As a self-professed addict, I tend to pay attention to the latest cloth diapering trends. I like to have the latest and greatest fluff. I want to try everything: cloth diapers, cloth diapering accessories, and all the manufacturers, including WAHM diapers. I study the latest cloth diapering trends with more fascination than I ever had for Vogue.
It seems like the greatest place to spot cloth diapering trends is Etsy and Hyena Cart. At least, when it comes to prints. These smaller businesses are more able to set and follow cloth diapering trends: they can decide on the fly what colors and patterns to use since they do it all, from the designing, the buying, the sewing, and right down to the shipping. They decide how many to make. Every decision is in her hands.
That’s pretty powerful when you think about it.
That being said, there are some cloth diapering trends that I just don’t get. The biggest one? Chevron prints.
It seems that there are a plethora of WAHM diapers that are being made with the chevron print. It’s also showing up on cloth diapering accessories like diaper clutches, diaper bags, changing pads and covers, and more.
On one hand, I suspect that perhaps that trend (and the fact that it’s showing up in more mainstream things like iPhone cases) has to do with the trend of throwing things back to the 1970’s and 1980’s. Maybe the people who love the chevron print are fans of the period.
But when I look at it, I don’t see clean lines and contrast. I’m actually reminded of the afghans my grandma used to crochet. She made dozens of them over her lifetime. Some were throws, some were big enough to fit a king size bed, and others were a size in between. Sure, they were warm and well made. My sisters still have some of them. However, I never thought that they were particularly lovely to look at… and that’s because I never quite felt the love of the chevron pattern. Then, of course, there’s what the word means to me. I associate the word chevron with gas stations and with Stargate SG-1. (Yes, I’m a geek.) I don’t think about fabrics or cloth diapering trends.
Are you a fan of the chevron? What do you think about the 1970’s and 1980’s design trends that are returning in style?