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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


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

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

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

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

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.