From Birkenstocks with tube socks to high-heeled trainers and baggy cargo pants, the designer revealed why generation Z trendsetters opted for “genderless” clothing in an effort to spread their “awakened” ideas to the world through fashion.
The latest trends in A-list fashion have seen celebs like Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid embrace the world of flowy Hawaiian shirts, knits, beanies, and anoraks to create a more relaxed, gender-blind aesthetic.
Celebrity UK designer Miranda Holder, who founded The Feel Good Fashion Coach, told FEMAIL. He believes that the rise in “oversized and somewhat shapeless” clothing is due to the younger generation moving into the “awakened” era of fashion and not wanting to be associated with brands that specifically make clothes for “men or women.”
The designer, who has worked with a variety of high-profile names including Little Mix and Boy George, says the younger generation is “voting their wallets” to offer a world of non-binary fashion.
Bella Hadid wore an eye-catching set featuring a pastel beanie with a canary yellow shirt during a New York outing in December.
Little Mix singer Jade Thirlwall was spotted touring London in a blue knitted sweater and blue loose-fitting shirt in September. Right: Presenter Stacy Dooley’s favorite aesthetic is baggy jeans and oversized T-shirts or jackets
“Post-pandemic there is a sense everywhere that the world is transitioning into a new ‘wake-up’ era, and one concept that is developing rapidly is all things sexual,” she said.
Generation Z votes with their wallets and many no longer want to be associated with brands that are meticulously designed with male or female in mind.
As a result, we’re seeing more gender fluid clothing in stores, with many designers and brands creating collections that are not intentionally gendered.
“This has seeped onto the main streets where we’re used to seeing ‘Coach Fugly,’ the oversized and tailor-made shirts, sleeveless knits, beanie hats, raincoats, and similar dad-inspired pieces worn by the most savvy fashion designers.
Kendall Jenner has proven to be a fan of the blazer, as he wore a monochromatic knitted sweater (left) and a classic-inspired jacket (right) while touring New York in recent months.
Miranda says that fashion has a “new lease on life” after the pandemic, and that Generation Z is throwing out the rulebook when it comes to what’s considered attractive.
“After the intermittent lockdowns over the past two years, during which lingerie or lycra was the order of the day and every day seemed like Groundhog Day, fashion has a new decade of life,” she said.
Micro trends are popping up all over Main Street and gathering unparalleled momentum thanks to the likes of social media platforms like TikTok and Snapchat.
“The younger generation in particular, is eager to have their cake of clothes and eat it, and there is a sense of ‘Schmuel’s rules’ in the air as consumers express their newly acquired freedom by wearing whatever they like!”
The trend was perfectly wrapped by supermodel Bella Hadid, who wore an eye-catching ensemble featuring a pastel beanie with a canary yellow blouse during a New York outing.
Dua Lipa was seen outside a London hotel in August wearing red cargo pants, skinny sneakers, a knitted bucket hat and an oversized leather jacket.
Model Bella, 25, was spotted walking around New York in November wearing a green jacket, black straight-leg pants, and Doc Martins.
The 35-year-old model wore a matching baggy coat and baggy jeans, and accentuated the look with orange wraps around the shadows as she strolled the city in December.
Little Mix singer Jade Thirlwall was spotted touring London in a blue knitted sweater and blue loose-fitting shirt in September.
Meanwhile, Kendall Jenner has also proven to be a fan of the cardigan, as she wore a sleeveless monochromatic knitted cardigan and classic-inspired cardigan while touring New York in recent months.
Miranda says that while similar fashion trends emerged in the ’90s, there is a sense that there is “more guaranteed” beauty on its return, as young shoppers are keen to make their point with their looks.
Celine Dion jumped on the train in a neon green Balenciaga waterproof coat while leaving a concert in New York last year
We’ve seen the rise of sexy apparel, with the popularity of the visible G string or ‘Whale Tale’ and sheer body dresses made famous by the A-Listers at last year’s award ceremonies, as well as granny knits and Peter making it clear that collars in general are popping up all over Instagram as the trend reclaims Twee Traction ‘.
But one unlikely trend is the ‘Dad Stye’ fashion, recently designed by Bella Hadid who looks less than glamorous in New York wearing a jacket and beanie.
Perhaps surprisingly, this isn’t the first time daddy style has graced the fashion halls, with movements toward oversized and somewhat shapeless clothing in both girls and the ’90s, but this time there seems to be more substance behind the aesthetic.”