These Trends Never Die, According to 3 Generations of Women


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There's this thing I like to call "trend whiplash." It's basically the jolt of a trend's sudden onslaught and even more sudden departure, and it brings a lot of uncertainty into the mix for me when I want to shop for a cute bag or a new pair of shoes. How can I predict the shelf life of my potential purchase before I take the plunge? Here at Who What Wear, we go out of our way to share insight into the shelf life of certain trends, like which shoe trends to ditch and on the other hand, which pieces our editors have worn and loved for years.

Today I'm taking a look at the trends that three generations of women in my family—my grandmother, my mom, and my sister and I—have unanimously loved. After 70 years of wearing these heirloom clothing items, I think it's safe to say that if these trends have proven to be relevant for all of us, they'll truly never bite the dust.

If I haven't made it overwhelmingly clear yet, I have a soft spot for secondhand, especially vintage, clothing. So I was thrilled when a few months back, my grandmother bestowed a plethora of her best-kept clothing, bags, and accessories upon me. I'm over the moon to give new life to items like her vintage Fendi baguette bag and a handful of printed silk scarves from designers like Hermès and Henri Bendel. Below I'm sharing how I'm styling my newly inherited pieces to prove just how much staying power these trends really have.

Logo bags are a sure bet


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My grandmother acquired Fendi's Zucca Baguette bag in the '70s when Karl Lagerfeld was at the helm of the Italian fashion house. The style was popular then for its sophisticated palette of muted earth tones, but today I'm favoring the bag's logo print, styling it with jeans and platform sneakers like a true Hypebae.


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Leopard print truly never goes out of style


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It's funny to say that leopard print is necessarily a "trend" because I like to think of it as more of a classic. But the print is gearing up to be a major one for F/W 18, and I'm pretty excited to style this LaPlaca family original bomber jacket.

Three generations of women in my family adore beaded bags


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It seems that the women in my family all have amazing taste when it comes to their bag collections. Growing up, I remember my mom wearing this delicately beaded bag to her events.

Silk scarves are definitely worth stocking up on


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On a particular visit home, I left with a huge bag of printed silk scarves my grandmother was giving away. I wear them constantly because the styling ideas are endless—So far I've worn this blue-and-white one tied as a belt, alone as a tube top, and tied up in my hair.


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Chain belts lend a vintage appeal


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I've grown to love this ornate chain belt because it adds something special to any outfit I wear it with.

Next up, see how one $35 top saved my summer-to-fall wardrobe.

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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.