EmRata Just Wore Gen Z's Fail-Safe Outfit Combo, and We're Immediately Copying

In case you haven't been scrolling through TikTok lately, you might have missed some very big news. It's official: Gen-Z has declared the Millennial favourite "jeans and a nice top" as officially "over", which begs the question, what do teens and twenty-somethings wear for a dressy evening out? Apparently, it's just a case of switching around your pieces and opting for a plain-top-and-fun-trousers combination, and now celebrities are following suit too. 

Take Emily Ratajkowski's birthday week outfit for example. If we were to look through her past looks and guess what she'd wear next, I'd put money on a simple, fitted top and loose trousers (a pairing you'll see time and again on her Instagram feed), but this time around Ratajkowski appears to have taken tips from TikTok and gone for quite possibly the most statement pair of trousers one could imagine, and with a plain, white bandeau. And honestly, we're here for it. 


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Emily Ratajowski wears Dolce and Gabbana Rainbow Patchwork Suede trousers from the SS'02 collection and a Paco Rabanne chainmail bag.

Whether her look is an intentional nod to Pride month in the US, or just a very stylish outing for a pair of Dolce and Gabbana trousers from the Spring/Summer 2002 show, this buzzy outfit certainly stopped us in our tracks. There's something about the rainbow stripe that feels like a 90's throwback, and any pair of trousers that low-slung immediately takes us back to the Noughties (especially when worn with a boob tube), but given Gen-Z's penchant for retro dressing, this look is so up-to-date it's almost ahead of it's time. And, given the fact that Ratajkowski is a card-carrying Millennial, it's further proof that the next generation are setting the tone when it comes to being fashion forward. 


A quick poll in the Who What Wear office reveals that jeans and a nice top are still just as relevant (and we aren't quite ready to trade in our blue denim just yet), but if you are looking for a way to push your style further, this is definitely one to try. Not sold on rainbow patchwork? Don't worry. We've rounded up some more Gen-Z inspired ways to channel the look for summer, or your next night out (no sequins required).


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Remy Farrell
Fashion Editor

Remy Farrell is a London-based shopping editor with nearly 10 years of editorial experience covering fashion, beauty and lifestyle. After graduating with a journalism degree and working on the editorial and fashion teams for titles such as Grazia, Elle, Cosmopolitan and British Vogue, she moved into the luxury e-commerce sector, working as fashion assistant at TheOutnet.com styling for the social media channels and helping to develop the collections for the in-house brand Iris & Ink. After expanding an assisting and styling portfolio that includes shooting talent such as Gigi Hadid, Victoria Beckham and Miquita Oliver, she also branched out into beauty, creating tried-and-tested reviews and diverse beauty content.

In her role as shopping editor at Who What Wear, Remy is interested in discovering new and exciting brands to share with the Who What Wear readership and particularly loves uncovering hidden gems at affordable prices to make shopping accessible to everyone.

Born and raised in Sheffield, Yorkshire, Remy moved to London in 2014 and lives in the Docklands with her partner and pug Billie.