Ok, I’ll admit it: I wore dad jeans many years ago. Skinny jeans annoyed me, but I bought a pair of these “cigarette sticks,” and people remarked how good they looked. They worked because I have no butt. Just a back that goes down to my thighs. (I come from a line of “butt-less” ancestors.)

Now the millennials are getting rid of skinny jeans! Why? Because each generation must differentiate itself from the prior era.

As an architect, I know what looks stylish one moment will be replaced — not by something new, but from the past. Fashion is less linear, more circular.

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Kevin Ervin Kelley, AIA

Kevin Ervin Kelley, AIA

I’m a retail architect that studies human behavior, perception, and decision-making. I’m fascinated with the intersection of where commerce and community meet.