Lately we've had a lot of Polyvore members writing in to submit hot new trends to our Trend Spotter series of blogs posts. For example, BigTrender pointed out that brogue shoes are in, Allie Baby noticed that fingerless gloves a la Lady Gaga are all the rage, and MyChanel noticed that denim shirts are making a comeback.
Because the Polyvore community is so great at spotting (and creating!) fashion trends, we've decided to make it an official part of the site. After all, our mission is to empower YOU, the community, to define what's hot. So today we're launching a new feature that lets you create & vote on new trends.
Here's how it works --
When you publish a set, you'll be asked to enter a list of trends that your set represents. For example, let's say your set is a bohemian look that includes fringe boots and a brown leather jacket. You should enter trends like "bohemian", "fringe boots", "brown leather jacket". As you type the name of a trend, we'll try to help you out by suggesting other trends that are already popular on Polyvore.
When other people view your set, they'll be asked to vote on the trends in your set. They'll see an open poll that says "Spot a Trend?" on the right hand side of the page. Other people can also suggest new trends. The 20 most popular trends will be shown in your poll.
Here's a closeup of what the voting interface looks like for the set shown above:
And here's what it looks like after the votes have been collected:
So start creating and voting for trends! This feature is new & experimental, so please help us make it work by using it a lot. If, after a few weeks, it seems to be working well, we're going to promote the trends you've spotted all over Polyvore on the homepage, blog, and Explore page!