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Noughties Rodeo: a key trend amongst Gen Z for S/S 22 denim

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Nov 08, 2021 By WGSN Insider

As Noughties Nostalgia continues to drive youth trends, the 2000's Western style emerges as Gen Z's latest aesthetic to watch. Rodeo-inspired fashion taps into social media popularity, vintage authenticity among youth consumers and their yearning for freedom.

Trending on TikTok, rodeo is a trend that has gone through various iterations throughout the years and is starting to re-emerge, driven by TikTok trends, pop culture and fashion collabs such as Rodarte x Tom Petty and Ivy Park x adidas. Although heavily reliant on footwear and accessories, with #cowboyboots accounting for over 142m views on TikTok, #western is also updating apparel, denim and prints and graphics.


Vintage fits

Thrifting remains a key consumer habit, with Gen Z preferring conscious shopping. Western classics commonly found in thrift stores, such as fringed jackets and original 1990s and 2000s denim, are rising as must-have items.

Outdoor boom

The Western style is associated with a sense of freedom and outdoor living, and taps into a yearning for adventure and freedom. Denim brands can respond to this with mid-weight layers, a mix of light and sturdy materials, and an earth-toned colour palette for versatile summer-to-autumn favourites.

Driven by the ongoing popularity of 2000s trends, thrifting as a consumer habit and Western aesthetics are associated with a sense of freedom and outdoor living. Denim brands should balance timeless classics with on-season trends to revamp rodeo looks and spark consumer desire.

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