Designers who specialize in orchestrating the new fashion productions are once again asking us to adapt our tastes and our personal style according to the ever-changing trend. There’s nothing wrong in that, if you like the new looks. But what if you don’t? What if they don’t flatter your figure? What if they make you look childish? Should you simply conform for the sake of looking up-to-date? No way!
Fads have great appeal because they are new and novel. But the fad is quick to fade when it’s replaced by something even newer. It’s better to build a core wardrobe composed mainly of classic pieces and then adding a trend or two.
How do you spot the fads?
You can learn to spot the fads by their impractical styles that very few people can wear very few places, by their extremes of length and width in hemlines, shoulders, sleeves, collars and lapel; by their loud colors and glaring prints; and by the fuss and frill or over-done decoration. A fad seldom lasts longer than two years and sometimes less.
Is there any redeeming value to fads?
Sure, fads can be fun and refreshing! Once in a while, a fad comes along that provides a new solution to an old wardrobe need. If it is well-designed and truly fills a need, it may remain in style for a long time, at which point it moves out of the fad category. Blue jeans, tennis shoes, down-filled jackets and polo shirts, as wells peasant blouses, loafers are originally fads that filled a functional need. The longer a fad lasts, the closer if comes to being a fashion trend and may move on to becoming a classic.