You know what they say, “What goes around comes around.” You may not have thought of it fitting in the fashion context, but it surprisingly does.
Fashion is an aesthetic expression with a statement. It comes back in a new avatar every 20 years or more with slight variations.
People do love a change but just as history repeats itself, so does fashion. Gen Z fashion is characterized by comfort and convenience rather than appropriate looks, tight-fitting clothes, and high-end brands and fashion houses.
Fashion trends are often inspired by icons of the times like influential singers, contemporary actors, and even fashion influencers, for that matter. The Zoomers prioritize comfort by rummaging through these old looks and set precedents for new emerging style trends. These trends are either inspired by the old looks or the same fashion may have been altered slightly to suit the present generation’s needs.
The Millennials reminisce about their adolescent times and think about the days when they wore these outfits and seem to mock the teens who usually disgust them with wardrobe choices they believe are too outrageous. Gen Z is trying to draw comfort from the nostalgic fashion trends and vintage-motivated style equations.
Here is a list of the fashion trends brought back by Gen Z and adapted to suit the present need. Take a look!
Gear up for StreetWear
Funky streetwear is probably a nightmare for the older generation. While you may think that you are rocking the street look, your grandmother may not share the same opinion. You may have to disappoint your beloved grandmother regarding your fashion choices.
Streetwear is a craze among the Zoomers. A variety of selections are available that are a blend of street and privilege to help you achieve the perfect look. Rebranding the street look is as good as it gets. Cozy oversized jackets, loose pants, and baggy shirts are the trends of today.
You may want to consult Billie Eilish for some fashion tips to get you to wear clothes that are as sporty as her. The hip-hop fashion of the 90s has also revived the trend significantly. You might as well say that fashion has gone rogue.
Vintage is the New Rage
The first thought that pops up when we think of vintage is authentic, real clothing that is not a poor imitation of the classic dresses popular back then.
Gen Z fashion is all about recycling reclaimed clothes to be worn as the embodiment of sustainability, giving a sense of identity to the wearer.
Vintages are primarily sourced from thrift stores that the teens love so much. For them, thrifting is not just shopping, and it is a way of life.
Zoomers say they get an adrenaline rush at the thought of thrifting through a vintage store as it not only rescues clothes being thrown into the garbage pile but also gives people an accessible way to shop for pre-owned clothes. You probably didn’t see that one coming!
Fall in love with Retro Sunglasses
The sunglasses popular in the 60s and 70s have been making the rounds again. You can blame the Kardashians for having brought the vintage-inspired “mini sunglasses” back into vogue.
These petite frames make for a chic accessory. They come in unique shapes and shades and are a requirement if you want to perfect the urban street look.
Be it oval glasses, angular, or the sappy heart-shaped ones, we have to admit that they are a fantastic buy and uplift the overall finished look. These past few years, there has also been a surge in the popularity of cat-eye frames and super fragile rectangular glasses.
Follow the footsteps of the legendary Beetles member John Lennon, Kylie Jenner, Rihanna, Gigi Hadid, and Selena Gomez. Make sure you get the glasses that complement and fit your face.
Cracking the quintessential ugly shoes- Crocs
You may think that crocs are an unlikely choice of footwear, but many beg to differ. Those boat-shaped shoes are perhaps the most loved and most hated footwear of all time.
The seasonal shifts in fashion trends do not seem to have slowed this iconic footwear’s rising progress. They are an unlikely fashion success story, one that we shall leave for another day.
So great was this nostalgic storm that it gave a new lease of life to Italian heritage label Fila. Its signature trademark of red, white, and blue shades has been garnering plenty of interest. Having focused its brand strategy on its century-long history has given the consumers something valuable and iconic.
Crocs are perfect for healthcare workers, culinary artists, and other professionals who have to stand on their feet for long hours. They fit the purpose while also being a unique fashion understatement.
Once an uncool footwear, this is now being promoted by Christopher Kane, Post Malone, Alife, Pleasures, Balenciaga, and Justin Bieber. This new rage shows no signs of slowing down, and it’s been three years since its era first came by.
Every generation of people have their own fashion styles and suitable apparel that they are comfortable with. We need to keep this in mind. The younger generation needs to stop mocking the millennials’ preferences, and the older generation needs to stop being judgemental and criticizing every Gen Z trend that they don’t deem appropriate.
Dumb internet feuds fuel only hatred, including the most recent one in February 2021.
Everything in your life is constant, but change is the only progress we make. These trendy fashion changes are just those. They define comfort and sustainability over millennial attributes of functionality and quality.