Saturday, August 28, 2010
Question: How long do you keep magazines?
I ask because I recently spent a good couple of weeks pawing through 10 years' — an actual entire decade — worth of cooking magazines.
Glossy periodicals are my guilty pleasure. I adore them. Subscriptions range for everything from Teen Vogue (which I got for free when I bought something from Wet Seal and then I ended up springing for the $6 subscription because I, um, like it) to Elle and Harper's Bazaar to People Stylewatch and Lucky. W arrives at my house, too, although for the life of me, I don't get that thing. Us magazine even started showing up. That I'm not proud of, but it was free. My husband says that was too much.
Most magazines, I hang onto for a few months and then pass along with two exceptions: I keep a year's worth of Lucky and Stylewatch. It's fun to look back and see what I had to have and what was en vogue months ago. Interestingly, I just was thumbing through 2009's Lucky mags for November and December, and guess what? Not a lot has changed from then to now. Lace-up boots popped up as did thigh-high boots. Ponchos were featured along with chunky sweaters. Even asymmetrical hemlines showed up last year. It's all stuff we're seeing right now, looming on the fall/winter horizon.
So now I'm thinking I'll pick a month of a particular publication and hang onto that same month from year to year as a fashion experiment. It'll be interesting to see first-hand just how cyclical fashion is.