Generation Z’s Unique Style

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Elana Sparks, Staff Writer

Gen Z is not afraid to stand out when it comes to fashion. This generation takes inspiration from past decades and creates their own unique style.

Streetwear is a style that came to popularity in the 1990s, and now it has come back with a modern twist. Chunky sneakers, bucket hats, and slender framed sunglasses have all returned from being out of style. Oversized clothing that looks straight out of a dad’s closet is trendy, and Nike Cortez’s are in season. All of this is thanks to Gen Z’s fashion.

Thrifting is a trend that encourages the popularity of vintage clothing from brands like Guess, Moschino, and Calvin Klein. Depop is the main source for thrifted clothes. It is a shopping app that lets you sell your wardrobe, somewhat like eBay or Etsy. Most clothes sold on Depop are considered trendy, making it a goldmine for someone in Gen Z.

Why are all of these fashion trends making a comeback? Influencers are the main cause of this. When influencers post selfies in brands such as Jaded London and The Ragged Priest, people are swayed to buy their clothing. Fashion trends also recycle themselves. Wanting to go back to a time where Doc Martens boots and slip dresses were in style is something many my age experience. 

Even though most of those in my generation were born in the early 2000s, there’s a strange feeling of wanting to go back in time. Perhaps it is because of our parents who lived through the 90s. We would flip through old photo albums, seeing photos of them in brightly colored windbreakers and Stüssy, wishing we could have lived then. 

The odd feeling of nostalgia could be from the many icons in the 90s. Celebrities such as Kurt Cobain, Tupac, and Winona Ryder had a huge impact on fashion. Their impact was so substantial it has spread to present-day trends; however, not only celebrities from the 90s have impacted fashion. Many present-day celebrities have their influence.

Fashion is much more than slapping a brand name on a t-shirt and buying what sneakers are in season. It is a form of self-expression without having to say a word. Gen Z takes advantage of that.