Now first off I must confess that I am not a trend setter or generally a follower by any stretch of the imagination. I usually wait until others have tried something out and worked out the kinks before giving anything a try. I also tend to wear clothes and shoes because they are comfortable, not because they are the latest style. I think growing up in a small town, before social media, didn’t help either.
I don’t line up for hours to get the latest tech gadget or feel the need to upgrade as soon as a new model is released. I do tend to be impulsive when it comes to buying new things though and often feel a lot of buyers remorse. My current laptop was bought on a whim when I went in for a portable hard drive.
One trend that I did subscribe to in the 90’s was the inflatable everything. I had a bag, a chair and a foot rest. I’m not sure how often I actually used the chair though. You see I grew up in a town that had 40 degree summers. Plastic and sweaty, exposed skin tend to result in pain, lots of pain.
I think that my chair came to a sad demise one night when my brother and a few of his friends decided to jump from the lounge onto it. It was 5 or 6 years old by that stage…it didn’t stand a chance. The bag was donated to charity, those poor, poor charity shops.
Another trend which I reluctantly succumbed to was a the harem pants. When they made their appearance back on the fashion scenes I was skeptical. I have large thighs, why on earth would I want to dress in pants that seemed to accentuate that feature? Then Kmart had them on sale and they were black so I decided to give them a try.
They were wonderful. I really don’t care what they look like because they are so damn comfy. I call them my lounge pants because they are perfect for lounging around the house in. They are a trend that I am glad that I took up.
While I don’t think that I am a trend setter or that I follow trends very regularly, I am glad that there are trends that allow us to try new things out. I just don’t understand the need to follow blinding anything that is new because a celebrity has recommended it or seen wearing/using it. I guess I am just too skeptical for all of that.