Many online influencers on TikTok have declared that side parts and skinny jeans are officially out of fashion.
Within the last few weeks, members of Generation Z — born between 1997 and 2015 — have been vocal on these particular trends and described them as uncool and overrated. This has led to a debate between Gen Zers and Millennials — born between 1981 and 1996.
It all started when TikToker Lady Gleep (@missladygleep) encouraged users to wear a middle part, suggesting it is more superior than wearing a side part.
“Prove me wrong, but I don’t think there is a single person who looks better with a side part than they do a middle part,” Gleep said.
Another trend that has been debunked by many Gen Z TikTokers is the frequent wear of skinny jeans, which has been replaced with straight leg, mom or boot-cut jeans.
TikTok user Lexi Martin, who goes by @ayyylexi, prefers to wear baggy jeans instead of skinny jeans.
“I don’t think I can ever go back,” Martin said. “Skinny jeans are still cute though.”
While it is no surprise that a lot of the younger generation members, along with some millennials, agree with Gleep and other influencers, many millennials expressed their disagreement through TikTok posts.
“I’m sorry but the generation that ate Tide Pods does not get a say in where the part in my hair goes or what pants I wear. Thanks,” user Taylor Rains said, whose username is @taylorrainsmusic.
The ongoing debate between Gen Zers and Millennials has been ongoing for the last several months after the viral videos gained more attention.
Even though it is cool to see people in the generation I was born in have similar interests when it comes to beauty and fashion, it shouldn’t lead to increased animosity among people of other generations.
Many of these trends that Gen Z have decided to cancel have existed since long before we were born. I don’t see why anyone should feel obligated to change their personal interests just because some influencers have different preferences.
I have become a fan of baggy jeans throughout the last year, but it doesn’t matter if I choose to wear skinny jeans on some days or wear a middle part more than I wear a side part.
It is important for people to understand that a lot of these trends aren’t going anywhere for a long time. The only thing that really matters is if people are happy with what they choose to wear or how they style their hair.
Since there is a debate between Gen Zers and Millennials over certain Gen Z trends has proven how people feel the need to be validated by others over what trends they choose to follow. Any trend should not lead to people going back and forth on TikTok or any social media platform.