion, 'split toe'... perhaps margiela take, shoulder pads... ro, harem pants, yes, and skinny black denim... i have some old pictures from 89/90 wearing them [took long break later].

the moonchild said...

this post actually made me laugh. those toe shoes are bleughh!


come by sometime?

and i love guys in skinny jeans!

KcomeKarolina said...

those shoes are scary!!! blehhhh!!!
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Cowbiscuits said...

Those shoes, they are awful! If I ever see somebody in them I shall remove them - or my eyes.

I have Silly Bandz only because I saw SJP in some about 2 months ago and loads of pretty and fashionable Japanese girls wearing them. Now last week they were the top trend in Grazia magazine!

Also the Hareems i only wear in bed, they keep me cool/stylish for sleep.

Dee O. said...

OH my goodness! I work in a shoe store and we have been getting multiple people coming in asking for those monstrosities! thankfully we do not carry them so i don't have to look at those ugly things lol....and don't even get me started on those silly bandz! WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY! the remind me of those little colorful rubber bracelet things that everyone was into at one point...i don't even know anymore. i feel like i'm in the twilight zone with all these weird fads going about. but hey, that's just my humble opinion!

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juno said...

i really don't get the silly bands at all.

Anonymous said...

the main trend i tend to dislike, is people that clearly shop in one store b/c they don't know how to make an outfit on their own. thus, no style. thus, no originality. thus, no soul. ha ha ha. i'm kidding, kind of. and i must sound like a total twat, but seriously. i don't like cookie cutter looks. regardless of if it's mass marketed or hipster drivin'.
hate that.

LOVE harem pants. and your style. xo

The Covetist

Meg said...

I only see excentuated shoulders (photo 3b) as making it decade after decade. This style has been around for centuries, in fact. Those 5-finger shoes are hideous. If you want to simulate bare foot running, run barefoot. Drop crotch? Very rarely does it look as fashionable as in the photo where you are sporting them. For the most part, when I see Hammer pants, I think one of two things: either said person just crawled out of bed or said person crapped their pants. As far as skinny pants go, they are just bordering on the jegging tightrope. If you put a piece of clothing out there, people of all sizes will wear it. As a curvy girl, I know my limits...sadly, most people don't. Silly bands are the snap bracelets of the 21st century...they'll fizzle out as quickly as they came on scene. Oh, and shoulder pads...well, they suck.

Anonymous said...

Love the Vibram Five Fingers, actually. Freaky looking, yes. Crazy comfortable though. I can feel the texture of the ground, and the last time I had back problems was for a period of time after I had to wear regular footwear for extended walking distances. Anecdotal, I know. I tend to forget I'm wearing them until someone asks me about them.

Also, near barefoot running is apparently fairly healthy (http://goo.gl/zLRR)

Obviously in the minority though.