Fashion goes beyond retro-kitsch, appealing to nostalgic Gen X insiders
Trend: With endless Instagram feeds and Tumblr accounts dedicated to retro fashion, throwback aesthetics are assumed to target Millennials. However, a more nuanced approach to old-school revival is rising in popularity: archival re-releases, the popularity of which hinges on the audience’s ability to recognize references from the 90s and early 2000s.
Insight: The time period referenced by this approach to nostalgia indicates an attempt to appeal to young Gen Xers who have insider knowledge of fads from this bygone era. This is because the notoriously difficult-to-target generation is more inclined to react to familiarity. References to their own lived experiences take this to the extreme, while also acknowledging that “cool” does not belong to the youth consumer, but to the generation who initiated the trends that are only now being revived through social media.