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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 May 3, 2013, at 1:29 p.m. ET

Via poisonparadise.com

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

Start: February 2012

End: April 2012

Length: 2 months

2. Peplums

Start: August 2012

End: Still going strong

Length: 9 months

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3. Platform pumps

Start: December 2010

End: September 2011

Length: 9 months

4. Gladiator sandals

Start: May 2008

End: June 2009

Length: 1 year, 1 month

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5. Nail art

Start: July 2011

End: December 2012

Length: 1 year, 5 months

6. Kitten heels

Start: September 2010

End: April 2012

Length: 1 year, 7 months

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7. Skinny jeans

Start: December 2007

End: December 2009

Length: 2 years

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8. Fringe

Start: September 2008

End: February 2011

Length: 2 years, 5 months

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9. Sequins

Start: December 2004

End: December 2011

Length: 7 years

10. Leopard print

Start: October 2010

End: December 2012 (but could make a comeback)

Length: 2 years, 2 months

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11. Harem pants

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.

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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