Millennial Guys Are Redefining What It Means To Have Style

Millennial guys are redefining "fashion" and what it means to have style.

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Style and fashion used to be the realms of women, but guys are putting a lot of effort into looking good these days.

It’s not that guy style ever really went away — there was the "Miami Vice" look of the 80s, the grunge look of the 90s, the metrosexual craze of the 00s — but now guys are pursuing fashion with a new passion, curating their own unique looks, rather than just copying what they see on TV.

They’re finding inspiration everywhere, from blogs to magazines to social media. Millennials are a knowledge-hungry generation looking for information on their passions anywhere they can find it, and guys are no different with style. In fact, several shuttered men’s fashion magazines, including M and Best Life, are coming back to newsstands as publishers realize that men are actively seeking information about style.

What’s more, as guys play with fashion and mix and match different looks, their definition of “style” has broadened to include concepts that wouldn’t have been considered “fashion” in the past. There’s The Skartorialist (a play on The Sartorialist who also covers men’s fashion) who photographs and blogs about skater style. And of course there are plenty of examples of sneakers as fashion — just ask anyone who bought a pair of anaconda skin Nike Air Yeezy 2s this month. That doesn’t mean high-end elements aren’t also important to guys as they craft their looks. “Mad Men” has pushed the sleek, polished style of the 60s back into stores, and even the pocket square is making a comeback, with a distinctive Millennial twist of using unusual patterns, such as camo, to give it a little modern edge.

It’s also easier than ever for guys to create their own unique look. They’re avid online shoppers. They can research, track down, and buy just about any fashion object these…

 
 

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“I want to work for myself so that I can have more flexibility and be my own boss. I have an online business.”
—Female, 16, FL

Fast fashion is only getting faster as Asos & Boohoo outpace industry front-runners, Zara and H&M, moving clothes from concept to sales floor in less than four weeks. These up and comers’ fast paced supply chains, coupled with millennial-minded tactics and strong social media presences, are driving a 30-35% expected sales growth for Asos and 50% for Boohoo. A major contributor to Boohoo’s profit margin is its army of celebrities, bloggers, and other influencers who promote its clothing across Instagram. Zara and H&M, meanwhile, saw slowing YOY sales growth; H&M has admitted its need to speed up and announced plans to change its supply chain accordingly. (QuartzThe Guardian)

A new Doritos bag will be loaded with the entire Guardians of the Galaxy 2 soundtrack, via a built-in cassette player. A limited number of the “Awesome Mix” soundtrack bags will be available on Amazon tomorrow, and influencers will be activated to take the bag to surprising locales and sing a song of their choice. Fans will also be invited to go to custom pop-up recording booths, record their track, and upload it to social media for a chance to win prizes. Thanks to social media posts and unboxing trends, packaging has the potential to become a spotlight stealer, and brands are thinking outside the box to make packaging as interesting as the product. (Creativity)

Apple wants to be Gen Z’s Starbucks. The brand is reimagining stores to encourage teen hang out sessions, rebranding the Genius Bar as the Genius Grove, and aptly adding some foliage to the space. The start of a series of educational sessions next month will also bring in photographers, artists, and musicians to teach lessons and in some cases, perform concerts. Apple’s head of retail says of the effort: “I’ll know we’ve done a really, really great job if the next generation, if Gen Z says, ‘Meet me at Apple. Did you see what’s going on at Apple today?’” Ypulse’s Experiencification trend explored the fact that more retailers are looking to turn stores into social spaces to attract young shoppers. (QuartzApple)

Coachella has become a profit powerhouse, with earnings of $94 million last year, and nearly half of all attendees are 18-34-years-old. Brands have been looking for any way to activate their spending power through the event—including influencer marketing, which reportedly earns an estimated $6.50 for every $1 spent. This year, American Express became the first official credit card of the prodigious festival, using influencers to spread their message on-site instead of signage and “overt product messaging.” One AMEX executive emphasizes, “You can’t deny the power and reach of influencers today.”(Forbes)

Mars’ new ad has gone viral with Gen Z, thanks to the power of online celebrities. The video, promoting popular U.K. candy bar Maltesers as it launches in the U.S, features social media and YouTube stars Caspar Lee, Andrew Huang, and Dytto and has earned almost 2.8 million views in the last few weeks. The campaign encourages positivity in the face of typical “teen crises” as the influencers are shown turning #FML moments into “Fun Maltesers Life” moments. The spot is part of a larger effort, which will include distribution across social media channels, custom content creation with BuzzFeed, and a tour featuring an experiential photo-op, game play zone, and 10 million free samples. (MediaPost)

Quote of the Day: “I don't drink on a typical night, but my choice when I do have a drink is often red wine.”

—Female, 34, FL

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