How dressing like your dad has become the latest fashion trend as Gen Z opt for ‘gender-fluid’ look

From Birkenstock with tube socks to clunky trainers and baggy cargo pants, one designer has revealed why Gen Z trendsetters are choosing “deliberately genderless” clothing in an attempt to signal their “awakened” ideals to the world through fashion.

The latest tier-one trend has seen celebrities like Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid embrace the world of loose Hawaiian shirts, sleeveless knitwear, beanies and anoraks to create a more relaxed, gender-fluid aesthetic.

The famous British designer Miranda Holder, who founded The Feel Good Fashion Coach, told FEMAIL believes that the rise in ‘oversized and rather shapeless’ garments is due to the fact that new generations are entering an ‘awakened’ fashion era and do not want to be associated with brands that make clothes specifically 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 are “voting with their wallets” to introduce a non-binary fashion world.

Bella Hadid wore a jaw-dropping ensemble with a pastel multicolored beanie with a canary yellow top during a New York outing in December

Little Mix singer Jade Thirlwall was seen embracing the aesthetic as she strolled around London wearing a blue knitted waistcoat and loose blue shirt in September

Presenter Stacey Dooley's favorite aesthetic is baggy jeans and oversized shirts or sweaters

Little Mix singer Jade Thirlwall was seen embracing the aesthetic as she strolled around London wearing a blue knitted waistcoat and loose blue shirt in September. Right: Presenter Stacey Dooley’s favorite aesthetic is baggy jeans and oversized shirts or sweaters

“After the pandemic, there is an omnipresent feeling that the world is moving into a new ‘awakened’ era, and one of the rapidly evolving concepts is all about gender issues,” he said.

“Gen Z is voting with their own wallets and many no longer want to be associated with brands that are rigorously designed with a man or a woman in mind.

‘As a result we are seeing a lot more gender-fluid clothing in stores, with many designers and brands producing deliberately genderless collections.

‘This seeped into the main streets as we got used to seeing the’ Fugly trainers ‘, oversized shirts and tailoring, sleeveless knitwear, beanies, raincoats and similar dad-inspired garments worn by seasoned fashionistas.’

Model Kendall Jenner wore a striped knit vest as she strolled around New York

Kendall Jenner proved to be a fan of the sweater vest, wearing a sleeveless monochromatic shirt on a walk around New York

Kendall Jenner has proved herself a fan of the sweater vest, wearing a sleeveless monochromatic top (left) and a vintage-inspired striped sweater (right) as she strolled around New York for the past few months.

Miranda says fashion is enjoying a post-pandemic “new life” and that Generation Z is throwing away the rulebook when it comes to what’s considered attractive.

“After the intermittent blocks over the past two years, during which home wear, or lycra was on the agenda and every day felt like groundhog day, fashion is enjoying a new lease on life,” she said. .

“Micro trends are popping up on all major avenues and gathering unprecedented momentum thanks to social media platforms like TikTok and Snapchat.

“Younger generations, in particular, are eager to have their dress pie and eat it, and there is a sense of ‘rules schmules’ in the air as consumers express their newfound freedom by wearing whatever they want!”

The trend was perfectly summed up by model Bella Hadid, who wore a jaw-dropping ensemble featuring a pastel multicolored beanie with a canary yellow top on a trip to New York.

Dua Lipa was spotted outside a London hotel in August wearing red cargo pants, chunky trainers, a knitted bucket hat and an oversized leather jacket.

Dua Lipa was spotted outside a London hotel in August wearing red cargo pants, chunky trainers, a knitted bucket hat and an oversized leather jacket.

Model Bella, 25, was spotted walking around New York in November wearing a green waistcoat, black straight-leg pants and Doc Martins

Model Bella, 25, was spotted walking around New York in November wearing a green waistcoat, black straight-leg pants and Doc Martins

Tucking into a loose coat and equally baggy jeans, the 35-year-old model accentuated the look with hugging shades of orange as she strolled around town in December.

Little Mix singer Jade Thirlwall was seen embracing the aesthetic as she strolled around London wearing a blue knitted waistcoat and loose blue shirt in September.

Meanwhile, Kendall Jenner has also proved herself a fan of the sweater vest, wearing a sleeveless monochromatic top and vintage-inspired striped sweater as she strolled around New York for the past few months.

Miranda says that while similar fashion trends emerged in the 1990s, there seems to be “more substance” to the aesthetic when it returns, with young shoppers eager to highlight their look.

Celine Dion boarded the train wearing a neon green Balenciaga waterproof coat as she left a concert in New York last year

Celine Dion boarded the train wearing a neon green Balenciaga waterproof coat as she left a concert in New York last year

“We have seen the rise of sexy clothing, with the popularity of the visible thong or ‘Whale Tale’ and see-through dresses and leotards popularized by A-Listers at awards ceremonies last year, as well as granny tops and Peter The pan collars popping up all over Instagram as the twee trend regains traction, ‘he explained.

“But one of the most unlikely trends is ‘Dad Stye’ fashion, recently modeled by Bella Hadid that looks less than glamorous in New York in a windbreaker and a hat.”

‘Perhaps surprisingly, this isn’t the first time dad style has graced the halls of fashion, with moves towards oversized and rather shapeless garments in both the’ 90s and the bad ones, but this time around it seems like there is more substance behind it. ‘aesthetics.’

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