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.