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 *Guest post from Sophia Smith*

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If you’ve ever seen a 60s or 70s movie then you probably noticed how people used to dress the same, making the fashion of that age very memorable. However, if somebody asked you to draw or take a photo of an ordinary fashion combination of today, what would it be? What kind of combination would you choose? You’d probably have a difficult time choosing that one since the fashion industry is rapidly changing and there are numerous styles to follow.

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The idea of every millennial is to dress comfortably yet classy and fashionably – that is why the combination of sporty and elegant is so popular nowadays, and it’s quite difficult to separate what is casual from what is formal. But how do millennials affect the style of the XXI century?

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Thanks to the extremely fast pace of life, it’s quite difficult for us to run after work or college home to change if we want to go clubbing that night. Luckily, we’ve come to the moment when the attires that we can wear both to work and the night out are rather similar, and we can easily transform our combination to suit both needs. If you’re wearing a fitted dress, simply put on a blazer and add an interesting necklace and you’ve got yourself a completely new look.

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Jeans, shirts and T-shirts found their way into every style – so choose one of these pieces and you can attend an office meeting, party or even a wedding ceremony. The trick for doing this is combining the perfect accessories or other similar details since that’s what differentiates the informal and business style. For example, the Australian brand Oroton offers a wide range of bags, scarves or sunglasses which makes this task easier.

The business look of the XXI century

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If somebody from the 50s would come to any workplace where millennials work, they’d probably think it’s casual Friday. At least that’s the case according to a 2016 OfficeTeam survey which found that one-third of all middle-aged managers described the new business-dressing culture as too much skin.

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Even though this might be the case, there are several quite important and old companies that were once very strict about their dress code, and who are now changing the rules. For example, IBM who was once sworn to dark pants and white shirt, changed their rules in favour of the millennials who like to mix different colours. Times and business styles have certainly changed – we live and work in a world where it’s perfectly normal and formal to wear jeans with a blazer, or a dress with some cool and trendy sneakers.

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What’s good is that popular brands recognized this. That’s why good fast-fashion retailers such as H&M or Vans are quite popular – they are fashionable and also very affordable. They are not high-quality, but they will do their job for at least half of the year. However, all of us crave for a good, high-quality designer piece of clothing, which could be, well, quite expensive. As a result of that need, many designer brands took the liberty of combining formal and casual in the best way possible. This approach towards fashion made it easier for any woman to choose a perfect outfit for any situation. The trick is to look classy, minimalistic, simple and yet expensive.

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It seems that millennials can do literally anything. They really are the original fashion designers and fashion gurus: they can dictate the prices of certain brands, blur the lines of male-female or vintage-punk styles even more, easily shift between formal and casual, and even make a regular person the most wanted designer in the world. And that’s good, isn’t it?


Sophia Smith is an Australia-based beauty and style blogger and graphic designer. She is very passionate about the latest fashion trends and minimalism. Sophia writes mostly about fashion-related topics in her articles. She is a regular contributor and style editor at High Style Life, but beyond this, Sophia has contributed to a number of publications including: LA Fashion, Viva Glam Magazine, Just Haves, How to Simplify and Carousel.

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7 thoughts on “How Millennials Dictate the New Style Rules – Guest Post”

  1. Love this! I would say that if I learned anything in art school is that one never dictates fashion, art, or music. That there is nothing new under the sun. Just a prettier version of something already in the world. As everything that appears in print or show is years in the making, in terms of apparel, design, and marketing. If anything we millennials aren’t dictating fashion but how it appears on media, in my humble option.

  2. OMG, I loved this piece! You’re so right, most older generations don’t understand how millennials dress nowadays. It’s so funny, but I agree that you can literally wear jeans to an office meeting then dress it up for a night on the town later that evening!

    Such a good read!!


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