How do you know what’s a fad, trend or a classic piece?

According to the dictionary, a fad is; a temporary fashion, notion, manner of conduct,etc., especially one followed enthusiastically by a group.

A trend is; style or vogue.

A Classic is; of the first or highest quality, class, or rank.

What should we strive for?  Does it matter?

I like to jump on fads if I’m feeling it.  I’d call the bell sleeve thing that’s popping up on all the insta’s now a fad.  I don’t think I’d invest in it because I’m pretty sure it would make me look a bit like a clown.  Of course, I’d have to try it on to make sure, but I don’t think I’d want to invest a lot of money in a shirt like that.  I’d hit up Forever 21 to find one of those since they’re not known for their lasting power.

Fashion Fad

MLM Label | Romanchic | F21 Overalls | Topshop Jacket | F21 Open-Shoulder Top |
Fendi Clutch

Now, if I’m talking about a trend, I’d say that the Gucci mule has kicked one off.  I’m starting to see knock-offs everywhere!  I’m also seeing other takes on a flat mule as well, not even trying to look like the Gucci one. This is something I’ve been thinking of investing in… not the Gucci ones, let’s be real here.  I’m thinking of this one from Sole Society.  I like how they have their own spin on it by allowing you to wear it as a loafer OR as a mule.  I worry that my toes might have to crunch up the whole time I’m wearing a mule to keep the darn thing on.  Anyone else do that?


F21 Dress | BP Blouse | Sam Edelman Mules | Diorever Purse |  Amanda & Chelsea Pants

Another thing to think about when you’re getting all caught up in this, do I buy into a fad or trend is how it makes you feel.  I know this is a little odd, but hear me out.  Take the off the shoulder trend…  I watched this for a while, wondering if it would be a fad or a trend.  When it looked like it was a trend because it lasted beyond one season, I decided to go for it.  I bought a couple of them, starting with the less expensive red dress.  As time continued on, there were many more choices, which allowed me to bulk up my collection.  

I do know this — I like the feeling I get when I wear those off the shoulder shirts.  I like that other women complement my choice of clothing, I like the way it makes me feel, it’s like it enhances my confidence, and I think the off the shoulder is a sexy look — when you keep it just that.  See, the reason I have the peach off the shoulder shirt in the “fads” image is because it’s too much — it doesn’t need ruffles.  Keep it just the one look, don’t combine.  Same with the Topshop jacket — have either gingham OR the big sleeves, not both at the same time — there’s simply too many things to take in at once.

If I’m on the fence about a fad or trend, I’ll browse Forever 21 to see if they have the item.  And then, more importantly, try it on to see how it fits me.  There are a ton of fads I haven’t jumped on because they look utterly terrible on me.  Anything with a high collar and frilly is a B A D look on me.  If I had pics of it, I would totally post them because they would give you all a huge chuckle.  That’s how bad it looks on me!

Beyond the fads and trends is classic.  These are pieces that have been around forever and will continue to until we’re probably dead.  (Unless people start wearing astronaut suits or something crazy like that.)  Fashion that screams classic to me are trench coats, biker/moto jackets, Chanel tweed, LBD, tote bag, and a classy pair of pumps.  Lots of people would recommend you get all these as your basics.  You can, these things never go out of style.


Dress The Population LBD | Madwell Tote | Burberry Trench | Chanel Tweed |
Steve Madden Pumps

Sometimes you’ve gotta spend more to keep them around longer, and in those cases it’s worth it!  Remember, on these big ticket items don’t have a heart attack on the price — think in terms of cost per wear.  If you wear it for the next 10 – 15 years, which you could with the Burberry trench, that brings the price down considerably!  I think in law they call that post hoc rationalization.  😉

So give a fad or a trend a try to see how it makes you feel.  If you see that smile staring back at you from the dressing room mirror, then I say you get it.  There’s nothing better than something that makes you feel so great you smile at yourself.  What do you guys think?  Do you jump on the fad wagon or the trend one?  Does price matter to you?

2 Comments on Fashion Fad, Trend or Classic?

  1. Michele W.
    April 17, 2017 at 2:26 pm (8 months ago)

    My favorite pieces are the “over the top” pieces! 😀 What does that say about me? On another note, it is helpful to know which ones are the classics and would be a good investment.

    • Tori
      April 17, 2017 at 8:43 pm (8 months ago)

      HA HA HA! Hey, I feel like you should go with whatever you want to. If you’re pulled to the over the top/fads, go for it! You do you. They are the ones that are more fun and flirty sometimes. 🙂


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