All the rage with the kids, funny-shaped, brightly colored Silly Bandz are this generation’s answer to the slap bracelet. Modelina.com recently reported that even the fashion crowd has taken to the craze–both Henry Holland and Agyness Deyn have begun collecting.
Slap bracelets aside, the whole trend is very reminiscent of those rubbery rave bracelets that kids used to wear in stacks. The difference this time around? You don’t have to been an angsty teenager or have matching neon hair to try it out. In order to get to the bottom of this phenomenon, we talked to a girl named Morgan, who is in her twenties and collects Silly Bandz with her friends.
It turns out that Silly Bandz aren’t that new. Morgan says that she first heard about them around Christmas of 2009 when her mom gave her some. She says they that although they used to be hard to find nowadays you can get them almost anywhere, like the drug store or in the mall. A pack will run you anywhere between $1.99 and $5.99. There are some shapes known as “rares” which are the most sought-after and hardest to find.
People who collect Silly Bandz wear them stacked on as bracelets–not only to show off how many they have collected, but also to compare with other rabid fans. Morgan says they’re great conversation starters, but she usually only wears her rares. (The rest are stored in a plastic baggy at home.)
We’re curious: Have you embraced the Silly Bandz trend?