20 Fashion Trends Boomers Thought Were Cool But Gen Z Think Are So Out

Fashion styles keep changing over time. Some styles that were once hot have now become not so cool. In this list, we’ve collected 20 fashion trends that the older folks (Boomers) love but the younger generation (Gen Z) just can’t stand.

Crazy Patterns and Bold Prints

Crazy Patterns and Bold Prints 
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Boomers have a penchant for the wild, eye-catching patterns and bold prints that defined their youth. Gen Z, on the other hand, prefers a more minimalist approach to fashion, opting for neutral tones and simplistic designs that focus on clean lines and understated elegance.

Shoulder Pads

Shoulder Pads
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Shoulder pads were all the rage in the 80s, giving wearers a powerful and broad-shouldered look. Today, many often find shoulder pads outdated and unflattering, as more natural silhouettes have become much more popular.

High-Waisted Pants

High-Waisted Pants
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These pants were a staple in wardrobes past, as they accentuate the waist and elongate the legs. However, modern fashionistas have moved away from this style, gravitating towards low-rise or mid-rise bottoms that allow for a more comfortable, relaxed fit.

Pleated Khakis

Pleated Khakis
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Pleated khakis were once a popular go-to, as they provide a professional and polished appearance. Today, many see them as old-fashioned, opting instead for more fitted, straight-leg pants or joggers that offer style and comfort.

Turtleneck Sweaters

Turtleneck Sweaters
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Although Boomers may think of turtleneck sweaters as a cozy and elegant winter staple, Gen Z often views them as stuffy and outdated. They’re more inclined to choose crewnecks, V-necks, or oversized sweaters for a modern, versatile look.

Velour Tracksuits

Velour Tracksuits
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Previous generations embraced velour tracksuits for their luxurious feel and casual glamor. Nowadays, however, we associate this trend with the early 2000s, and many have moved on to more contemporary athleisure options like leggings and sleek, performance-based activewear.

Square-Toed Shoes

Square-Toed Shoes
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Once a popular choice, square-toed shoes have since fallen out of favor as more streamlined, rounded-toe shapes have risen to the top.

Matching Sets

Matching Sets
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The convenience and polished appearance of matching sets, made everything from coordinated pantsuits to skirt and blouse combos a popular choice in offices past. Now, many employees find this approach too restrictive and formal, opting instead for mix-and-match ensembles that allow for greater personal expression.

Mullets

Mullets
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The iconic mullet hairstyle, once beloved for its rebellious edge, is a hard pass for most of today’s youth. They gravitate towards more versatile hairstyles like fades, undercuts, and long, beachy waves.

Vests

Vests
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Whether sweater vests or puffer vests, Boomers have long appreciated this layering piece for its versatility and added warmth. Gen Z, however, tends to avoid vests, seeing them as dated and unnecessary. They’d rather layer with oversized jackets or cardigans for a more contemporary look.

Bell Bottoms

Bell Bottoms
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A defining look of the 60s and 70s, bell bottoms were embraced for their nostalgic appeal and retro flair. Today, most people tend to steer clear of this silhouette, favoring straight-leg or tapered pants for a more streamlined appearance.

Bolo Ties

Bolo Ties
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Once a popular accessory, bolo ties have been relegated to the realm of kitschy nostalgia. The younger generation opts for minimalist jewelry or more casual neckwear, like bandanas or chokers, for a contemporary look.

Oversized Blazers

Oversized Blazers
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Many people used to don oversized blazers in the office. Today’s workforce, in contrast, prefers more tailored blazers for a sleeker, more polished silhouette, in line with the rise of minimalist fashion.

Double Denim

Double Denim
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The “Canadian tuxedo” look, characterized by wearing denim jackets with jeans, was widely popular in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Gen Z, however, considers this trend outdated and prefers to pair denim with other fabrics or textures to create a more balanced ensemble.

Chain Belts

Chain Belts
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Boomers loved chain belts for their ability to add a touch of glamor and shine to any outfit. Gen Z has mostly left this trend behind, favoring more subtle and understated accessories, such as leather belts, to complement their clothing.

Perms

Perms
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Boomers often rocked perms, giving their hair volume and texture. Now, most people understand the damage that comes with chemically treated perms, and opt for styles closer to their own natural hair texture – especially those achieved through gentler styling methods.

Chunky Gold Jewelry

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Many were drawn to the bold statement of chunky gold jewelry because they thought it could add a touch of luxury to any outfit. Now, today’s youth leans towards more delicate, minimalist jewelry pieces that subtly enhance their look without becoming overpowering.

Nylon Windbreakers

Nylon Windbreakers
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Once popular for their practicality and sporty vibe, nylon windbreakers have lost their appeal with younger generations. Now, many prefer more fashionable and eco-friendly options, such as sustainably-made jackets or versatile athleisure wear.

Pantyhose

Pantyhose
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Once a must-have accessory, pantyhose have largely fallen out of favor. Today, people often find them uncomfortable and unnecessary, opting instead for bare legs or more comfortable tights and leggings.

Patchwork Clothing

Patchwork Clothing
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Boomers embraced patchwork clothing for its eclectic and artistic vibe. Gen Z, however, views this trend as outdated. They prefer more cohesive, streamlined designs, and will occasionally complement styles with color blocked or mixed prints.

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