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Trends to Look Out For in 2024: Virtual Fashion for Gen Z?

As marketers, we have to stay on top of the latest trends that captivate our target audiences. For Gen Z, one of the most compelling movements is virtual fashion — a trend that's reshaping content strategies across the board.
Understanding Gen Z's Virtual Fashion Landscape
Roblox's 2023 Digital Expression, Fashion & Beauty Trends report shed light on Gen Z's engagement with virtual fashion. The platform, with millions of daily active users predominantly under 16, has become a canvas for self-expression and mental well-being. Gen Z users place significant value on the ability to customize avatars, often preferring to style their digital selves over their physical appearance. This digital expression isn't just a game; it's a critical part of their identity and a space where they feel less judged compared to the physical world. The report also notes that a staggering 56% of Gen Z users find styling their avatar more important than their real-world attire, and 84% are inspired by their digital fashion choices when dressing in real life. For brands, the virtual try-on experience is potent, with 51% of users likely to engage with a brand after interacting with it virtually​​.
Implications for Content Strategy
This shift necessitates a reevaluation of how brands present and share their collections. Virtual fashion weeks and digital showrooms are now essential, offering immersive experiences that go beyond the physical store. Leveraging cloud-based systems to manage and distribute digital assets efficiently and creatively using VR, AR, or even gaming elements can attract and maintain audience attention. It's about creating a seamless 360° digital experience that's organized, accessible, and engaging​​.
Incorporating these insights into your content strategy involves:
Creating Engaging Teasers: Share previews or countdowns to build anticipation for new collections.
Offering Exclusive Digital Experiences: Like AR try-ons or virtual showrooms, to connect with audiences and make them feel part of an exclusive club.
Utilizing Gamification: Encourage interaction with your brand through gaming platforms where Gen Z spends a significant amount of time.
Amplifying Through Social Media: Harness platforms where Gen Z is active, like TikTok, to spread the word about virtual fashion collaborations and drops.
Customizing User Experiences: Allow users to personalize their digital experiences with your brand, reflecting their own styles and preferences.
Analyzing and Adapting: Use analytics to understand how your audience interacts with virtual assets and refine your strategy accordingly.
The rise of virtual fashion is not a fleeting trend but a fundamental shift in how Gen Z experiences and engages with fashion brands. Integrating these elements into your content strategy is not just beneficial; it's becoming essential to remain relevant and competitive in the dynamic landscape of digital fashion.
Jeff Hostetter
Content Marketing Strategist at Neon Supply