Do Trends Have a Lifespan?

Do Trends Have a Lifespan?

The new spring trends have me wondering about their lifespan. Do they have one or has social media created such a frenzy for new, new, new that trends have become fads? They say if you hold on to something long enough it’ll come back into fashion. They also suggest if you wore it the first time around you shouldn’t wear it the second time. Who they are and why we care what they say, is a mystery to me because I like to ignore their rules.

While I like to incorporate a little trend into my style to look current, I also try to avoid looking like a fashion victim who holds onto a look, long past its “due by” date.

Here are several trends that continue from 2017, that I’ll be wearing.

Statement Earrings

Statement earrings are an easy addition to a simple outfit. I love how they make an ordinary Tee and jeans look more polished. Be on the lookout for lightweight ones. Low-cost versions are as lovely as pricier options so shop around.

Statement Earrings



I came late to the disco party and wish I hadn’t. I love the fun they add to a casual look. I’ll be keeping my eye out for subtle versions because full-on disco is not my style but a sequined trim or accessory is.  Look out for sequins showing up in unusual ways this year.




Tassels are more popular than ever. They’ve been a classic addition to loafers and caftans for years. Today they’re found on everything from earrings to hats and have solidified their look into mainstream fashion. Look for them on jackets, tops, hats, and accessories.

Fun Tassels



What are the constants in your wardrobe? Are any of them a “new” trend?

Thanks for reading and have a great day!


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  1. Lori McClintick
    February 1, 2018 / 5:19 am

    I really like your hat, necklace, and top in the first picture. Where did you purchase them? You look especially beautiful in that outfit.

    • Jennifer
      February 1, 2018 / 7:44 am

      Thanks Lori. They’re all quite old. It’s a dress from several years ago. I’ll look for a link.

      • Amy
        February 1, 2018 / 8:13 am

        Do you have any suggestions or guidelines for selecting a hat? I need a sporty one as well as one that I can dress up or even wear poolside.

        • Jennifer
          February 1, 2018 / 11:11 am

          Try lots on until you find a shape you like. Pay attention to what brim looks best on your face. I like fedoras and hats with flat brims. Price doesn’t make a better hat.

  2. Roxanne
    February 1, 2018 / 5:54 am

    Jennifer, that first picture is FANTASTIC! You look so beautiful and glamorous!! Love, love, love.

    I’ve always heard the same thing about trends when they come around the second time. I wouldn’t think of wearing a miniskirt or go go boots again! But for accessories like jewelry, handbags, scarves, etc. I think those can be resurrected so I tend to hang on to them. What is your read on the big statement necklaces that were popular about 3 years ago? Save for later or wear now? I’ve noticed long necklaces seem to be popular right now. I am in full clean out mode…I’ve decided if I can’t fit in a pair of pants now, I probably won’t ever. Even though my weight is the same as always and I work out, thanks to menopause my shape has changed. My mother used to say “ I still have an hourglass figure, but the sand shifted”!

    • Jennifer
      February 1, 2018 / 7:48 am

      Thanks Roxanne:) I’m holding onto my statement necklaces if they’re special. They’re still popular but seem on the back end of the trend. They don’t take up much space so worth keeping. My sand shifted up to my tummy! So not fair. It feels so good to clean out stuff. You’ll find treasures you forgot you had.

  3. Janet
    February 1, 2018 / 5:58 am

    I missed the sequins too. I may have walked by thinking it was more evening wear. I need to unstick that old thinking!

    I thought I would try the cold shoulder look but I didn’t, thinking the look wouldn’t last and frankly I thought I would be cold, and cover it up with a sweater.

    I am also limited in how many trends I can buy because many aren’t suitable for my workplace/role.

    I like everything you are wearing and would wear them all!

    • Jennifer
      February 1, 2018 / 7:52 am

      Cold shoulder tops came and went very fast in my wardrobe. They just weren’t me. If it feels goofy or uncomfortable I pass on it. Sequins in small doses are so fun.

  4. Diana
    February 1, 2018 / 7:23 am

    I too, wonder about the life span of trends. Take the leopard/cheetah print that started as a fad to trend to now a staple. I also try not to allow myself to become a slave to the commercialization of the fashion industry, where they’d have you buy more and more all the time. Tassels and earrings I can live with. Sequins just don’t go well with my life style. I’d be catching them on everything. You look great, pulling them all off really well.

    • Jennifer
      February 1, 2018 / 7:58 am

      It’s important to know and wear what feels authentic to us. I didn’t start wearing black until my mid 30’s because it felt too old on me. Ditto with leopard in my late 30’s. Earrings are an easy way to dabble without a big commitment.

  5. Joanna
    February 1, 2018 / 7:45 am

    Some trends come and go before I even jump on that band wagon. Gawd! I just dated myself in that statement. Lol! But, some stay like skinny jeans. I was a year behind that trend but they are still going strong. I don’t think women are going to give up their skinnies because they look so good with tall boots and booties. Others..I never do try. If I figure they are going to be short lived, then I’m not investing in them. I’m happy to hear tassels are in. I bought the cutest sandals at Nordstrom last year and didn’t get much wear out of them so I’ll be pulling those babies out. ????

