Millennials Street Style – San Francisco, CA – Photography by D.M.A.W
Thank the Millennials for navel piercings, tattoos, leggings, and skinny jeans. These fashion trends didn’t start with them, but they arguably made them iconic. What’s wrong with fashion today among Millennials? The truth is… absolutely nothing. They are just reinventing what has already been done. The difference is technology, it documents in more ways than ever, and in high-definition.
In the book Generations, Bay Area’s natives, Neil Howe and William Strauss define Millennials as people born between 1982-2003. They discuss the changes in culture in relations to history. If you google the definition of millennial it would state: “a person reaching young adulthood around the year 2000; a Generation Y.” In terms of fashion, there has been much changes within those twenty-two years and it can be seen in popular sitcoms and music.
The evolution of fashion in television can be seen in latter years where the main characters are dressed in more androgynous, form fitting, or contouring clothes. Fast-forward to today, fashion has become a lot more about self-expression and freedom; this has influenced the way many Millennials dress themselves and their children.
The idea of becoming popular based on how a person dresses was introduced in a more common intrusive manner with the inception of social media platforms like Black Planet and Myspace. Aside from chat rooms, social media became more sophisticated with photography in the late 1990s. People became hooked on the concept of sharing their photographs online; enter the “thumbs-up” and the “like” buttons and people have a near instant barometer for answering the question “Am I cool?”
Today we have reality shows like “ Keeping Up With The Kardashians” and “Love and Hip-Hop”. These shows depict fashion in a different light. In some cases, these reality shows suggest that fewer clothes are more appealing. A concept no different from the iconic artists Prince and Madonna who are known for making jaw-dropping style choices. Contemporary artists like Lady Gaga and Adam Lambert have proven that this is not a dying trend.
Fashion trends are cyclical; they come and they go. The fashion choices a Millennial makes are no different than what has already been done. Technology, however, is constantly progressing and thanks to that, we can observe and record our fashion trends in more intricate details than ever before. Perhaps with this growing level of scrutiny, the next generation can learn from our mistakes or emulate our styles.
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Angelisa Ross is a San Jose State University alumni, entrepreneur and a writer with one goal and one goal only, decrease low self-esteem in women. She is a Journalist for Workingmomin20s.com covering pop culture phenomena and social issues for millennial that enjoy critical thinking. She is a dynamite combination of knowledge acquired from long nights of studying diligently in school, and enjoys all things natural, beautiful, and #vintage. Her mission in life is to use her creative talents to inspire the world.
Great chart on the social media info, so interesting!!