Something about my outfit just wasn’t right.
Was it the height of my socks? The cut of my jeans or sweater?
If you, like me, find yourself asking these questions, there’s a good chance you’re a millennial trying to wade through TikToks that shame your choice of jeans.
We’re not just getting dragged for our skinny jeans. Gen Z is letting us know our choices in socks, shirt cuts, neutral colours, and even buying new instead of used, are tired, outdated – and sometimes even offensive.
Every generation has a hard time keeping up with fashion trends, but Gen Z became the generation to define cool in the era of TikTok, when trends moved faster than ever.
As you let go of curling wands and slim fits, instead of getting overwhelmed (and having early 2000s flashbacks), try these stylists’ tips for embracing new trends while still being true to yourself.
Why is it so hard to get dressed in the morning?
It’s not just you. The rise of TikTok has led to trends changing so quickly that brands and consumers cannot keep up, said Stacey Widlitz, a retail analyst.
“Everything Gen Z consumes is driven by influencers,” she said. “As fast as something comes in is as fast as something can go out.”
As we stayed home in lockdowns, fashion also kept changing.
If you weren’t actively seeking out fashion content, “you missed it,” said Payton Dale, 32, a stylist, estimating that many people missed up to six different trend cycles over three years of the pandemic.
Read more: Nearly a third of Gen Z-ers want to dress more creatively, says Instagram report
Leave the skinny jeans behind.
We’ll get straight to it: It might finally be time to retire your skinny jeans.
Kelly Augustine, 37, a celebrity stylist