Millennial Styling

The Gen Y Route of Fashion: 10 Commandments of Millennial Styling

Millennials (otherwise known as Generation Y) are the largest generation to date. In fact, they’re even expected to outnumber the Baby Boomers by 2019. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that a lot of younger people are driving today’s trends, including the fashion sector. They are so influential even the biggest names in the business are listening to what this generation has to say.

Millennial fashion is all about following the rules and breaking them eventually. They recycle the trends of their predecessors and make it their own.

Whether you’re a Gen Y native or not, some of their rules will work for you, too. Here are the ten commandments of dressing like a millennial:

Fashion Rule 1: Wear What You Want

YOLO (You Only Live Once) is a real concept among millennials, especially in terms of fashion. Whatever the brand or the type of clothing you want, there’s just one rule: wear whatever makes you feel you.

As long as you’re happy and free to express yourself, you’re good to go. If you like wearing socks over your sandals or print on print, go ahead. No one’s going to judge.

Fashion Rule 2: Avoid Popular Labels from Before; Go for Indie or Classic Brands

Classic BrandsMillennials are big fans of “label-less” fashion. They avoid overloading on high-end designer accessories or wearing too many brands. Instead, they support indie labels that are chic and underrated. The younger generation love breaking the rules with statement shirts, odd cut-out pieces, and jeans from classic brands.

Fashion Rule 3: Athletic Shoes Make a Statement

Generation Y fashion aficionados enjoy being flashy, especially with their shoes. Popular brands, such as Adidas and Nike, lead the way with their impressive sneaker line. Male millennials are big fans of Jordans (named after basketball player Michael Jordan), which are statement sneakers that catches the attention of onlookers.

Athletes are influential in terms of shoes. Another Adidas standard called the Stan Smiths is also a staple of Gen Y fashion footwear.

Despite their love for athletic footwear, millennials also appreciate the classics. They just love combining the old with the new.

Fashion Rule 4: Athleisure Is Real (And You Just Gotta Deal)

Athletic ShoesStemming from the combination of athletes and leisure, athleisure is a trend Gen Y (and the younger generation) are embracing nowadays. As mentioned above, athletes are gaining more attention today. Apart from their shoes, their clothes and styles are also gaining a huge following.

This style is a combination of sport and casual while still looking quite fashionable. Invest in any sports brand to complete this look.

 

Fashion Rule 5: Comeback of Vintage Fashion Is Real

Generation Y fashionistas are reviving old fashion trends. Wide bottom jeans, high-heeled sandals, and bug-eyed glasses are making their way into every millennial’s closet. Retro Coachella looks include yellow-tinted retro glasses and tight-fitting jeans. Fortunately, there are plenty of shops that sell vintage clothing at affordable prices.

Fashion Rule 6: Gender Neutral Clothes are In

While the millennial man still identifies as a “cis man,” there is a growing acceptance of gender neutrality around him. The same applies to women. Today’s fashion does not restrict anyone to his or hers clothes; anyone can wear anything they want.

Women who wish to don the suit and tie may do so, while men who think they can conquer the heels are free to do so. There is also a growing trend of shops selling clothes that are perfect for ANYONE. Suits, shirts, boyfriend jeans — you name it, they have it.

Fashion Rule 7: Customize Whenever, Wherever

Customize Whenever, WhereverGen Y fashion trendsetters enjoy putting their personal mark on their clothes. Their personal spin is what makes their fashion unique.

With footwear, for example, the classic white leather sneaker is a staple. The millennial spin includes customizing your shoe by working with the brand. If you want to add a few patches, why not? Do you feel like adding some color? Go ahead; you have free reign.

Fashion Rule 8: Always Change Up Your Style with Affordable Not-so-Basic Basics

True enough, millennials prefer quality over blindly buying items for a popular label. Sometimes, however, you need an easy, quick, and affordable way to transform your clothes. Popular brands such as UniQlo, Primark, and boohoo encourage customers to make the most out of their expensive coats by adding a myriad of customization options to keep it look fresh and new.

Fashion Rule 9: Social Consciousness Is the New Fashion Sexy

Members of this generation are increasingly becoming vegans, vegetarians, and eco-aware. They want the good fight to reflect in their fashion sense.

Most eco-conscious millennials are choosing to wear clothes manufactured by brands that foster ethical practices and fair trade. It’s all about making a difference, one garment at a time.

Fashion Rule 10: Might Want to Ditch the Logos

fashion styleWhile the older generations prefer flaunting clothes and accessories with noticeable brand logos, the younger generation would rather not. Millennials are more concerned with nurturing and expressing their personal style, rather than drop brand names here and there. They refuse to be obvious walking advertisements.

When these influencers talk, the big names listen.

Major retailers are now re-designing their brands so that they can produce shirts with subtle branding. Thanks to the rise of social media, millennials tell these brands how to change their logos so that they — the influencers — can wear their products their style.

Millennials are taking charge of the fashion scene. Armed with their smart phones and social accounts, they’re ready to continue re-defining today’s current styles. If you’re not part of this generation, it pays to take a page out of their fashion playbook. Better yet, why not combine your personal style with theirs?

If you’re part of this generation, kudos to you! You can still contribute to the Gen Y fashion movement. Wow your friends and families with an amazing mix and match of colors, styles, and pieces that scream ORIGINALLY MILLENNIAL.

Do you have any other Gen Y fashion tricks? Share them with us!

