My love of trends knows no bounds — not even my allegiance to denim is safe from the ebbs and flows of fickle fashion. I experimented with skinny jeans when they hit the market my senior year of college, squeezing my way into the binding like a sausage and wearing them religiously through their heyday. Then, I did exactly the opposite when flares were back on shelves in just a few seasons, finding the widest bells that pooled out over my shoes, making footwear irrelevant for much of 2011 and 2012. Most recently, I've adopted cropped denim as my uniform of 2016 and 2017 in wider cuts or slim-cropped flares. So, when I say I follow trends, you can look at the jeans I'm wearing to tell I'm serious.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, there are women (god love 'em) who are loyal to one cut and one single silhouette for seasons. They know what looks good on their bodies and they stick to it. Or, the women who lightly dip their toes into the trends, never tossing their beloved styles completely, but experimenting just enough to keep things interesting. So, here's my theory: jeans may just be the single greatest indicator of how trendy you are. They signal to the world in your most basic outfits (jeans and a t-shirt) if you're obsessed with what's new or simply know and love what works. If you want to get to the bottom of your style status, just answer this one question.