Friend Friday: Jumping the Trend Bandwagon

When I was in New York for Fashion Week one of the things that impressed me the most was the block-wrapping line of people waiting for their chance to get into the Target Missoni pop-up store. Everyone wanted a chance to grab their piece of the zig-zagged clothing. And then the craziness in each suburban store started. Stores selling out in a day, eBay auctions beginning the moment the pictures could be uploaded. The whole thing got me thinking about fashion fads and consumers jumping on the bandwagon to be part of the ‘in-crowd.’

With this in mind, it seemed the perfect topic for this week’s Fashion/Beauty Friend Friday topic.

1. Do you ever see a fad hit the stores and immediately dislike it? Has that fad ever began to grow on you? Yes! There are many fashion trends and fads that hit the stores that I look at and think ‘what in the world is that?’ A couple such fads that have me scratching my head are: UGG boots, onesies, sheer tops, socks with open-toe shoes, etc… And yup, after awhile the trends do start to grow on me.

2. Has the popularity of a certain piece of clothing or line ever convinced you to try on something (or purchase something) you dislike? Sure. Of course! In the beginning, I swear I will never ever try the item on and then time goes by and I find myself intrigued and then suddenly trying it on for myself. Now that I spend so much time blogging, I find the attire of other bloggers has me reconsidering trends I wrote off. There are times I’ve been swayed to buy an item I know is not my style or to my taste. There is a light green skirt that I bought when it was in trend years ago. It just sat in my closet, never being worn.

3. Have you ever changed your mind about a trend after seeing it around for a while? The only one that comes to mind is onesies. I swore to never, ever wear one of those. I still refuse to even try the short version on, but I found the long-pant version and fell in love with it. My opinion of the horrible looking onesies was immediately changed.

4. Do you feel a certain pressure to have specific items in your closet because ‘everyone’ else does? Sure, of course. I think the ‘everyone else’ factor impacts all of us. It’s like high school – you want to be part of the ‘in-crowd’ and you do what you can make it. The same keeps happening in adulthood in various ways; and for a blogger that is in more the case. Watching the same types of items appear over and over again on a blog makes me feel like it needs to be on my blog too. Some of those things I give in to. Some of them I’m fighting against creating needs out of wants.

5. Be honest, what do you think of the Missoni line? Did you grab any items? Is it worth the eBay prices? UGH! I could honestly see myself wearing one or two things from the collection. And after the popularity of the items grew day by day, I found myself drawn to them less and less. I’m past the point of wanting to look just like everyone else. And if millions of people are walking around with the same zig-zag lines where’s the originality in that?

What about you? Have you ever purchased something you weren’t loving just because it was the popular thing?


 

Katy Rose
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38 thoughts on “Friend Friday: Jumping the Trend Bandwagon

  1. Pingback: Friend Friday Jumping on the Fad Bandwagon | a fashionable life for me

  2. Debbie

    I am resisting the fur trend. It is just too neanderthal for me. If I wear a fur vest, it will only add to my bulk, making me look like a little bear! I don’t like the fur on purses either. I think it is a trend that won’t last.
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  3. Emily

    Interesting topic this week. We didn’t have the Missoni collection here but with every H&M collaboration, the hype and eBay sales get more and more ridiculous!! Living out of London though, there are never many people with the pieces so if I manage to grab a few pieces I like, no one else has them too!!

    Happy Friday, xx
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  4. Fashnlvr

    Hi! I am with you on the Missoni line. Zigzags are not my thing. Neither is having a wardrobe identical to the rest of the world. I still haven’t tried onesies or jumpsuits either. I grew out of those when I was about 6 years old. I don’t want to have to get undressed to use the ladies. Its difficult enough as it is!
    I don’t see the linky so here is my link for my post: http://fashnlvr.blogspot.com/2011/10/fbff-jumping-on-fadwagon.html#more
    Have a Fashionable Friday!
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    1. Cortney

      I bought both pairs of flats (girls and womens) and I’ve been wearing them regularly since I bought them. However, even though it sold out in my area, I haven’t seen anyone else wearing their items.

      I wonder if it’s people’s attitudes towards new clothing purchases. I know when I buy something new I start wearing it the next day. However, there’s another girl I know who lets her purchases sit in her closet weeks or even months before wearing them…
      Cortney recently posted..FBFF: Fads & Trends. Am I “in”?

  5. Nnenna

    Oh yes, I completely forgot about rompers! I totally wrote them off for the first year they were popular and then this summer I tried one on and absolutely loved it! I think I was too quick to judge :) That is the good thing about seeing trends all over the blogosphere- at least for me it means I’m more likely to try something new.

