Trend Setter

I must confess is touring around a few different blogs while Kirsty is off on her US adventure and this week it’s hosted by Raychael from Mystery Case.  This week the confession theme is Trends.

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.

Are you a trend setter or a trend follower?

Did you follow any trends when you were younger that make you cringe now?

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9 thoughts on “Trend Setter

  1. Raych aka Mystery Case

    I really should give the harem pants a try. I’ve been avoiding them since way back in the MC Hammer, you can’t touch these days. You make them sound so appealing though. I do worry I have a bit too much junk in my trunk, so to speak to pull this look off.

  2. Deborah

    I used to be more of a follower. I was into the fluro gear in the 80s, had a spiral perm and so forth!

    I think as I get older I’m perhaps ‘influenced’ by trends but less of a follower. Of course sometimes we have no choice cos the only options available (on sale in stores) are things in trend.


  3. Angela

    OMG! Some of the things people wear just because it is fashion are horrendous! That being said, they have as much choice in what they wear as I do. I am not a fashion follower and am actually a fan of op shopping. Well, when you can find one that doesn’t charge an arm and a leg per item. I recently splurged on a bunch of clothes that I love. I went into the salvo’s, walked to my size and plucked everything out that I liked the look of. Tried it all on and weeded out the stuff I didn’t like. I managed to get 17 items of clothing, a handbag and 5 books for $49.50. This made me happy on so many levels. I also tend to be a little more adventurous in my choice of clothing. I got a long sleeve men’s rip curl shirt and a lovely crossroads top in that lot, as well as a near new pair of denim pants from rockmans and some clothes from Susanne gray. I don’t care for trends, I care about finding clothes that make me feel good and if I can get them for a bargain that is even better!

  4. Melanie Greenhalgh

    OMG harem pants..I looked horrendous in them then and now would be not only an epic fail but also a horribe assault on the retinas of innocent citizens.
    My trend was definitely Wham – Wake Me Up Before You Go Go shirt with a Raa Raa skirt and a singe belt. I also rode my BMX like I was Nicole Kidmans Twin in BMX Bandits. Holy cow I was awesome.
    Now I’m with you – comfort is everything. Ballet flats and jeans! Now that’s on trend! Mel xx

  5. Janet aka Middle Aged Mama

    Yeah I’m a bit of a skeptic when it comes to trends, whether it’s fashion or books … I take a “wait and see” approach. Then when I do give it a whirl, I’m like: “Why didn’t I do this earlier”! (Thinking of books like “The Shack”, “Harry Potter”, and skater dresses which I always thought I was too old for but now love ’em!)


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