Fashions, trends and classics – what do these fashion terms mean?


    Fashion can be a capricious world. Some come and go quickly. Some stay for a short visit and some become our new best friends.

    When you understand how fashion works, you can learn to make smarter fashion choices.

    Fashions are fads that come and go quickly, usually over the course of a season or year. These are styles that appeal to a small group of women. Mainly intended for young people, they are repeated in long cycles. Younger women see them as something new to experience while older women say they’ve been there, have done it, and usually ignore them the second or third time around. Military styles are an example of trendy fashion.

    Tendencies are modes that stay for a short stay, on average three years but can stay a few more years like visitors who decide to extend their stay with you. The first year will be the most outgoing and dramatic version of fashion. It will be slightly attenuated in the coming years. Its stay depends on retail sales.

    An example of this is the current color blocking trend, which is in its second year. Skirts short in front and long in back are another. This trend is in its later stages as it is getting very conservative with only a tiny variation between the front and back hemline to entice older women to embrace the trend.

    Classics are favorite styles that have been around for many, many years. They have become classics because their styles suit most women. These include the princess line from the armhole, the pencil skirt, the draped and hooded necklines and the button-front business suit. They can get boring and feel like a dull woman stuck in a time warp. To get the most out of them today, they should either be a base on which modern tops or jackets are added, or be made in interesting fabrics or with slight variations in style.

    Modern classics start as Trends. Their sales are skyrocketing as women of all ages, shapes and sizes embrace them. Designers for the retail market are winners. Crossover tops, princess lines starting from the middle of the shoulders and draped jackets are examples. They’ve become modern classics because they can be reinvented in slightly different, flattering variations year after year. Modern classic styles are not static. They keep evolving.

    Fashions are generally for extroverts. Trends start out for extroverts, then fade for introverts. Modern classics make extroverts and introverts feel and look great. Classics need modern additions to keep them from going out of style.

    Accessories like shoes and handbags also have Fads, Trends and Modern Classic variations.

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