How TikTok took over the wardrobes of our teens


Your Gap hoodie? To verify. Daddy’s jeans? Yeah. Surely not his underwear? Don’t ask… Laura Craik takes a look at some of the weirdest fashion follies currently sweeping the teenage planet

Teens take inspiration from TikTok fashion

All parents know that they are not supposed to understand the behavior of their teenager. Teenagers wouldn’t be teenagers if their parents understood their musical tastes, approved of their stupendous use of the screen, or wanted to buy the same oversized, ragged, and extremely oversized jeans. But even by teenage standards, today’s teens seem to subscribe to a set of fashion and beauty ideals that are baffling to say the least. In your day, the strangest thing you wore were pedal pushers. OK, so they were pretty weird. But they weren’t as weird as half the things your beloved daughter shakes in.

Where does she get her ideas from? TIC Tac. You don’t like its style? Blame the phenomenon of social media. With 732 million active and cash users every month, it has already infiltrated your teenager’s wardrobe. Read on to find out how …

She keeps asking if you got something ‘Y2K’

Why two what? This is not the first time that your daughter has spoken in tongues. Apparently, the year 2000 is their end for the 2000s, that distant decade that seems as distant and archaic to them as the 1960s did to us when we were teenagers. For some inexplicable reason, brands that were once a bit of a laughing stock (Von Dutch, Billabong), brands so mundane they didn’t generate much enthusiasm (Timberland, Gap), and brands that were loved by Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie in The Simple Life (Juicy Couture, True Religion) are now coveted by your teenager. Eager to improve my reputation with my daughter, I told her that I was the first person to interview the founders of Juicy Couture in 2000 and that I had a fairly comprehensive collection – sorry, but that I gave it my all. to charities a long time ago. She looked appalled. ‘WHAT?’ she yelled. Turns out the corduroy sweatpants and matching hoodie I wore throughout my pregnancy have quite a bit of character these days.

Paris Hilton rocked the Y2K style at the time

Paris Hilton rocked the Y2K style at the time

All his free time is devoted to the flea market

“We set our alarms at 8 am,” my then 13-year-old daughter announced on a Saturday. Did she have a hockey game? No, she and her friend wanted to head to Brick Lane Market in east London early for the best deals. Four hours later, she returned triumphant with a pee-smelling baseball jacket and a pair of dog-eared Nike shoes for a five.

Topshop might have been your go-to retailer as a teenager, but charity stores are the new trend, a trend driven in large part by TikTok, which is full of videos captioned “Come Shop With Me”. If your teenage girl doesn’t browse charity shops and markets looking for bargains she can resell on Depop (a friend of mine has a lucrative business buying Miss Sixty jeans for £ 10 and selling them for £ 40), she flips them, a practice that involves buying something cheap while seeing the potential to make it into something more ‘peng’ (attractive).

The hashtag #thriftflip has 1.7 billion views on TikTok, and the site has countless tutorials showing how a midi skirt can be transformed into a bandeau dress, or a frumpy blouse with a teen-approved print can be. turned into a top: check @nelsybopx for inspiration.

She has a bewildering obsession with the Slazenger skort

In the 1980s, when ancient relics like his parents used phrases like “trendy,” Slazenger was all the rage. It was when Björn Borg was growing up. Who? Oh whatever. You had a very chic white pleated Slazenger tennis skirt, but alas, you never owned a black and white Slazenger skort. Which is a shame, because your teen wouldn’t have to scour the internet for a while. Marnie, Molly, and Mabel all have one, and she wants one too, only Sports Direct is sold out meaning she’s forced to watch Depop, the mark-ups of which are ridiculous (it costs £ 11 new, but is being bought basically for the benefit of users who then return it for £ 35). The hashtag #tennisskirt might have over 85 million views on TikTok, but suggests that she purchases another brand of tennis skirt at your own risk. It must be Slazenger, mom.

Slazenger skorts are back in fashion

Slazenger skorts are back in fashion

… that she will completely deny loving next month

No, it certainly wasn’t her Depop and Ebay trawl for a Slazenger skort. You are getting senile, mom. Or maybe you’re perimenopause, because she hates Slazenger skorts. Would not be seen dead in one. Too much last month. Giant Eyeroll.

