When Does a Trend Stop Being a Trend?

The other day, I was talking to my mom via IM. (We do this a lot. Technology rules!) She made a comment about jeggings. I had to blink a couple of times, but there it was in the IM window: my mom using the word “jeggings.” My mom may know how to use instant messenger, but she does not have a Twitter account, use Tumblr, or know what an internet meme is. I would not define her style as “cutting edge.” In other words, jeggings, congratulations, you are no longer trendy.

When a trend stops being a trend, one of two things usually happens – one, it goes away to wherever it came from; two, it becomes mainstream and people just get used to it being around. An example of number one: Snap bracelets. An example of number two: pretty much everything you wear. After all, someone had to wear the first pair of jeans.

How do you know when a trend has passed its expiration date? As I said, mine is when my mom has heard of it. Is it when you can buy a knockoff of something? Is it when something becomes so ubiquitous that wearing it is no longer daring or unique? Tell us what you think, and we can also talk about that awful shit we wore in the ’80s and ’90s. I’ll start: stirrup pants.

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    • Kate

      i knew the jeggings thing was over when i saw them at the gap.

    • Britt

      I thought Fedoras were pretty lame when Britney was hiding her ratty nest with them, and then I started thinking they were cool when I saw Blake Lively wearing them. And now I think they’re lame again since I see Soho street vendors selling them.

    • lala

      i missed the whole trend. noticed those leggings though… seriously ppl just wear some pants and a shirt. O.o leggings at home? that sounds just fine! but out in public? yikes, i’m afraid there will be a spandex come back!

    • Ellen

      Jeggings were on Ideeli.com yesterday. kensie used the word “jegging” in their copy. I knew then they were over.

    • Reggie

      I’ve always hate jeggings, They’re like an ineffective corset for your ass. Some people find them comfortable. I prefer some nice fitted boot cut khakis to most jeans.

    • Ricki

      a trend in the 80′s that was lamer than all get out. Tight rolled jeans. Please tell me others than us southerners did that. I honestly dont think that will ever come back. Also..jeggings..leggings…all lame to me..always have been, even on skinny people.

      • Amy

        Nope, we did it in Nevada too. Along with big white hightops and scrunched socks.