This blog post is actually me styling straight leg jeans as a skinny jeans loving millennial because I have several pairs and am still getting used to them. But I love that millennials are suddenly talking about what Gen Z likes! I love it because I’ve been teaching Gen Z for a couple years now and I definitely can’t wholesale categorize them as people (duh) but I have noticed the style changes they bring to class! So today I’m reflecting on incorporating new trends while also staying true to what I like.
I think most millennials are joking when they’re freaking out online about Gen Z trends. But I also think…we’re sort of not joking! This whole “no more side parts” moment is kind of a rude awakening if you’re part of the generation that has called the trend shots within recent memory. We’re millennials! We killed Applebees, we are extremely vain, and we still don’t own houses, dammit, because WHEN WILL THIS ECONOMY GIVE US A BREAK. The least society could do is keep us cool but alas. We’re over or pushing 30 AND 40. We are out, baby.
That doesn’t mean I can’t try to be a little trendy, right? Like this outfit above. These are my beloved thrifted Levi’s. I found them at Goodwill for $6 when I was not at all looking for them. I get a little intimidated by them and have found that the best route to go to style them is to put them with tailored items, like this cashmere sweater and double breasted cardigan.
Similarly, I love wearing them with a blazer and pointed flats, plus a camel sweater. Would Gen Z reach for a blazer? They’re probably not that concerned yet about making mom jeans work appropriate, but I am committed to trying it. I basically swiped the inspo for this outfit from Anine Bing if you’re looking for similar looks!
For a more casual outfit I paired my straight leg black denim (also found secondhand) with a fun textured cardigan, my favorite ballet flats, and my free New Yorker tote (I think this entire sentence characterizes me as old lol).
I’m kind of at peace with being downgraded to the non-trendy generation, for the record, because the first thing you learn when teaching is that by being the teacher, you will never be cool again. You grade papers, no matter how much YouTube you show in class, you are a massive dork and students know it. A professor actually told me this on my first day of grad school and I found it pretty freeing. It’s a lot easier to enjoy yourself when you’re not worried about impressing others.
So I guess what I learned while putting these outfits together is that you can put on the mom jeans and have the middle part all you want, that doesn’t mean you’re ever gonna look like Gen Z. They’re amazing. They know how to browse TikTok (seriously I don’t get how to find the good videos). They look different than me because they’re 20 and no amount of trying to fit in with them will take the years back.
But I am enjoying changing my look up just a little bit! And some days it’s still fun to try to fit in with the youths…
I mean thank goodness space buns are back. Might as well embrace it with some tie dye and lace up boots 🙂