    My FBFF link below! :)
    Nnenna recently posted..FBFF: Jumping on the Bandwagon

  6. MJ

    It’s amazing how your thoughts on something change once you put them on! LOL. And I agree with your thoughts on Missoni – why do I want to look like a gazillion other people? I’d rather put an outfit together that not too many people have thought of and stand out of the crowd that way. Plus it’s more fun! :)

    Here’s my link.
    http://fiercebeautyandfashion.wordpress.com/2011/10/07/friend-friday-jumping-on-the-trendy-bandwagon/
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  7. Kristin

    Is Twilight a trend? That hasn’t grown on me yet. Ha! I actually did score a scarf and flats from the Missoni collab that I loved…but I didn’t wait in line at the store and I wouldn’t pay crazy prices for them!
    Kristin recently posted..Accessible Style

  8. Tess

    I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who felt negatively about rompers at some point…I wasn’t able to get into them for a good year. Now, I like them quite a bit (but I am still not totally converted) :) I agree with you about the Missoni line…I loved the idea of it too, and some of the pieces are cute but who wants to look like everyone else? Not me!

    Good topic again this week Katy!

    Here is my link: http://windycityfashion.com/2011/10/07/following-the-leader-this-weeks-fbff/

  9. Kirstin Marie

    I loved this topic this week. Fashion trends are huge, especially when it comes to us as bloggers. I’m usually not one for trends, to be honest. I love being able to stand apart from the crowd with something different. I definitely feel what your saying – wanting to have something that appears on all the other blogs – I’ve felt that way too. Now, I kind of look at it as – well, if everyone already has it, then everyone has already seen it. What can I bring to the table that hasn’t been seen yet?

    Also – here is my link, since I don’t see the link up.
    http://www.kirstinmarie.com/2011/10/friend-friday-fashion-fads.html
    Kirstin Marie recently posted..Friend Friday: Fashion Fads

  10. EvaNadine

    My post is also up now!

    Personally, I avoid most trends, at least in the beginning of their popularity.
    I like to let them marinate for a while, so I can decide if I actually LIKE the fad or not. If I do, I will hunt down the version of it that works best for me. It’s rare for me to wear something for just a season, so I prefer items that are a little more timeless — so if I can turn a trend into something more lasting, that’s perfect for me.
    EvaNadine recently posted..Friend Fridays…

  11. Rachel @A Little Bit of Ray

    So I was confused when you were talking about onsies b/c I thought you meant the shirts babies wear that come in like 4 packs(Like on Wed episode of Happy Endings). I understood what you meant by the next question. I’ve never been attracted to those at all. This was a very interesting round of questions this week. I linked up!
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  12. Ashley

    I have to agree with your feelings about the Missoni line at Target… after hearing more and more about it, I was less and less interested. I does seem weird to think about how many people will be walking around in the same exact chevron print items. I’m learning more and more over the years about my style and what I like to wear…. so maybe at one point in my life I would have been all over the Missoni madness, but now I’m not all that interested.

    I still have not worn a romper…. but I won’t count them out because maybe one day I’ll find one that I’ll love. You just never know. (:
    Ashley recently posted..Day Trip to Mount Dora

  13. LiteralGemini

    Linked to my blog – Literal Gemini – A fatshion blog… My biggest thing was the faux fur vest, harem pants, and of course I forgot to mention skinny jeans… i can’t do skinny jeans because my calves are apparently disproportionate to my bottom, because the skinny jeans will fit my waist but not my calves, so I have to turn to jeggings to get the skinny jean look. At first, I wasn’t so big on skinny jeans, but now I think I’ve changes my mind, when worn right, they look really cute!!

  14. Alyssa

    I was definitely one of those crazies waiting in line for the Missoni pop up. I am glad it worked out that I didnt get anything (except bedding) knowing that EVERYONE will be running around in zig zags.

    I definitely got myself out of the whole “trend” thing. I remember in high school (an all girls school at that) just how bad and obsessive it made everyone. I’m glad that I didn’t buy into a lot of the “in” items, (like Burberry rainboots) because where’s the individuality?
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  15. Gayle

    I’m so glad that I’m not the only one who doesn’t really get what all the fuss is about regarding the Missoni line. Also, it’s great that you can wear the onesies with long pants. (They look great on you!) I tried the long version on and it looked horrible on me. Strangely though, the short ones are more flattering on me. I guess it shows that whether or not something is flattering should be a factor in which trends we buy into.
    Gayle recently posted..FBFF: Jumping on the Trend Bandwagon

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