I’d say my taste usually gravitates toward elevated basics (you can’t argue that a simple, neutral outfit isn’t chic), but if you looked at my wish list for this spring, you’d be shocked to see a plethora of colorful items making themselves known. I’m talking full-on Y2K-inspired pieces—things that the crimped-haired and sparkly-glossed version of myself would have coveted years ago. Lime-green cropped sweaters? I need them. Funky-patterned halter tops? I’ll wear ’em with everything. Low-rise denim? You don’t even have to sign me up against my will. And all this style inspo is coming straight from the generation below me: Gen Z.
They’ve declared what’s old is new again. So yes, take out that jean miniskirt you had back in 2002, and wear it out to brunch with your friends. But don’t worry—if you didn’t know there would be a resurgence of your favorite middle-school trends and have since gotten rid of it all, you can still snap up these nostalgic pieces in 2022. H&M, with its affordable pricing (I’m talking pieces that start at just $10) and inclusive sizing (with sizes ranging from 0–18 and XXS–XXL), is especially popular among the most-fashionable Gen Zers out there. So I went ahead and tapped three of them to show me what they’re declaring must-haves from the retailer’s newest spring collection, which is now available on HM.com. Enter Taryn Cumbo, a digital content creator whose content ends up in my “saved” folder almost every week, and Aniyah Morinia and Yusra Siddiqui, two of my Who What Wear co-workers (and friends) who are always inspiring me to push my fashion limits. Keep scrolling to see their picks.