Fashion can be a fickle 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.
The trends are fads that come and go quickly, usually over the course of a season or a year. These are styles that appeal to a small group of women. Primarily intended for young people, they are repeated in long cycles. Young women see them as something new to experience while older women say they have been there, have done it and usually ignore them the second or third time around. Military styles are an example of fashion.
Tendencies are fashions that stay for a short visit, on average three years but can stay a few more years like visitors who decide to extend their stay in your home. The first year will be the most outgoing and dramatic version of fashion. It will be slightly attenuated in the coming years. His stay depends on retail sales.
An example of this is the current color blocking trend which is in its second year. Another is the short front and long back skirts. This trend is dying as it becomes very conservative with only a tiny variation between the front and back hem to entice older women to join the trend.
Classics are favorite styles that have been around for many years. They have become classics as their styles suit most women. These include the princess line of the armhole, the pencil skirt, the draped and cowl neck necklines and the button-front business suit. They can get boring and feel like a dull woman stuck in time warp. To get the most out of them today, they must either be a base on which modern tops or jackets are added, or be made in interesting fabrics or made with slight variations in style.
Modern classics start as trends. Sales are skyrocketing as women of all ages, shapes and sizes embrace them. Designers for the retail market are on a winner. Wrap-around tops, princess lines in the middle of the shoulders, and draped jackets are examples. They have become modern classics because they can be reinvented in slightly different and flattering variations year after year. Modern classic styles are not static. They keep evolving.
Fashions are generally for extroverts. The trends start to be for extroverts and then fade for introverts. Modern classics make both extroverts and introverts feel and look great. Classics need modern additions to keep them from going out of fashion.
Accessories like shoes and handbags also have Fads, Trends and Modern Classic variations.