The new generation of men is questioning the traditional dress code, and is questioning capitalism through street style styles. In this article, we’ll explore the trend of this new fashion and consider its future implications. We’ll also look at Gen Z’s challenge to traditional dress codes and the changing gender roles and the role of capitalism and masculinity.
Gen Z’s liberation through street style fashions
In the world of fashion, Gen Z is breaking the traditional gender roles. For instance, they are dumping plastic bags and opting for Stasher bags which is a brand of reusable silicone bags. They are also accepting the “softboi” style that reclaims pastels and floral patterns for men of the younger generation. These trends are already having an enormous impact on the businesses. One example is the Louis Vuitton flowery hoodie that has been incorporated into streetwear.
Although menswear has evolved gradually over time taking almost a decade to go from flat-front to pleated pants, it has been changing at a much faster rate in recent seasons. Boys Suits to prominence as a major influence on culture has been due to their genderless street style looks and defining red carpet moments.
Gen Z’s questioning of masculinity
Tea Bendix has written a novel called Anthony, which questions the notions of masculinity, friendship, and sexual sex. Her second novel Talia’s Codebook is about a teenage math geek named Talia in middle school, who is determined to crack the code of being cool. The lesbian rom-com Never Trust a Gemini is a rom-com following the story of a girl called Cat.
Gen Z’s challenge to capitalism
Fashion designers have observed that Gen Z is embracing retro fashions and styles that harken back to the 1990s. This includes floral prints and polka dots. This nostalgia fashion is a nod back to the times when the economy was in a boom. And it has taken over social media. Gen Z has plastered vintage tennis photos and Ralph Lauren campaign ads on their social media profiles, and they’re spending big to recreate the look.
Gen Zers today are looking for more that a great deal. They expect companies to take the moral side on ethical issues, and are more likely to buy from brands that support those causes. They want to know how their purchases are made, and where they came from. They tend to avoid brands that have ethical issues because of this.
Gen Z’s questioning of capitalism through street-style looks
For many millennials today, the ’90s are a time of nostalgia that inspires a sense. Gen Z has adopted a romantic, old-money style that nods to the boom in economics. This look has captured the hearts of the younger generation and become a raging trend on social media. They have plastered vintage tennis images and Ralph Lauren campaign ads across their feeds, and are willing to shell out lots of money to emulate the style.
Major retailers have made pledges to be more sustainable and resourceful however, their promise to produce fewer clothes doesn’t counter the trend of fast fashion that Gen Z has adopted. Although using more sustainable materials may be more efficient, these new clothes may not always suit the current generation’s style or budget. Additionally, the high-impact manufacturing processes that are used in the fast-fashion business aren’t capable of accommodating Gen Z’s fashion preferences.