Gen Z reveals they are already nostalgic for 2014

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Seven years ago may feel like yesterday to many, but teens who were kids in 2014 already long for the era, praising their love of the fashion, music and style of the 2010s to TikTok.

The bizarre trend is for teenagers to play music from that era, with hits from Lana Del Ray, Five Seconds of Summer, Arctic Monkeys and One Direction among the big hitters.

In dozens of clips, Gen Zers show videos and photos of styles and images from the era, including thigh-high socks, tennis skirts, ripped tights, and oversaturated photos.

Some also dress up in the trends with matte lipstick, American Apparel clothes, and pose with cigarettes and multi-colored Starbucks drinks.

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Seven years ago may feel like yesterday to many, but teens who were kids in 2014 already long for the era, praising their love of the fashion, music and style of the 2010s to TikTok.  Pictured: A tribute from TikTok users to 2014

Seven years ago may feel like yesterday to many, but teens who were kids in 2014 already long for the era, praising their love of the fashion, music and style of the 2010s to TikTok. Pictured: A tribute from TikTok users to 2014

Another TikToker shared her views on the era

Another TikToker shared her views on the era

In the bizarre new trend, teenagers play music from that era, with favorites Lana Del Ray, Five Seconds of Summer, Arctic Monkeys and One Direction.  They show images from that era, such as colorful Starbucks (right)

In the bizarre new trend, teenagers play music from that era, with favorites Lana Del Ray, Five Seconds of Summer, Arctic Monkeys and One Direction.  They show images from that era, such as colorful Starbucks (right)

In the bizarre new trend, teenagers play music from that era, with favorites Lana Del Ray, Five Seconds of Summer, Arctic Monkeys and One Direction. They show images from that era, such as colorful Starbucks (right)

Those in their mid-twenties have also joined the trend, with many reactivating their Tumblr profiles to showcase what they wore as a teen, while others joked that the era shouldn’t be romanticized as they cringe at their own fashion choices from the era.

Many have pointed to the social networking site Tumblr – ‘and cult of Tumblr girls’ – to glorify the aesthetic – with # 2014tumblr getting over 47 million views on TikTok, while # 2014 has over five million views and # 2014aesthetic an additional 1.5 million.

The term Tumblr girls refers to women who often became ‘famous’ on the website – and who were usually seen as attractive and interested in fashion, particularly hipster and alternative clothing.

They were characterized by posting lots of photos of themselves and having a grungy look.

Those in their mid-twenties have also joined the trend, with many reactivating their Tumblr profiles to showcase what they wore as a teen, while others joked that the era shouldn't be romanticized as they cringe at their own fashion choices from the era.  Pictured: A TikTok tribute to the era

Those in their mid-twenties have also joined the trend, with many reactivating their Tumblr profiles to showcase what they wore as a teen, while others joked that the era shouldn't be romanticized as they cringe at their own fashion choices from the era.  Pictured: A TikTok tribute to the era

Those in their mid-twenties have also joined the trend, with many reactivating their Tumblr profiles to showcase what they wore as a teen, while others joked that the era shouldn’t be romanticized as they cringe at their own fashion choices from the era. Pictured: A TikTok tribute to the era

In one video, 27-year-old Simone Murphy from London jokes ‘to 2014 someone needs something’ while wearing a leather jacket, black creeper shoes and a mini skirt.

“Eternally jealous of everyone who became famous,” she captioned the video, which has been viewed more than 330,000 times.

Another video shows a teen complaining that she missed ‘2014’ for a few years and how great it would have been to be a teenager in 2012-2015.

Another video shows a teen complaining that she missed '2014' for a few years and how great it would have been to be a teenager in 2012-2015.

Another video shows a teen complaining that she missed '2014' for a few years and how great it would have been to be a teenager in 2012-2015.

Another video shows a teen complaining that she missed '2014' for a few years and how great it would have been to be a teenager in 2012-2015.

Another video shows a teen complaining that she missed '2014' for a few years and how great it would have been to be a teenager in 2012-2015.

Another video shows a teen complaining that she missed ‘2014’ for a few years and how great it would have been to be a teenager in 2012-2015.

People are commenting on videos saying they miss the era, referring to Lana Del Ray

People are commenting on videos saying they miss the era, referring to Lana Del Ray

People are commenting on videos saying they miss the era, referring to Lana Del Ray

Other items that are common in videos are cigarettes, polaroid cameras and iPhone 6s.

While many of the items aren’t specific to the teen culture of 2014 and existed years before, it seems that many teens and twenties are nostalgic about lockdown.

Many college students – who would have been teenagers in the Tumblr era – have gone back to their kids’ bedrooms, sparking a new wave of nostalgia, after lugging through closets to find their old clothes.

Tumblr hit its peak in early 2010 and sold to Yahoo for $ 1.1 billion in 2014.

Ripped tights and inverted shoes are also a mainstay of the era, with many images of them in their posts

Ripped tights and inverted shoes are also a mainstay of the era, with many images of them in their posts

Ripped tights and inverted shoes are also a mainstay of the era, with many images of them in their posts

Other trends associated with the era were big in the early 1990s and 1990s, including tennis skirts and grunge.

Told Krystine Batcho, a psychology professor who studies nostalgia at Le Moyne College Vox Last year, the surge in Tumblr use and the rise of the 2014 aesthetic could be due to people feeling nostalgic in lockdown.

Life as we knew it might never return in the same form. We really long to be able to visit that past, if nothing else, ”she said.

Even Tumblr itself has seen a wave of old content, Cortney Kerans, the head of communications at Tumblr, added to Vox that in 2020 they saw a wave of posts from a decade ago.