For many fashionistas my age, it’s pretty common to get strange looks, especially from elders. Scanning my outfits from head to toe, their locked gazes of judgment do nothing but boost my confidence. Along with elders, many previous generations, in general, tend to view Gen-Z’s fashion as extreme and overly expressive. Amongst the many fashion principles my generation unapologetically breaks, the following concepts have begun to normalize: binary fashion, unconventional accessories, luxury loungewear, and viewing fashion as an art form.
As sexual education and gender fluidity becomes more known at a younger age, we directly see an impact on the fashion industry. By rejecting these labels, the younger generation has redefined fashion as a whole. This becomes even clearer with stores that revolve around the idea of being gender-free. In addition, model, actor, and skateboarder Evan Mock exemplifies the perfect example of this broadened idea of gender-fluid fashion.
When it comes to accessorizing, my generation does not play around. From insanely high, platform boots, to excessively long sleeves, many details are exaggerated excessive to intensify every outfit.
Transforming The Idea of Loungewear:
What once was seen as lazy, and unkept, is now seen as luxurious and put together. With this generation increasing the value of sweat pants and sweatshirts, brands like Supreme and Bape have taken this demand to the next level. Not to mention, the insane value of Nike’s Jordan sneakers, these gym shoes are worn in situations other than on the court. The concept that loungewear could be seen as put together is so fascinating, it’s created an entire community of its own.
Viewing Fashion as an Art Form:
This is something that really came to my attention whilst moving to the very much densely populated city of Chicago. Within the many things Gen-Z does unapologetically in fashion, my biggest takeaway is how we view it as an art form. The extreme way we utilize it to express how we feel separates us from any previous generation before.