Which Fashion Trend Lasted The Longest?

Hair chalking, nail art, sequins — find out which had the longest life, and which are heading for obsolescence. posted on

Fashion is fickle, but some trends last longer than others. BuzzFeed used Google Trends to estimate the lifespans of fashion fads. Google Trends measures how many people are searching for a particular term on a scale from 0 to 100. We counted from the point when a fad passed 50 — the halfway mark of popularity — til the point it hit 100 and began dropping. Below, 11 recent trends from shortest-lived to longest:

1. Hair chalking

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Start: February 2012
End: April 2012

Length: 2 months

2. Peplums

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Start: August 2012
End: Still going strong

Length: 9 months

3. Platform pumps

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Start: December 2010
End: September 2011

Length: 9 months

4. Gladiator sandals

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Start: May 2008
End: June 2009

Length: 1 year, 1 month

5. Nail art

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Start: July 2011
End: December 2012

Length: 1 year, 5 months

6. Kitten heels

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Start: September 2010
End: April 2012

Length: 1 year, 7 months

7. Skinny jeans

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Start: December 2007
End: December 2009

Length: 2 years

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8. Fringe

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Start: September 2008
End: February 2011

Length: 2 years, 5 months

9. Sequins

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Start: December 2004
End: December 2011

Length: 7 years

10. Leopard print

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Start: October 2010
End: December 2012 (but could make a comeback)

Length: 2 years, 2 months

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11. Harem pants

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Start: May 2010
End: None in sight

Length: 3 years

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The average length of fashion trends above (excluding those still going on) is about 2 years. Which means peplums have a little over a year left — and when it comes to harem pants, all bets are off.

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