Why Gen Z is obsessed with the ‘90s

April 7, 2023
Hello, Insiders. This is Joi-Marie McKenzie, editor in chief of Insider’s life division. Nothing riles up TikTok more than a debate about travel etiquette. And there seems to be a lot to weigh in on — from one man finding support after insisting a fellow train passenger move out of his seat to a woman going viral after refusing to leave her first-class seat so a family could sit together on a flight.

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Reviving retro

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Gen Z has resurrected a slew of long-dormant trends, brands, and styles that were last popular in the 1990s and 2000s.

Baguette bags. Maxi skirts. Wraparound sunglasses. If you thought you’d seen the last of these trends 20 or 30 years ago, think again. Gen Z’s love affair with ’90s and Y2K fashion is giving new life to those old fads in 2023.

Experts say it’s a combination of cycles in fashion, external factors like the economy, and brands smartly targeting influencers and celebrities. It’s also driven by escapism — and a desire to participate in an era they missed because they were too young, or hadn’t been born yet.

We’ve rounded up some of the top trends this generation is reviving.


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This edition was curated by Joi-Marie McKenzie, and edited by Lisa Ryan and Dave Smith. Get in touch:

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