Youth Trends

Many of our readers rely on us to deliver the most up and coming trends and hot topics to talk about with their kids. We now have 120 Trendspotter Interns and a set of forums on our private social network for our teen interns on youth trends.

We post the latest:

Top Teen and Tween Twitter Trend

Top Teen and Tween YouTube Video

Top Teen and Tween Google Trend

Fashion Trends

International Teen Trends

Teen Media Consumption Habits

The reason we post these trends is so that parents can stay up on what is happening in their kids lives and we think they make great table topics and bonding opportunities. Sending them a YouTube video you think they will like, talking to them about some news that they would be interested in is the best way to bond and build the relationship.

Customized Youth Trend Reports and Research:

We also provide many companies the other trends we find in the networks so they can stay up to date on youth.  We have thousands of teens, tweens and moms we reach out to on a daily basis and often do reports for companies all over the world.

We will also be posting some of the chatter going on in our forums for you to see. The forums are broken up as such:

Forums in Youth Trends:

  • Music and Entertainment Youth Trends
  • Social Networking and Web Youth Trends (Twitter, Youtube, Facebook, new networks…)
  • Fashion and Clothing Youth Trends
  • Other Youth Trends (Behavior or ideas)

Examples below…

Teen Fashion Trends: Summer 2009

royal purple dressTeen Fashion Trend of Summer 2009: 80’s

“Bold colors like royal purple/blue are being more often seen here as well (contrasting from the grays and dark colors I normally saw in the winter). Most likely the warmer weather are bringing back the brighter colors.”

Rachel is a 16-year-old born and raised in NYC.  She enjoys singing, debating, traveling and writing.  Her favorite subjects are English and Science; she wishes to pursue  a career in either of them in the future.


purple dress with embroidery

Royal purple/blue has bee n an “in” color since Fall/Winter 2009, since Pantone has predicted it for its new lineup. Fo r brighter colors, I am seeing a lot of aqua, yellow, hot pink/salmon, and pastels a s usual, but I’ve noticed some interesting patterns like patchwork and folk-style embroidery on sleeves and tops, as well as features that were popular on dresses last year being modified for tops and bottoms: ex. bubble hems now apparent on tops. *reads a few too many fashion blogs and trendsetting websites*”

Iris is a 16 year old from Fremont, CA. She enjoys creating through art, writing, and graphic design, researching anything that catches her eye, and hopes to combine everything she loves one day into a career.

“And bold, bright florals are definitely in. Floral shirts, floral skirts, floral purses, floral dresses.
floral skirtFloral everything.”

Kelsey is a crazy 17-year-old from Franklin, TN.  She loves writing, acting, and hanging out with friends.  Her favorite subject is English and she hopes to teach it herself when she gets older.


Vanessa Note: “I think the 80’s are coming back, we are seeing a huge movement in American Apparel type of streetwear, much like the 80’s”


“Also bright n
eonsneon american apparel, ’80s screen tees (often off the shoulder), lots of members only-esque motorcycle jackets, having a full wardrobe of American Apparel. I think leggings are fine, but only if the shirt covers your butt.”

Alexis is a 16-year-old aspiring actress from Armonk, NY. She loves to sing, act, learn new languages, travel, meet new people, and laugh.


Alot of people have started wearing looser clothes, like loose tops with bandeaus and off the shoulder shirts. Its also really easy to pair with leggings and tights and people wear belts to dress an outfit up too. More generic colors are making their appearance (i.e. white, brown, loose top belt and leggingsblack, beige. etc.) as well.”

Sofia is a 16-year-old from Los Angeles, CA.  She loves the beach, shopping, and enjoys studying psychology because she would like to become a psychologist when she is older.

Teen Hair Trend Summer 2009: Bangs and Braids


bangsI’m seeing a lot of bangs. I’m even ashamed to say that I jumped on the bandwagon and got bangs myself. I haven’t had them since I was six years old. Ten of thirteen of majorettes in my squad have them as well as many girls in my school.”

Gema is an 18-year old from Miami, FL. She loves reading and writing young adult fiction and claims to pass out in the presence of sterile wit.

braid“As far as hair goes, I’m seeing tons of braids. I love braiding my hair, and just a little while ago I realized that I’m definitely not the only one. Anyone with hair long enough to braid seems to be doing it lately – mostly just one single braid is the trend, but I tend to wear two braids just as often as one.”

Kelsey is a crazy 17-year-old from Franklin, TN.  She loves writing, acting, and hanging out with friends.  Her favorite subject is English and she hopes to teach it herself when she gets older.

braid on crown of head

“Braids along the crown of the hair a la the 1960″

Alexis is a 16-year-old aspiring actress from Armonk, NY. She loves to sing, act, learn new languages, travel, meet new people, and laugh.

Teen Shoe Trend Summer 2009: Jesus Sandals


This may or may not be just a local thing, but “Jesus sandals” are really in around my area. You know, those strappy sandals/flip flops that are also technically called thongs (but I’d rather not call them that because it might be misunderstood.) Some go with the plain brown colors, jesus sandalsbut a lot of girls buy the shiny, brightly colored pairs.

Kelsey is a crazy 17-year-old from Franklin, TN.  She loves writing, acting, and hanging out with friends.  Her favorite subject is English and she hopes to teach it herself when she gets older.


7/17/2009 Week Trends for Youth:

Google Search Trend:

Sports fans are curious about the confiscated videos of LeBron James being dunked during one of his camp sessions.

Twitter Trend:

Teens are talking about Sacha Baron Cohen’s new movie, Bruno. Some may recall Cohen’s performance as Borat in 2006.

YouTube Trend:

Famous YouTuber, Fred, has posted a new video and fans are already tuning in.
We also run focus groups for companies to comment on specific trends in music, fashion, entertainment and socialization.