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While there are plenty of back-to-school sales and deals happening now, as with most things, Gen Z is going to be the generation that sets the trends for the new school year. And since schools across the country will be holding classes IRL this semester, Gen Z is already shopping for their first-day outfits.
However, while the teens and tweens are down to buy some new pieces, staying money-conscious is still top of mind. According to new research from Afterpay, 63% of Gen Z students are looking for deals and other ways to save money when shopping. Also, nearly 23% of them plan to use a buy now, pay later service such as Afterpay to help them avoid debt and stick to their budget. (Luckily, Afterpay is available at a ton of popular retailers like Shein, American Eagle, Goat, Ulta and Urban Outfitters.) Additionally, 45% of students are interested in shopping at small businesses.
As for which exact trends Gen Z students are most excited about this season, Afterpay tapped businesswoman and fashion correspondent Zanna Roberts Rassi for her style expertise. Spoiler alert — comfortable pieces that are a step up from your quarantine sweatsuits take the top spot.
Keep reading to find out which trends Rassi says students can expect to see walking down the halls this year.
4 Gen Z fall fashion trends to look out for
1. “Utility dressing – where forms meeting function. I love this no-nonsense approach to fashion – practical and comfortable. Think of it as an elevated version of your tired joggers and hoodies!”
Shop the trend: Banana Republic Cotton-Linen Utility Jacket, $149
2. “The classic tote bag is the IT and the EVERYTHING bag of the season! With a return to life outside the home, we need something that fits EVERYTHING and a bit more.”
Shop the trend: Stand Studio Assante Diamond Bag, $149.97 (Orig. $350)
3. “Platform styles in sneakers, sandals, heels, boots. Everyone is ready for some height – but not ready to lose the comfort! Platform [sneakers] provides both – in equal measure.”
Shop the trend: Converse Clean Leather Platform Chuck Taylor All Star, $75
4. “Matching sets aren’t going anywhere! From pastels to neutral looks, this summer trend is going to continue to dominate this fall. [This is an] Insta outfit with major style points.”
Shop the trend: Princess Polly Marnie Set Chocolate, $55
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