1. The Trend Story

Nothing kills a trend like an article about it. A piece in the New York Times Style Section is enough to make you want to dump everything in your closet in a Salvation Army bin and wear nothing but sweats and Air Force 1s for the rest of your life. Just think about an aging, suburb-dwelling editor in a newsroom somewhere trying to put his fat, wrinkled finger on the “pulse”, asking himself, “What’s hip with the kids these days?” The answer is the opposite of whatever he comes up with. These articles attempt to coin phrases and trace the cultural etymology of popular trends so that your grandparents can understand them, stripping away any semblance of cool in the process. So long, skater chic.