Staying in is the new going out
Thousands of nightclubs are shutting down every year because they simply can’t afford to keep their doors open without the crucial young adult audience. The reasons why Millennials are avoiding clubs vary, but they mostly come down to long queues, steep prices and an atmosphere that is just too wild. So people like to stay in, have a small get-together, or at most throw a house party. It is cheaper, and they have more control over their surroundings. Nowadays, they will only attend clubs on special occasions or if a specific artist is performing. So if there is a special electro-swing night at a club, they might put on their favorite pair of jazz shoes and dance the night away. The next time you are invited by a Millennial to a party, be aware that it’s probably not going to be a crazy night out, but rather a chill night in.
A new way to dress
If we had to define Millennial fashion in two words, those words would probably be responsible and unique. The responsible part has a lot of different aspects: firstly, Millennials are usually very wise with their money, and they know how much they can afford to spend on clothes (and where the cuts will be if they overspend), which means that second-hand shops are being brought back into life, offering great style for a fraction of the price of the original items. Secondly, they are very aware that fast fashion is not benefiting our planet, so you can often find them searching for eco-friendly brands and items made out of recycled materials. And then comes “unique”. Being your own person and having your own style has become a must, and Millennials are finding new ways to personalize and adapt their clothing. But if you’re going to a party, you want to also aim for comfort, so it’s important to dress for the occasion. Want to spend the night around a fireplace in someone’s backyard? Bring the parkas and the oversized coats. Or if you are planning a cozy movie night, then make sure you’re wearing something you’ll be warm and comfy in.
Forget about the takeaway pizza and the midnight burger runs, Millennials are all about the homemade, organic, new-age food. They make their own organic hummus with fresh veggie dippers, prepare fondue for dinner and satisfy their sweet tooth with raw cashew cakes. When it comes to drinks, Millennials are drinking less alcohol than previous generations, preferring fresh juices, smoothies and teas. And if all of this sounds a bit dull, it’s probably because it’s being compared to the wild party animals Millennials are portrayed as in the media, and even by themselves online.
As the first generation to walk through most of their life with a phone in their hands, Millennials are pretty serious about recording everything that happens in their life. And yes, that often takes away from them actually being in the moment and having fun, because they are trying too hard to take a picture that makes it look like they are having fun. But many of them also have a lot of close friends across the globe, and the best way to keep them updated on what’s going on is via social media posts.
So, are Millennials partying differently than the generations that came before them? Most definitely. But that’s not a bad thing, because every generation has something special about them, and this is simply what this one is bringing to the table. Now it’s up to Gen Z and Gen Alpha to dictate their own trends and perhaps bring back the party culture that took a break during the past few decades. And if you find yourself not fitting in the description of your generation, remember that you are your own person, and you can define yourself however you want. So, whether you are hitting the clubs or the sheets at 10pm, stay true to what feels best for you, and you will make a proud member of your generation.
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Georgia Selih is author at highstylife.com. By nature an artist, by profession a journalist. An irreparable print lover who is enjoying this hot digital affair.