This Year's Fads

updated 12/25/2006 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/25/2006 01:00AM

CROCS
They may not be much to look at, but the oh-so-comfy Crocs boast orthotic footbeds, an "advanced toe-box ventilation system" and a friendly $29.99 price tag. Which are just a few of the reasons why thousands of Americans joined devotees like Jared Leto and Teri Hatcher.

SKINNY JEANS
Striking fear in the hearts of, oh, any woman with hips, drainpipe jeans were all the rage among the Hollywood set. But not everybody was buying: Sales were flat outside of major cities.

SKULLS
The pirate emblem adorned everything from scarves to cashmere sweaters. Consider it celebrity accessory shorthand for "I have edge, dammit!"

GOING GREEN
From Al Gore's hit documentary An Inconvenient Truth to the Toyota Prius (right), everyone craved all things eco.

NEXT GENERATION VIDEO GAMES
Fans went nuts for Sony's $599 PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's $250 Wii, sleeping outside stores and shelling out hundreds above retail on eBay.

BREAKING UP ON FACEBOOK.COM
You've been dumped! By changing their dating status on online profiles, teens nationwide nixed their sweeties via the 'Net.

BLACK NAIL POLISH
Because nothing says "girly-girl" more than jet-black talons. Who knew that Jessica Simpson could be so goth?

T.M.X. ELMO
He slaps his leg, kicks his feet, giggles uncontrollably and causes mass hysteria. But with stores nationwide sold out, scoring the season's must-have Muppet was no laughing matter.

To see these, and more of the year's top viral videos, go to PEOPLE.COM/YOUTUBE

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