Generation Z, also lovingly known as Zoomers, are those born from 1996 onward. You might know them better through stereotypes like being into Tiktok and pop stars like Olivia Rodrigo, but they are so much more than that. Studies show that they are the most educated generation in the past century, as well as the most diverse and accepting of differences between people.
There is so much we can learn from Zoomers—not the least of which is how to dress stylishly and express ourselves through what we wear and through our lifestyle.
If you are looking to improve and update your personal style, here are some distinctly Generation Z fashion and lifestyle trends you can look into.
There is no better time than now to invest in some high-quality athleisure. The pandemic has conditioned us to prioritize comfort over everything else, but it doesn’t mean we can’t be stylish while doing so.
Athleisure is essentially a more trendy and upgraded version of workout clothes. That means you only need to look into matching T-shirt and shorts sets or coords. Or perhaps you can try bike shorts matched with oversized hoodies or crop tops. Gen Z fashion is marked by confidence, being casual, and sexier than previous generations, but doing so in a classy and comfortable way.
They say that fashion is cyclical and that trends come, go, and make a comeback as time goes on. One thing you will notice about Gen Z fashion trends is that they are very much reminiscent of the 1990s.
One of the trends from that era that are making a comeback in the 2020s is tiny glasses. They have proven to be divisive among fashion thought leaders and influencers—they either love it or hate it. But if you want to try your hand at this trend, opt for smaller and more round frames instead of the cat-eye ones that look a bit more outdated in 2021.
Braces are a procedure that doesn’t just improve your dental aesthetics but is very much needed to improve one’s dental health. But thankfully, braces with gold brackets are now available, which can help people express their personal style and uniqueness even through their braces.
Teeth accessories are also one of Zoomers’ fashion fixations, so if you find that you need to use braces for the foreseeable future, explore options that are more stylish instead of the boring metal ones that everyone uses. Your teeth will be corrected, and you will be rocking a Gen Z trend, too.
Early 2000s-inspired trends
Remember fashion being cyclical? The 2000s are also making a comeback, which means more emphasis on the following trends:
- Short skirts
- Different shades of pink
- Over-the-top and colorful plastic accessories
Think Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie on The Simple Life, and iconic films like Mean Girls and Bring It On. Think of tennis skirts, butterfly clips, and even those iconic Juicy Couture sweatsuits.
Since Zoomers are known for being the most accepting and diverse generation in the past century, it follows that this moving away from gender binaries will also influence the way they dress. Moving forward, gender-fluid clothes and unisex outfits will be all the rage in Gen Z trends, giving them the opportunity to dress in ways that are more in line with how they identify.
Another trend that you should watch out for if you want to dress like a Zoomer is ripped clothing. Rips, patches, and the general look of distress will be present in many trendy looks this fall and winter. Oversized pieces will also be enough to keep you warm as we enter the cooler months. Low-rise denim fits are also making a comeback, so don’t be afraid to explore styles of jeans that are outside of the more common straight-legged ones.
Bucket hats and tie-dyes
If you want to incorporate some more that’s into your closet this year, bucket hats are the way to go. Log on to any popular online fashion store, and you will be sure to come across bucket hats of different styles, but more specifically, tie-dyed ones. Tie-dye is also back in rotation, so give yourself the chance to experience this trend that first emerged in the 1970s.
No matter your age, you deserve to feel good in the clothes you wear. Explore these Gen Z trends to make yourself feel young and give yourself the confidence boost you need, and don’t be afraid to explore and experiment until you find a style that’s distinctly you.