TikTokers are predicting the Gen Z design trends that will soon be as 'cheugy' as millennials' favorite styles

  • Millennials' favorite design trends, like chevron prints and mustache decor, have been declared "cheugy."

  • But some TikTokers are pointing out that Gen Z's preferences are sure to meet the same fate.

  • Gen Z staples like checker prints and cowboy decor are just a different take on millennial trends.

Checkerboard print is to Gen Z what chevron was to millennials.

That's according to some TikTokers, who have begun predicting which of Gen Z's beloved design trends will someday get the millennial treatment — that is, be made fun of for being "cheugy" or overdone.

Chevron print, for example, had millennials in a chokehold throughout the 2010s, when the pattern could be found on everything from dresses to rugs. Now, however, the zig-zag print has been replaced by Gen Z's beloved checkerboard print, which will one day meet the same fate.

It's not just checkered patterns that will succumb to the whims of the trend cycle. In a TikTok video posted Friday, 26-year-old creator Reeves Connelly outlined some of Gen Z's favorite design trends, as well as their millennial equivalents. The video had 3.4 million views as of Saturday.

Among the trends Connelly listed was Gen Z's obsession with cowboy couture, which he equated with millennials' fervor over mustaches — not necessarily on people's faces, but printed on mugs and wall art, or tattooed on people's fingers.

"I haven't had the guts to tell my sister that her cowboy frog tattoo is her generation's mustache finger tattoo," one person wrote in a comment that amassed nearly 40,000 likes.

Connelly also pointed out that in the 2010s, it was popular to hang Tumblr-inspired fairy lights around one's bedroom. Gen Z has ditched the string lights for LED strip lights, which they tack beneath their beds or around their TVs for a pop of ambiance, according to the video.

Meanwhile, Connelly said the Gen Z "squiggle mirror" has replaced millennials' favorite geometric-shaped mirrors.

"The 'squiggle mirror' has to be the most Gen Z-coded piece of furniture there is," Connelly said in the video. "I feel like the millennials' version of that is these geometric hanging mirrors."

Gen Z prefers stacked-ring vases, while millennials tended towards multipurpose Mason jars.
Gen Z prefers stacked-ring vases, while millennials tended towards multipurpose Mason jars.MoMA Design Store, Freddy Napoleoni/Getty Images

Finally, while millennials used Mason jars for everything from workplace salads to wedding decor, Gen Zers have swapped the glass vessels for bubbly, stacked-ring vases.

"Someone needs to study the impact of the Mason jar on millennial culture," Connelly said. "They were everywhere. The Gen Z equivalent are these stacked ring cups."

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