Summer Shop Trends: Gen Z versus Millennials Post-lockdown Looks

woman in purple lipstick and sunglasses with hands on head

Both Gen Z and Millennials are shopping on Pinterest to regain freedom this summer and discovering new products to create fresh looks. 

At the start of this year, there was a 20x1 increase in searches in the Shop tab a feed of shoppable, in-stock Product Pins and people who visit Pinterest weekly outspent non-pinners by 2x every month, with an 85% larger basket size2.

Shop tab searches show the differences between the two generations — and it’s not all about skinny jeans and side parts. Gen Z prefers pastel makeup while Millennials go bold, Gen Z is rebellious with leather for summer outfits while Millennials prefer floral skirts and flowy blouses, and Gen Z wants skater room decor while Millennials are creating crystal rooms.

Check out more shopping trends below, and see the full list of Gen Z vs Millennial trends in infographics here

Pinterest Shop Tab Trends

Colorful beauty: soft for Gen Z, bright for Millennials3 

  • Eyes: Gen Z is shopping for pastels and light colors such as  “mint makeup” (7x greater), “makeup looks with white eyeliner (4x), and candy inspired makeup (4x), while Millennials are shopping for “blue liner makeup looks” (11x), “red eyeshadow makeup” (17x), and “green and gold eyeshadow looks” (8x).
  • Lips: Gen Z is about glossy natural looks such as “pink lip gloss” (7x) and “brown lip gloss” (5x) while Millennials are going glittery and bold with “glittery lips” (13x) and “brown lipstick shades” (9x). 
  • Nails: Gen Z is shopping for press-ons and designs such as “summer pastel nails” (60x) and “lavender nails with design” (17x) and Millennials are shopping for “bright summer acrylic nails” (154x) and “rainbow cow print nails” (11x). 

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Infographic of beauty trends

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The reopening wardrobe: rebellious looks for Gen Z, flowy looks for Millennials

  • Known as the generation who leads the trends and challenges the norms, Gen Z is shopping for rebellious looks searching for “androgynous summer fashion” (31x greater), “pants with patches” (17x) and “black leather shorts outfit summer” (18x). And, they’re straying from mainstream high waist jeans and are bringing "low cut jeans outfits" (17x) back. After the success of the “clay ring”, they are now shopping for “cute clay earring ideas” (30x). 
  • Millennials are moving away from  sweatpants by going for comfortable and flowy looks to pair with their bright makeup. They’re shopping for "flowery skirt outfit" (65x), "work polo shirt outfit women " (44x) "flowy blouse outfit" (26x) and pairing bright beauty with light or pastel outfits such as "beige jeans outfit casual" (37x) and “lavender shoes outfit” (18x)

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Infographic of fashion trends

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Home shopping for Y2K vibes: pastel rooms for Gen Z, statement pieces for Millennials 

  • “Room decor Y2K” is a shop trend for both Gen Z and Millennials, increasing 30x and 38x respectively. 
  • Gen Z is shopping for fresh hues such as "sage green and brown bedroom" (27x greater), "pastel dorm room ideas" (12x) and "peach color bathroom" (up 20x, and aesthetics such as “skate room decor” (30x).
  • Millennials are looking for bright touches in their homes shopping for pops of colors and designs such as "red chairs living room decor" (32x), "blue sectional living room sofas" (up 24x). They’re also creating bedrooms to help them relax their minds with searches for "modern boho chic bedroom" (20x) or "crystal room ideas" (29x).

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Infographic of home trends

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1Q1 2020 to Q1 2021; US.
2Dynata for Pinterest, US, 2021 Shopping for fashion and beauty among people who use Pinterest compared to people who don’t use Pinterest but use other platforms, April 2021
3Trends are calculated by comparing normalized searches within the Shop Tab in May ‘21 to April ‘21 within each generation; Gen Z is ages 18-24, Millennials is ages 25-44; global.