10 Gen Z Fashion Trends You Need to Keep an Eye Out For in 2021

From mini acetate sunglasses to chic baguette bags, Celebrity stylist Sukriti Grover gives you the lowdown on all that's trending amongst the zoomers. 

Generation Z—colloquially known as 'Gen Z' or zoomers—are the demographic preceding Generation Alpha and succeeding millennials. And, without a doubt, their fashion choices have led to the resurgence of some wild, noteworthy trends—from bulky long socks to baggy mom jeans! Who knew they would make a comeback?

"A generation that is recognised for it's edgy, bold and experimental disposition, zoomers have readily opted for unique fashion choices with respect to design, patterns, colour palettes, prints and material," explains Sukriti Grover. From Instagram sensations Shanaya and Khushi Kapoor to seasoned actors Ananya Panday and Janhvi Kapoor, the Gen Z is leading some of these statement trends that are here to stay. 


The Loose-Fit Trend


There's no denying that absolutely no one, except Gen Z's, can carry unisex clothing like a pro—turning it something contemporary, chic and uber stylish. Distressed jeans, baggy mom jeans, oversized T-shirts, jumpers, baggy jackets and oversized tees seem to be a staple in the Gen Z wardrobe. Thereby, it wouldn't be so wrong to give credit to this generation who have brought back some forgotten trends the fashionable way. 




Mini Sunnies!


The latest Gen Z obsession is mini sunglasses, that don't hold back from serving some 90s vibe. The perfect accessory to pair with your street style or athleisure look, one can opt for a variety of interesting shapes and colours—from angular or rectangular frames to bright yellow acetate sunglasses.




The Hair Scarf


Give you hair game a stylish upgrade this season with the statement hair scarf! Hair scarves have emerged as the key trend for the year and go far in protecting your mane from external factors, besides telling a fashionable story. From eclectic, multi-hued prints to a subtle, silky satin material, team up your boho-chic look with a statement scarf pattern and you'll certainly stand out from the crowd. 




Graphic Sweatshirts


There's a separate fan-base for abstract-printed, graphic sweats. While some slogan sweatshirts speak powerful social messages in style, others happen to be college pullovers and vacation souvenirs that have risen from the fashion grave, ever more fashionable and trendy. Besides, more and more people are opting for cool and casual athleisure—a fashionably comfortable favourite. 




Pleated Skirts


Does a pleated skirt remind you of your high school uniform? You hated it then, but we swear you won't hate it now. The Gen Z's have revolutionised the pleated skirt, dressing it up or down depending upon the occasion. You may choose to style it with a sweatshirt or a basic tee, bringing together your finished look with your favourite kicks or loafers. Take a cue from Gen Z girl Khushi Kapoor who has styled her pristine white pleated skirt with a nude-toned sweatshirt, squeaky clean white sneakers, and a black baguette bag. 




Bulky Long Socks


Say hello to bulky, long socks. Gone are the days showing off your socks was a *major* faux pas. Today, it's all about fashionably flaunting your bulky, chunky and eye catching pair. Couple them with shorts, skirts or sweatpants to create a stand-out look.




Non-Skinny Jeans


There's been a paradigm shift in the world of jeans—Gen Z's have moved away from high-waisted skinny jeans to a loose, baggy, flared fit. It's an uber cool and casual look that can be paired with a body-hugging crop top, a fitted shirt, an abstract printed shirt, sweatshirts, jumpers, hoodies, jackets, slogan tees etc. 




Micro and Baguette Bags


Micro bags have pervaded the runways of Valentino, Hermès, Jacquemus and more. So, there's no time better than now to add this cult favourite to give your look an edgy, trendy dimension. Besides micro and mini purses, baguettes have made a comeback as as well. And guess what, they happen to be big enough to hold all your essentials! 




Novelty Prints


Novelty prints are all about depicting quirky images and full scenes—a must-have vintage piece in your closet. Pair it with a skirt or high-waisted jeans, and opt for ankle length boots to complete the look.




Arm Warmers


Whether it's an attempt to shield yourself from the dropping temperatures or a hack to turn your drab look to fab, arm warmers are one of the coolest trends to have emerged recently. Invest in a turtleneck arm warmer—maybe a pop of neon? You would've spotted a bunch of celebrities and influencers sporting the arm warmer look on social media. Can we all agree Janhvi Kapoor is slaying?