I asked people at New York Fashion Week what millennial fashion trends need to disappear. This is what they said.
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Amanda Krause Sep 12, 2023, 6:29 AM AEST
- Members of Gen Z often argue that millennial style is cringey and not fashionable.
- So I asked New York Fashion Week attendees about millennial wardrobe staples.
- They shared the fashion trends they’d get rid of, and the ones they actually like.
One of the biggest debates between generations right now is whether millennial fashion is classic or cringey — so I took the question to New York Fashion Week.
Unfortunately, for those born between 1981 and 1996, members of Gen Z have decided that skinny jeans are outdated, side-part hairstyles look odd, and “going-out tops” are things of the past — much to the disagreement of many millennials.
So when I attended New York Fashion Week on Saturday, I figured it was the perfect time to ask fashionable people from both generations about their thoughts.
Their answers were mixed, to say the least.Advertisementhttps://37066e2946ab76466ae83b1319bea14b.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-40/html/container.html
Actor and style blogger Temi Otedola knew immediately which millennial fashion trend she’d get rid of.
“Skinny jeans,” she replied instantly while shaking her head.
Gen Z then collectively declared the death of skinny jeans around May 2023, leading men on TikTok to show off the straight-leg trousers and baggy pants they adopted in their place.
Still, many millennials have stood by their tight-fitting pants. Advertisement
TV personality Blake Newby said millennials need to be careful about what they’re wearing under their outfits.
“Improper undergarments are something that drives me nuts. We struggle with it,” she told Insider. “We must prioritize wearing the right undergarments for our looks.”
But as a millennial herself, there’s also one trend Newby stands by: wedges.
“This is going to be very controversial, but I think we should defend wedges — the right wedge done the right way,” she said.
And Newby might be onto something. One stylist who previously spoke with Insider about this summer’s footwear styles said wedges with unique details like straps and open backs could be “the hottest shoe trend for 2023.” Advertisementhttps://37066e2946ab76466ae83b1319bea14b.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-40/html/container.html
Fashion and beauty creator Hana Martin said she’s a millennial-fashion defender.
“I’m a Gen Z, but I really love millennial style,” Martin said. “I actually think I’m in with it.”
One trend she loves in particular is the the old-money aesthetic, which makes use of neutral-colored garments, classic prints (think houndstooth and stripes), and timeless fabrics like linen to evoke the image of being wealthy and having a chic lifestyle.
“The classy, elegant style is really in at the moment for Gen Z, and millennials are the OG of that. I love that trend,” she said.
As Martin noted, Gen Z influencers like Sofia Richie Grainge have catapulted the style in recent months. Millennials, however, were the first generation to look at icons like Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Princess Diana as old-school inspiration.
Influencer Amy Lefévre said there are two millennial styles that need to go.
“I’m really tired of the overly cropped tops, even cropped T-shirts,” she said. “And skinny jeans need to go. They never should have existed in the first place.”Advertisement
Dawn, a drag queen from Brooklyn, also had opinions on millennial pants.
“The worst is the high, high-waisted jeans. A nice mid-rise is really OK,” she said with a laugh.
Still, there is one denim style that Dawn says millennials have mastered.
“Are overalls millennial? I think so. I love an overall,” she said.Advertisement
Model Carmen Lee said she feels millennials are often more fashionable than Gen Z.
“The thing about millennials is that everything we have come up with is still in fashion to this day,” she said. “Gen Z is trying to implement all our fashion trends.”
Specifically, Gen Z has been reviving millennial-created trends that the older generation hates. So far, they’ve brought back ballet flats, low-rise pants, and the Fendi Baguette — all former style staples of millennials.
“There hasn’t been anything I’ve learned from Gen Z that I’m like, ‘Oh, that’s timeless.’ No honey,” she added.Advertisementhttps://37066e2946ab76466ae83b1319bea14b.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-40/html/container.html
Stylist Odera Nkem-Mmekam gives millennials some credit but thinks they need to reconsider at least two trends.
“Do you remember the color-blocking thing that happened? I was just thinking about that today. It was awful — like really, really bad,” she said. “But millennials did indie sleaze, and that was cute, honestly.”
Indie sleaze is an aesthetic that mixes grunge pieces with more hipster-esque ones. It was most popular in the mid-2000s and early 2010s.Advertisementhttps://37066e2946ab76466ae83b1319bea14b.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-40/html/container.html
Model Alioune Fall says many millennials make the mistake of trying to wear Gen Z trends rather than what they like.
Noting that it’s an “unpopular opinion,” Fall said he’s not a fan of millennials leaning into the “skateboarding style” and Y2K trends that Gen Z love. Instead, he wishes millennials focused on more chic styles.
“I think it’s time to come back to classic looks, suits, tailoring, and wearing what fits your body — not just trends,” he said.