Well, why? Because we want to be current, up-to-the-minute, super-fashion-forward? Everyone makes fun of people who "blindly follow the trends" but it is nearly impossible not to buy into some trend or another, intentionally or otherwise. Perhaps this is because virtually everything can now be considered "trendy": clothes from cheap trendy mall stores like Forever 21 and H&M, clothes from thrift stores, clothes from designer stores. It's altogether impossible for someone very interested in clothes to avoid every trend, because just about anything can be considered "trendy".
In my case, I feel compelled to wear trends not because I feel the need to be the most fashion forward person on the internet (it's totally effortless, actually) but because my aesthetic is constantly changing. Maybe it's because I'm a teenager, because I'm relatively new to fashion, blah blah blah, but I find myself liking something that's trendy because I see it a lot. Not too much, or it's kind of a turn off, but enough so I feel differently about said item of clothing. For example, when I first saw skinny jeans I was like, wtf are you wearing Lindsay Lohan (this was in 7th grade or so, and the magazine was Teen People). But after seeing them a few more times, I was like, wow those are actually really cool-looking. And (at this point) I'd never seen a single person wearing them in real life, so I knew I had to get myself some. Another example would be leggings as pants. Leggings are simply not pants, I once could be heard saying. But then... ahaha. And now some peepz a mi escuela consider leggings-as-pants to be my signature.
This is not to say I automatically like something because it is trendy, but a lot of the time I find myself liking it because I have grown to like the way it looks over time. Also, seeing something styled a different way can make me see it differently and make me like something that I had disliked in previous situations. One example would be Erin Wasson. And then of course there's the fact that trendy items are more likely to show up in stores. A few years ago, it was quite difficult to find a leather jacket for under $100, real or faux. I wouldn't have a leather jacket if they weren't trendy, but that doesn't mean I only like them because they're trendy; it has more to do with the fact that their trendiness puts them in my price point.
This is just something I've been thinking about lately that I thought I'd write about. And while this is intended to be serious, remember guys, I do like to include the occasional sarcastic remark....♥