Dear Marcy

Dear Marcy: Skinny Jeans And Side Parts Are Out?

illustration by Marina Daineko


It’s Another “Dear Marcy! Ask Her Anything And Hope She Doesn’t Answer!” …


Dear Marcy,

Us Millennial women are getting trolled by Gen Z girls. They think we look stupid in our skinny jeans and side parts. They are being soooooo mean. In fact they are being so mean I want to cry.

But you know what? Part of me Doesn’t. Even. Care. 

I LIKE my skinny jeans and I LIKE my side part and I am NOT giving them up. No matter what.

Does this mean I’m now old?





Once marauding gangs of girls wearing mom jeans and crop tops terrorize you into making you cry and cling desperately to outdated fashion, you are officially considered … an oldie.

But don’t despair.  These terrorizing teens in 1970’s center parts are actually doing you Millennial mavens a favor. By taking you all down a peg – i.e. letting you know that your generation is no longer the most relevant, coolest, and sexiest – you are now free to simply be.

Besides, do you really think you can win against a generation who survived Tide Pod challenges and over a year of Zoom school? 


At least you’re not still living at home. Or are you?

Buck up. Be brave. Wear your skinny jeans and side part even if teenagers openly mock you. It’s what teenagers do and you are not one of them anymore.

And I, as a perpetually forgotten and/or maligned member of Gen X, am here for it.

Payback sucks, amirite?

(sorry, not sorry)

You’re Welcome,


*For more advice from Marcy, check out our book, “Dear Marcy … Ask Her Anything And Hope She Doesn’t Answer!”

*Below is a cute video about this subject of generational warfare by the uber cute, Holderness Family.

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  • Reply Vik April 29, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    It all comes back around, so WHATEVER!

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch April 29, 2021 at 12:44 pm

      Exactly! I’ve been wearing a center part since 1972! Also, I never got into the whole skinny jeans (i bought one pair and hated them) look so my flares and wide-legs are also back in style! And hey – the kids are still rockin’ gray hair so I am feeling very on trend! (not really tho lol)

  • Reply TheLadyK April 29, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    This is all just too exhausting. I’m glad I’m also an old lady Gen-X-er who doesn’t have to care what some 17 year old thinks of my old lady lack of style. Besides, it’s too hot here in Florida right now to even think about wearing jeans. What would they say about my wearing my galaxy leggings with stars and planets all over them??

    • mm
      Reply Marcy Cat April 29, 2021 at 1:39 pm

      Actually, Gen Z would think those leggings are cool. Facts.

  • Reply Big Mamma April 29, 2021 at 4:28 pm

    This is great news! I never liked skinny jeans and there’s an authentic pair of 90’s moms hanging in my closet.
    If you keep your old stuff and live long enough, you’ll be trendy again.

    • mm
      Reply Marcy Cat April 29, 2021 at 4:31 pm

      you could sell them to the zoomers for a lot of money.

  • Reply Patty April 30, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    I never looked right in skinny jeans so I’ve never owned a pair. I would like to try the center part but I don’t think it works well with grey hair. I’m embracing my old age ?.

    • mm
      Reply Marcy Cat April 30, 2021 at 7:07 pm

      that’s for the best.

  • Reply Antonymous May 19, 2021 at 5:12 am

    Hi, while some petty trendy teens exist, including the phenomenon you mentioned, which is pretty funny, that I know they are wearing all kind of styles from 60’s vintage whith include side parts, to 80’s to 2000’s vintage (:.

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch August 12, 2021 at 3:40 pm

      I am so very sorry! Your comment got hung up in my comment folder – some kind of glitch – and I am just seeing it now! Yikes!
      Yes – I agree – I am seeing so many fashion trends from the 80’s – 2000’s on teens. What kills me are the ones that I think are so unflattering. For example – baggy pleated pants! I also saw Anthropologie advertising baggy sweater vests – the exact kind I wore in 1985 … with the baggy pleated pants. LOL If I wear this stuff now I will just look like an old lady.
      Thank you so much for your comment! Ah … again I am sorry for the 3 month delay. We redid my site back in April and I wonder if that had something to do with your comment getting lost.

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