Millennials and boomers are constantly rolling their eyes at Gen Z and their quirky trends. What, with their love for Crocs and their loathing of side parts, the nine to 24 demographic is just childish to the older generations. And now that the younger generation is entering the workforce, we expect them to heavily disrupt the status quo and introduce trends they deem to be less cheugy. However, it seems millennials are actually on board with one specific trend Gen Z is ushering in and that’s...loungewear and streetwear as office-appropriate attire. Boomers on the other hand, might need little more convincing.
According to AfterPay’s Bi-Annual Trend Report, Gen Z, who largely entered the workforce remotely, are slowly but surely making their way into the office IRL, and they’re bringing with them the comfortable clothing they got accustomed to while working from home. Though this bunch has never been keen on following any of the formalities millennials and Gen X have stuck with—for instance, their whole take on email sign offs—they’re definitely waving goodbye to office looks from J. Crew or Ann Taylor that millennials embraced and going for even more casual office garb like jeans and hoodie a la Mark-Zuckerberg-chic. And business casual, who? When it comes to Gen X and boomer pencil skirts, blazers and silk blouse combos, Gen Z is like, “I don’t know her.” Instead, they’re showing up in a relaxed fit of loungewear with the oversized shapes of streetwear. In fact, AfterPay reports that sales for plissé sets—oversized loungewear sets made with lightweight, flowy plissé fabric—have already climbed by 14 percent, compared to last year, and we can expect them to continue as more and more of these youngins enter the workforce.