Why do Gen Z like to wear mismatched clothes?
If you’re on the fashion side ICT Tacchances are you’ve heard the audio jokingly poke fun at Gen Z’s quirky, quirky style. cowboy” and will call it an outfit, the playful viral sound captures the carefree attitude we’ve taken to dress.
Since the start of the pandemic, challenging the status quo has become the norm and with it, ugly-chic fashion is on the rise. While the younger generations have been brought up on disney Channel and therefore accustomed to see Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez wearing long ties with tank tops and gloves, there has been a collective shift away from what is flattering for what is fun.
@emmaavishortplease dress me♬ original sound – miranda
While nostalgia has rekindled love for the characteristically ostentatious style of the 2000s, nearly a year spent indoors has given many the courage to be more adventurous when choosing an outfit from their closets. Without the pressure to perform and adhere to stifling beauty standards, many of us started dressing in ways that made us truly happy, trading casual outfits for dopamine-inducing ensembles. Clashing patterns, shaved eyebrows and tongue-in-cheek dad shorts are staples of today’s streetwear, signaling a broader desire to experiment with aesthetics rather than just looking “hot.”
it girl Julia Fox can attest to this since she recently confessed her motivation to return to the discolored forehead look is to repel men, namely her baby daddy. A slew of TikTok videos prove that ditching dress for the male gaze and opting to put on your best fits for your inner 13-year-old inevitably leads to more freedom of expression and carefully curated unique outfits. TikTok Trending Prediction @oldloserinbrooklyn regularly discusses not dressing flatteringly, opting instead to play with patterns and bulky silhouettes. While the “dressing for the male gaze vs. dressing for the female gaze” videos may be a serendipitous coincidence, it’s impossible not to notice that the most recent trends prioritize creativity over design. conformity.
Content creator Adrienne Reau is at the forefront of the ironically tacky fashion trend as the ultra-trendy influencer is absolutely not afraid to wear whatever she wants. His over 80,000 followers on Instagram and over 500,000 followers on ICT Tac can confirm that the former dancer’s infectious style videos show how she effortlessly blends different aesthetics to create a look that could never be replicated. Hypebae chatted with Reau to get some insight into her fearless fashion. Keep scrolling to find out more.
How has your personal style evolved over time? Do you think the rise of freedom of expression through fashion is linked to the pandemic and how has the way you dress changed since then?
I think my personal style is constantly evolving and changing, just like I do as a person. The older I get, the more I discover who I am as a person and the more confidence I gain, and that’s reflected in my style. The pandemic has been a turning point for all of us, especially with the rise of TikTok. I think we all started experimenting with our style during the pandemic out of sheer boredom and seeing this community change really encouraged me to not be afraid of my style choices and to explore who I was always meant to be.
Do you think that dressing in a “tacky” way or in a way that’s just right for you is a way to dress for the feminine look rather than wearing things just because they’re flattering or you? make you attractive?
I definitely dress for the female look because your regular straight man would peek at some of my crazy, tacky outfits and run away, and by all means, leave them. But don’t confuse dressing for the male look with dressing sexy because you can have one without the other. My outfits always have a sexy edge to them, even when I’m wearing a polka dot scarf or wearing crinkly boxers, but that’s only because that’s where I feel the most confident, and the most ME, not because that I try to mark male attention.
How do you handle negative comments or feelings about the way you dress?
Nothing says jealousy like a hateful comment. In fact, they motivate me to push the boundaries of my style even further. Oh, don’t you like my green tights? Hold my beer.
What advice would you give to someone trying to find their own unique voice through fashion, but who may not live in a welcoming environment like New York?
Don’t rush, start with the accessories and slowly start incorporating funky pieces into your everyday looks. Once you start building your wardrobe and your confidence, you’ll find that the feeling you get while getting dressed outweighs the feeling of being embarrassed. Growing up in a small town in Ohio, my classmates teased me about all the weird stuff I wore to school. I remember I saved up and bought these $250 leather studded combat boots from Steve Madden, and everyone was so confused and teasing me about them, but I didn’t care, I felt so hard to cook. Slowly my confidence in my style kept growing because people started to see that I was confident wearing them and now those people would love to be in my shoes, literally.