  6. Diane
    February 1, 2018 / 9:02 am

    You look especially glamorous in the photo today!! Your outfit is a classic!! Keep everything. I resisted the destructed jean look and the frayed hem jean look until recently. I felt they were a fad that would fade quickly. I finally tried some on and they are so much fun adding a low-key/trendy vibe to my pretty conservative wardrobe. Not sure if they are here to stay, but they are fun to add to one’s wardrobe. I never bought into the cold shoulder look mostly because I am very narrow through the shoulders and they looked silly on me. Another look I stay away from is the large bell shaped sleeve look popular now. Again it is not for me and how do you keep them out of your dinner plate. One more look I stay away from is the mule slip on shoe. I have a hard time keeping them on my feet. So I just pass right by those in the store. I like this post and am glad you addressed it!

    • Jennifer
      February 1, 2018 / 11:14 am

      Thank you. I only like bell sleeves that are short enough to stay out of food:) I felt my shoulders were too broad for cold shoulder tops!! I do like mules but am very selective and choose ones with a higher vamp so they stay on my feet.

    • Susan
      February 1, 2018 / 11:51 am

      Re mules: me too! I literally kick them off as I walk. It’s embarrassing to lose one crossing the street and have to go back and pick it up while cars are waiting.

      • Jennifer
        February 1, 2018 / 6:20 pm

        Lol. That would be tough

  7. Lynn
    February 1, 2018 / 9:16 am

    I don’t usually jump on a trend right away unless it’s something I really like. My style is classic casual now that I’m retired and I bring interest by using colour or adding fun accessories. I like the statement earrings if I can find ones that are not heavy. My ear lobes seem to be shifting along with everything else and I can’t wear a larger earring unless it’s really light LOL! I really enjoy your blog and that you address issues lots of us are facing as we age gracefully.

    • Jennifer
      February 1, 2018 / 11:16 am

      Sometimes a trend needs to be around awhile before I decide I like it. It took awhile for me to embrace block heels and now I love them! I’m with you on the earrings. Won’t wear heavy ones.

  8. beth byrd
    February 1, 2018 / 10:30 am

    Fun post today! I wasn’t crazy about leggings, but I finally broke down and purchased some. Love them!! However, I don’t think they were meant to wear as pants and am very careful about having “proper” coverage. I love scarves and wear one almost every day. They are an easy and inexpensive way to add a trending color to my wardrobe.

    You look amazing in that first photo!

  9. Susan
    February 1, 2018 / 11:47 am

    Hi! Agree — fun post today! Love the big earrings and a bit of sequins. I saw your mention of bell sleeves. How do you manage with them? I’m always getting them in food, caught in my purse zipper, etc. I also feel like they add width to my silhouette where I DON’T need it. I love released hem jeans, a godsend to us tall gals, whose jeans are often ankle-length whether we want them to be or not. It seems like the late 60s Woodstock peasant look is back in tops — what do you think?

    • Jennifer
      February 1, 2018 / 6:19 pm

      I agree they’re back. I never wore them
      them so will skip them this time too. My taste has changed but I still haven’t embraced boho. Perhaps because those tops make me look bigger than I am.

  10. February 1, 2018 / 12:57 pm

    I’m glad statement earrings are still here. I caught on late last year and so want to wear the ones that I finally bought.

  11. Lesia Stallings
    February 1, 2018 / 1:19 pm

    love it

  12. Cathy
    February 1, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    Love the outfit, you look amazing! I’m usually late to embrace trends. I’m rocking skinny jeans right now and I’m not giving them up. The one accessory I’ve always had was scarves. I love them, years ago when I had limited income and made most of my clothes I stuck to solids. I could add a scarf to dress my outfits up. I still have scarves from the 70’s.

    • Jennifer
      February 1, 2018 / 6:22 pm

      Scarves are magical! They make everything look more polished. I can never have too many scarves.

  13. February 2, 2018 / 6:51 am

    Beautiful photos today and great topic. I had a friend tell me I was trendy and I asked her what trendy means? Isn’t everything a trend. I think if it is a detail it is a trend. Bell sleeves are a trend, flared jeans are a trend. One trend may out shine another for a short time but they always come back. Or really never go away. Happy Friday! Cheryl

    • Jennifer
      February 2, 2018 / 8:37 am

      Thanks Cheryl! Happy Friday and have a great weekend.

  14. Julie,Melbourne,Australia
    February 2, 2018 / 2:32 pm

    You got me thinking…… My constants are jeans(various shades),black leggings,pants/trousers in black,navy and white and always having something red in my wardrobe.I also love shoes and handbags/purses with bows and I wear them whether they’re on “trend” or not.I have a favourite cream beaded necklace with an elephant that I wear every summer that is probably on “trend” now because it would go well with “boho” tops.If I love something I keep it forever.

    • Jennifer
      February 2, 2018 / 4:31 pm

      I’m the same way Julie! Accessories, like great style, doesn’t have an expiration date.

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