Generation Z is bringing back the “dress over jeans” fashion trend and millennials are reeling

Gen Z’s dogged quest to revive a 2000s fashion trend really knows no bounds.

In the news that will shake teenage Disney starlets to their core, the latest look to rise from the dead is that of the dress over jeans. Hannah Montana and Ashley Tisdale have a lot to answer for.

The unfortunate public announcement was made courtesy of TikTok user Liv Rian, who shared it Pictures of a dress with a ruffled hem over flared jeans in the window of fast fashion retailer Supre.

“It’s happening,” Rian captioned the cursed vision, which quickly went viral.

“I walked past Supre to find the DRESS-JEANS COMBINATION.”

A Gen Z girl wears jeans under a dress.
Generation Z is bringing back jeans as part of a clothing trend.

Nearly 10,000 people have viewed the comments in the 24 hours since Rian posted the video, and their message is clear: No self-respecting person or even an ounce of taste wants something like this to happen.

“I can’t relive that era,” one wrote, to which another replied, “Quite literally. There’s a reason everyone stopped wearing these trends. It hurts me physically.”

“I feel like this hasn’t stayed out of style long enough,” commented another.

“NOOOOOOO WE WENT SO GOOD,” said a third.

Some have expressed excitement at the prospect of wearing such an outfit, but I don’t want to make that point here.

Of course, as one user pointed out, we’ve been at risk of a resurgence in this particular trend for some time: let’s not forget last December, when Katie Holmes condescended to walk the red carpet strapless at New York’s iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Bustier (the some refer to as a mini dress) and loose, straight jeans.

It was the outfit that launched a thousand food for thought – The New York Times She somberly asked us if we were indeed ready for the return of the dress-over-jeans gown — and Holmes and her stylist were (rightly) urged to make amends for what they let go.

Rita Ora is seen in SoHo on April 28, 2023 in New York City.
Celebrities like Rita Ora have jumped on the trend.
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Kelly Clarkson from "american idol"
The jeans and dress combination was popular in the early 2000s.

The latter, Brie Welch, told The Times the choice was a combination of her style and Ms Holmes’ own taste and practicality.

“We decided that the bodice’s rich color and subtle bustier effect details would be elegant and fun paired with jeans, adding a more youthful feel to Jingle Ball and the atmosphere there,” explained Ms. Welch.

Holmes, she added, is “more than capable of looking cool in an unintended trend 20 years later.”

The actress later told Glamor she was shocked by the mass hysteria and called the statements about going to jail over the group “strong language”.

“Come on women, let’s hold each other up here. Let’s look a little beyond what we wear. This is our duty to one another. I feel like the woman’s journey goes deeper.”

Caroline Bleakley

Caroline Bleakley is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Caroline Bleakley joined USTimeToday in 2022 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with Caroline Bleakley by emailing

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