Know Your Trend

February 26, 2010

If you know anything about me, you know that I absolutely hate stupid fashion trends. Not, like, low-rise jeans or other new cuts of clothes, but, like, trucker hats. Gaucho pants. Remember how everyone in the world had to have a poncho a couple of falls ago? WTF? That was just dumb.

And now, ladies and gentlemen, we have jeggings. UGH. So dumb.

To illustrate how silly some current trends will seem in the future, I decided to go way, way back in time to talk about a bizarre fashion trend: black patches. These were around in the 1600 and 1700s in Europe. People glued patches of black fabric on their faces, mainly to cover awful smallpox scars. Having been a zitty teen, I can appreciate wanting to cover nasty scarring. But – gluing crap to my face? Now that’s just silly.

Much like jeggings are. And if you don’t realize that now, you will in a decade or so.

The key is to be able to decifer what trends will look stupid in a few years, and what new innovations in fashion are actually, well, innovations that will stand the test of time.

This is not a talent that hipsters have. So, like we did with smallpox, we must find a cure for the heinous hipster disease. Soon, please!

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