There has been a big comeback of Y2K fashion trends recently, especially on the popular social media platform TikTok.
If you are unfamiliar with Y2K (in the fashion sense); it refers to fashion trends 2000-2010. It seems like we’re all going back to the 2000s in terms of what we wear. Although fashion is not my job, I thought I would shoot some jams from the 2000s and observe which trends should continue and which can go down in history.
As someone who grew up in the era of the year 2000, accessories were my favorite when I was a kid, and they are now too. There was nothing quite like having your hair pulled back with butterfly hair clips. Butterfly clips are a definite stay; the colorful hair accessory is great for adding excitement to your outfit.
Bandanas are another great way to keep your hair out of your face while letting it go, and they have always stuck in my heart.
Small handbags are an impractical choice to keep, but that doesn’t stop me from saying they’re also a living room because they go so well with just about anything. They might even prevent you from carrying unnecessary items in your bag.
Any sunglasses from the early 2000s, such as oval or square frames, can stay for life; they have so much more character than your usual aviators or circle-shaped sunglasses. It may be an unpopular opinion, but women’s newsboy hats can only stick around for one reason; Selena Quintanilla’s signature style should always be remembered.
Last but not least, with the right amount of glare and sparkle, like minimal on a belt or pockets, dazzling accessories can stay. Now, if that’s overkill, it takes a different type of person to pull it off, but it’s possible.
2000s pants have a nice variety, but low-rise jeans are a must-see selection. Personally, I find low rise jeans very uncomfortable and this style has already had its time to shine; I think it’s time to fold them up and put them away.
Baggy oversized jeans have to stay. Baggy jeans that flow straight are a blessing because they are comfortable and practical. No belt is necessary, leaving room for bloating. I love seeing powerful women in their baggy jeans because I feel powerful in them too.
Sweatpants are something that should always be in the closet. There’s just something about seeing people in sweatpants that makes me think that person is the coolest, classiest person. Cargo pants were a big go-to for me because paired with a cropped t-shirt, they’re perfect. Ultimately, they can be tricky to style, so I’d say they should go.
T-shirts, sports jerseys and bubble jackets will never leave me, and they should never leave anyone’s closet. I think this particular style is a package and I think it changed fashion. I remember seeing the comeback of tall t-shirts, now called oversized t-shirts, and finding it so interesting and comforting because it was the type of style that many POC followed in the 2000s.
Airbrushed shirts are probably a staycation for a lot of people, but personally I think it should be fine. I can appreciate fashion looks from the past, but I just don’t see the need for it. Baby t-shirts also known as cropped shirts should stick around because I just don’t think they’ll ever go out of style, due to the convenience that it’s a bit more stylish than a t plain t-shirt simply because it’s shorter. Halter tops look great on everyone because the combinations you can do with halter tops are endless. Trust me, find a fun halter top and put it on and you’ll feel like a celebrity.
Platform shoes were booming in the early 2000s and they are thriving now. I’m not upset by this in any way, but more than thrilled. I’m 5’2 and the way I feel when I put on any type of platform shoe is indescribable. Platform sneakers, platform boots, platform sandals have to stay. The sparkly gel sandals we all used to run around should be added to stay. I haven’t actually seen them, but that’s why I’m including them. Retro Air Jordans were popular then and they are now. Jordans should and always will be popular.
Animal patterns on clothing should never have stopped, at least not like animal patterns were used in the 2000s. In a halter top or a hat, or a blouse shirt, this pattern brings creativity to an outfit because once you choose that animal pattern, your whole outfit should be centered around that. Although velvet is a texture and not a pattern, it’s something that flourished in the 2000s, especially with juicy couture tracksuits. I would never wear a tracksuit, but it’s still a stay in my lookbook. This choice cannot be explained. I just never want to see the end of tracksuits.
All in all, Y2k trends are hot right now. I love most of them and will be keeping many of these looks in my closet for years to come.