Old Trend

Mom Wore It First: Old Trend We Can Thank Our Mothers

Mom Fashion — almost everyone has a love-hate relationship with this style trend. One day, you’ll find yourself rolling your eyes at your mother’s baggy mom jeans. The next, you’ll end up rummaging her closet for her cool tops and super retro jackets.

Mothers are the biggest fans of fashionable clothes, too. Check her closet and you’ll find a few pieces. It doesn’t matter if she got it at the flea market or purchased it at some expensive luxury store — her style is a one-of-a-kind style.

As mentioned, there has been some negative stigma concerning mom clothes. That Saturday Night Live parody commercial of Mom Jeans is enough proof. If you don mom-ish clothes, it’ll be all about the baggy jeans, the saggy top, and the stereotypical “Mom” clothes.

On the contrary, Mom Fashion isn’t just about these pieces. And if it were, they’d still be totally awesome.

In fact, we have our mothers to thank for the amazing fashion scene we have now. If it weren’t for them, you wouldn’t be blessed with the following pieces:

Oversized Sweaters

Oversized SweatersNothing says fashion and comfort better than snuggling in an awesome oversized sweater. Teddy bears, giant hearts, flowers, and pastel lighthouses — sweaters with graphics weren’t just relegated to the holidays. Moms wore them whenever, wherever.

Today, you’ll see fashionistas rocking the Mom sweater. For that modern flair, pair your fluffy sweater with tight pants or high-waist jeans.

Comfort Sandals

Yes, our mothers were the brave pioneers of these pretty-ugly shoes — and rocked them. Even when the rest of the world wasn’t a big fan of comfort sandals, Mom ignored them. After all, comfort trumps style at any time of the day.

Even though everyone called these Mom staples ugly, pretty much the rest of the fashion world jumped aboard the comfort sandal bandwagon. Some fashion aficionados even dare to cross two traditional faux pas at once by wearing their sandals with socks!

Large Bags that Hold Everything

Large Bags Need some tissues? Mom’s got it in her bag. Do you need a pin for your hair? She probably has that, too. In fact, you shouldn’t be surprised if your mother has a thermos in that big bag of hers. After all, mothers are the proud trendsetters of big bags.

Today’s handbags mimic our mom’s popular bags. You can put almost anything in it: a poncho, hand sanitizer, five kinds of lipstick, snacks, your social security card, wrench for emergencies, and a couple of DVDs.

Chambray Shirts

Mom had no time for fitted tops when she was balancing three kids at once. Instead, she settled for roomy and equally fashionable chambray shirts.

Whether your mother wore hers with a giant cartoon patch on the back or tucked into her stonewashed jeans, her chambray shirt was the staple. You can pair this versatile piece of clothing with almost anything in your closet.

Knitted Twinsets

This stylish combination screams of winter comfort (although your mom may have worn it frequently, no matter what the season was). Knitted twinsets are perfect for cold nights when you’re trying to put the kids to sleep or for cuddling with your husband AFTER you’ve put the kids to sleep.

Mothers probably pulled out their shell-and-cardigan set when they wanted to be a little dressy. If she paired this attire with a knitted pencil skirt, she just wore a triple fashion threat.

Mom Jeans

Mom JeansWe’ve mentioned the iconic SNL sketch entitled mom jeans, which made a mockery out of mom’s favorite pair of 80s to 90s jeans. These high-waist and baggy jeans, however, were the Holy Grail of every mom’s fashion.

Make fun of the mom jeans all you want, but it’s making a return. Gigi Hadid, Kourtney Kardashian, and other famous celebrities are big fans of the Mom Jeans!  After all, these high-waisted mom jeans are one of the biggest trends to emerge from fashion’s constant cycle. More fashion girls continue to embrace this cool, vintage-inspired look.

Summer Scarves

If there’s one accessory you and your mom have always had on hand, it’s a soft and wooly scarf. Scarves come in different colors, shapes, and even levels of heft. These fashion accessories work with any outfit, no matter what the occasion is.

Chances are, you’ve had a couple of scarves stashed at the back of your closet. Some of those scarves may have come from your mom!

We might call them summer scarves, but these fashion staples are perfect for different seasons. Tie it around your neck like she did for that beautiful Jackie O effect.

Ribbed Mock Turtlenecks

Mom liked to keep it sophisticated during the day. The epitome of sophistication, the slimming ribbed mock turtleneck was her go-to outfit from the office to your baseball games. The stylish ribbed knit comes with vertical ribbed lines that create a slimming visual effect. The high mock neck gives her look a lovely design accent.

Fanny Packs

Fanny PacksYour mom used to sling these around her waist so that she can chase you around the home and still have her essentials close by. The super convenient bag, which is also the accessories of tourists, received backlash for its “dorky” style.

The fanny pack, however, is in the middle of a major revival. This dorky bag is getting a full design makeover as more fashion labels rebrand it as a “belt bag,” “waist bag,” or “hip bag.” Yes, the big names are investing on this (aka Alexander Wang and Nike).

 

Make her fashion your own by adding elements from today’s fashion scene. Don’t hesitate to mix and match or combine her fashion with yours. Like Mom, don’t be afraid to venture out.

Also, before you ignore Dear Old Mum’s fashion choices, keep in mind that SHE wore your favorite clothing pieces first. Instead of turning your nose up at her clothes, it’s best to rummage her closet. Our moms, after all, were the fashion pioneers of our time. Trust her style because if it weren’t for hers, you wouldn’t be enjoying a couple of fashion must-haves.