One of the distinct advantages of being middle aged is having seen so many trends come and go that I no longer feel the need to follow any of them. It doesn’t matter if it’s a decorating trend, a new clothing fad, or a new food that all the best chefs are crazy about, I’m not jumping on the bandwagon unless I actually like it.
When I was in younger, I did tend to follow new trends, believing that what was new and wonderful today would stay that way well into the future. Young people can be very naive that way. I can remember when I thought white zinfandel was the best wine, popcorn ceilings were cool, huge floral borders were pretty, and worst of all, that I actually looked good with my hair permed. (I didn’t…see photo below.) It’s cringe-worthy now, but at one time it was all very much in style.
I’m not so easily fooled these days. Chefs may be putting fried eggs on everything from hamburgers to salads, but that doesn’t mean I have to order them. I still believe fried eggs are for breakfast, to be served with toast and bacon. And while I enjoy bacon, I only eat it with the afore-mentioned eggs, in a sandwich, on a pizza, or occasionally on a cheeseburger (for those times when I want to consume a week’s worth of calories in just one meal.) Just because it’s become trendy to put bacon in everything from jam to ice cream doesn’t mean it belongs there. I remember spending hours in the dressing room during my early twenties, trying to stuff my pear-shaped figure into the stylish “boy-cut” jeans. Now leggings and ultra-tight jeans are in style, but I don’t waste my time trying to find a pair that looks good on my chubby little legs. Straight-cut is still good enough for me.
I’ve lived long enough to know that I have the right to evaluate each and every new trend that comes down the pike, and to only join in when I want to. Those of us who are middle-aged remember the avocado-colored appliances, the sunken living rooms and the “flocked” Christmas trees of our youth, so we know that just because something is called new and stylish, it isn’t necessarily in good taste. We’re still free to enjoy the trends we like. But when a new trend doesn’t suit us, we can just ignore it, knowing that it will be replaced by yet another fad soon enough. And this time, there won’t be any incriminating photos floating around.