Gen Z is at the forefront of what’s currently in style, and this generation’s love of ’90s nostalgia was in full force on the Oscars red carpet in 2021. As we look forward to this year’s looks, check out the outfits that gave a nod to Gen Z with these trendy looks, from crop tops to cottagecore dresses.
Sneakers with dresses
Chloe Zhao made history as the first woman of colour to win an Oscar for best director, and it’s safe to say she did so in style. The Nomadland writer, editor, producer and director took home her trophies while looking effortlessly cool, pairing fresh white sneakers with an Hermès gown. The look reaffirmed that pairing sneakers with dresses isn’t going away anytime soon.
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Crop tops and high-waisted bottoms
All hail the crop top! Promising Young Woman nominee Carey Mulligan hit a fashion home run in her sequined crop top and high waisted skirt combo. The glittering outfit, while too glam for day-to-day outfits, highlights the tiny top and and baggy bottom look that works whether it’s a high-waisted skirt, jeans or shorts.
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’90s-inspired cut-out dresses
Best Actress nominee Andra Day and presenter Zendaya both paid homage to the ’90s with their bold cut-out dresses.
Day’s asymmetrical slit skirt is giving off ’90s R&B vibes in the best way possible, making it equal parts glamour and fun. It was reminiscent of something Destiny’s Child would have sported back in the day.
Malcom and Marie star Zendaya took a different approach, with a bold lemon-yellow Valentino dress that showed off her midriff. Her platform heels also gave the outfit a ’90s flair.
Related: Disney-star to style icon: Zendaya’s style evolution.
Emerald Fennell took home the award for Best Original Screenplay, and did so in a stunning floral frock. Her printed cottagecore dress is the stuff of Gen Z Tiktok vlogs, and the aesthetic is perfect for summer picnics.
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