6 Gen Z Fashion Trends We’re Actually Wearing

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Up until a mere few weeks ago, Gen Z wasn’t on my radar whatsoever. I reluctantly got onto TikTok, scrolled past every Charli D’Amelio and Addison Rae video that came up, and blissfully lived in a time where a generational war over skinny jeans hadn’t yet ensued. 

But as we know, a hearty amount of turmoil has taken place over the past few weeks, and you can’t so much as mutter the words “Gen Z” or “Millennial” without getting a reaction. As a self-proclaimed neutral, unbiased source on the matter, I’m just here to report the facts, and the fact is that some—yes, some— Gen Z trends are worth your time, no matter what year you were born.

Looking to spice up your wardrobe this season? Take a page out of Gen Z’s book.

 

1. Oversized jeans

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I know, I know, this is going to trigger some people who want nothing more than their skinny jeans—but don’t knock these until you try them. They look effortless, flattering, and, dare I say, younger than their—ahem—tighter alternatives.





ASOS

High Rise Slouchy Mom Jean

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Madewell

Balloon Jeans in Datewood Wash

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Abercrombie & Fitch

Curve Love High Rise Mom Jeans

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Levi’s

High Loose Straight Leg Jean

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2. Sweat shorts

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What are we going to do when it’s too hot outside to wear the sweatpants we’ve been living in since September? Easy: swap them out for sweat shorts. Bonus points if they’re in a fun color with a coordinating T-shirt or crewneck.





Reebok

Drawstring Logo Shorts

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ASOS

Sweat Shorts

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Madewell

Airyterry Stitched-Pocket Sweatshorts

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Champion

Cropped Sweat Shorts

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3. Matching workout sets

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Matching workout sets have been around for a while now, but wearing them as your regular outfit? Comfortable and chic. On a chillier day, toss a jacket over top and pair them with your favorite sneakers for the ultimate athleisure look.





ASOS

High Waisted Leggings

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Beyond Yoga

Space Dye Crop Tank

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Beyond Yoga

Midi High Waist Leggings

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Fabletics

Posture 2-Piece Outfit

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Fabletics

Ballet 2-Piece Outfit

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4. Cropped cardigans

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I hadn’t owned a cardigan since the early aughts until 2021, and the thing that changed my mind on them were these cropped, thin, completely un-Grandma-like versions. They’re perfect to transition into warm weather, or to pair with shorts for a chillier night out come summer.





ASOS

Cable Knit Cardigan and Bracelet Set

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ASOS

Ruffled Prairie Collared Cardigan

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ASOS

90’s Fitted Cardigan

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Topshop

Tie Front Crop Cardigan

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5. Statement sunglasses

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One of the easiest ways to switch up your wardrobe for the warmer months? Take a break from your big, black sunnies and give a colorful, new shape a try. We promise: you’re never going to want to go back.





ASOS

Oversized Round Sunglasses

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BP.

Rectangular Sunglasses

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DEZI

On Read Frame Sunglasses

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BP.

Diamond Shape Sunglasses

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Amazon

Rectangle Retro Sunglasses

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6. Chunky sneakers

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It’s taken us a while to warm up to the chunky sneaker trend, and while you probably won’t see us wearing the really intense pairs (you know the ones), we do love these more understated chunky options. They liven up a look like your minimal white sneakers couldn’t dream of.





Madewell

Kickoff Trainer Sneakers in Colorblock Leather

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Nike

Air Force 1 Sage Low Platform Sneaker

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ASOS

Platform Sneaker

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VIONIC

Rechelle Lace-Up Sneaker

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