People often say that fashion, much like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Of course, this is much like art too and there are those that argue that clothing and fashion are an artform in themselves.
As such, the way people choose to style themselves and the clothes they decide to wear is open to interpretation. So too is the way that they understand fashion and the things and trends that they decide to emulate. However, when it comes to millennials, those who aren’t in this age group may struggle to understand their choices of look and style.
What we’re referring to here, is the fact that currently, it seems to be particularly popular for millennials to look old.
You might have heard the word hipster floating around, and while it can seem that hipsters and millennials are one in the same thing, the former is actually recognised as a subsection of the latter. However, hipsters and their beards, quirky moustaches and smart tweed jackets with slippers or Dr Martens seem to have this obsession with looking old.
This is largely with regards to men’s everyday fashion, but millennials girls/women also seem to have a fondness en masse for things that are retro – straight out of the 50s and the 20s.
What’s the obsession with it though? Is it just to look older? To get more respect in the workplace, or in business? Is it a fashion choice? We may never definitively know, but we can certainly speculate and go through some of the ways that millennials are aging themselves so you can draw your own conclusions…
For years, it’s been the bane of people’s lives, men and women alike have lived in fear of the first grey hair that they find. Just for men has made a whole business out of men’s fear of going grey by marketing it to make it look like women are more attracted to you if you have rich, mahogany hair.
But, now it seems that the millennial generation is going grey on purpose, and that’s not just that they’re letting their hair grow grey naturally, it’s that they’re dying their hair that colour.
How many times have you heard the phrase, silver fox, in reference to man who really carries off grey hair? George Clooney and Richard Gere have a lot to answer for, because although they’re not young men, they still have hair and the silver throughout it, seems to give them a sophisticated appearance that younger millennials seek to copy.
Although not everyone will be a fan, Zayn Malik, of former One Direction fame has recently dyed his hair grey, which has gotten some very mainstream attention, seeing the popstar showing off his new ‘do on the covers of Billboard and L’Uomo Vogue magazines.
Although as Lifezette.com rightly points out, Andy Warhol, fashion icon and mad artistic genius dyed his hair grey in his 20s. However, this again harks back to the idea of young people in their 20s still wanting to emulate retro trends.
Embracing all things vintage
Things aren’t so much shabby chic now as they are vintage and millennials are one group of people who are loving vintage style, particularly when it comes to their clothes and furnishings.
Something special has been happening over the past few years with millennials and their choices of clothes and accessories. For example, tweed jackets and satchels have become very popular, with the likes of Harris Tweed and the Leather Satchel Company producing high-quality and vintage-style bags and coats for the millennial generation.
There seems to be a feeling of nostalgia around these kind of things, which seems to be one of the main reasons why people like vintage clothes and accessories.
Similarly, it has become very popular to recondition and upcycle furniture, or even rescue it from other places. For example, there are lots of places, restaurants and bars etc, throughout London that have a mismatch of chairs that have been bought at auction and to create the look of an old home or farmhouse.
It’s also in fashion at the moment for people to upcycle furniture themselves, armed with chalk paint, sandpaper and a scrubbing brush to make old furniture look even more antique and vintage than they already do.
Again, it’s arguable whether this vintage choice of personal fashion and style for the home is part of a trend for the moment, or if it goes deeper than this.
Another reason for it may be because buying antique and vintage clothes and furniture helps to support local and independent businesses, which are generally accepted to be more creative than chain stores.
Of course, a lot of inspiration for these kind of vintage choices can be easily found on social media sites like Pinterest and used as inspiration for decorating themselves and their houses. Such is the millennial way!