Your scarves have been stolen

Not your winter woolens: your silks. She tried to steal your handkerchiefs, but found that they were too small for her purpose: her goal being to fold them in half like a triangle and tie them around her body in the All Saints style circa 1997 or Beyoncé in 2000. Why? Maybe because she checked out the scarf tutorials on TikTok, of which there are thousands (if you fancy trying this out at home, check out @carolinafreixa whose demo has over 235,000 likes). The #scarftop hashtag has over 54 million views on TikTok, with users experimenting with all kinds of breathtaking and flesh-shattering variations. Don’t even think about pointing out that you can see your daughter’s bra straps – “that’s a vibe,” apparently.

Always at the forefront, Beyonce wore the look of the scarf in 2000

Always at the forefront, Beyonce wore the look of the scarf in 2000

It can’t be appreciated from a gap hoodie you haven’t worn since 1994

Usually his hoodie tastes go to expensive brands like Stüssy or Palace. But this month it’s Gap. Is it because the legendary but troubled brand recently signed a ten-year deal with Kanye West’s fashion label Yeezy? Nope. That’s because 20-year-old influencer Emma Chamberlain (13.6 million Instagram followers; 10.4 million TikTok followers) recently posted two photos of herself wearing a thrift store. Gap hoodie. Four million likes and over 12,000 comments later, the beleaguered label launched in 1969 and adored by models in the 90s is cool again. Gap recently announced the closure of all of its stores in the UK and Ireland. Can Generation Z Save Him? Considering that posts tagged #GapHoodie have garnered over 6.8 million views on TikTok, we wouldn’t bet against that.

She photographs piles of garbage

Doja Cat’s rap is blaring loudly from the bedroom, which can only mean one thing – she’s photographing her booty again. To the untrained eye, it may look like a heap of garbage, but there are kudos in these Brandy Melville jeans; at least for today. This is how quickly your teenager will embrace and then reject any given trend that transport contents change from month to month, or even week to week. In May, it may have been some 70s-inspired Zara pants that were deemed “really Gucci”. In June, maybe it was an H&M snake print bikini. In July, it could have been a shell necklace or a big plastic ring.

On TikTok, the hashtag #fashionhaul has more than 198 million views, with the most popular users able to go viral, this is their influence. Natalie Holland (@princxss_nj) had 1.4 million views and 204,000 likes for a video featuring her Stradivarius fashion journey, while @brookehwr’s Zara journey had 1.2 million views. Who knows what will be hot next month? A Shein Merkin? An Asos thong?

Daddy’s jeans are no longer his

When she was little, you looked forward to the day your teenager would borrow your clothes. Maybe you would even share some of them. Dream. Mom’s clothes are tragic. Daddy’s clothes, on the other hand, are highly desirable. Never mind that the scale hasn’t been nice to dad in the meantime: XXL sizes are a bonus. No jeans are too big, no sweatshirt too loose to be stolen from her wardrobe: she will simply hold the jeans with a neon lace stitched with one of her little brother’s sneakers, or wear the sweatshirt to the way of a dress.

Once her hands are hidden and you can barely see her legs, she will be ready to leave the house. Or maybe she’ll just wear daddy’s favorite sweatshirt in bed. My daughter loves her father’s White Fruit of the Loom sweatshirt so much that he bought her one for Christmas. But does that prevent him from borrowing his? Make a wild guess.

You found men’s underpants in his bedroom

It happened. She met a boy. He was in his room. He left his underwear on. Oh my God. Wait. These striped boxers look familiar. You could swear they’re your husband’s. Maybe you put the laundry in the wrong room, only you never do it, because you are Supermom, which can only mean one thing: even your husband’s underwear is out of order. away from the clutches of your teenager.

If you want to know how they style these inexplicably in demand items, take advice from TikTok user @princxss_nj, whose video of herself modeling a three-pack of Primark men’s boxers has so far amassed nearly 230,000 likes. But why buy from Primark – or anywhere – when you can loot daddy’s pants drawer? What a glorious time to be young and alive.

Additional reporting: Charlotte Vossen


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