Remember those Y2K fashion trends? They’re back to make you nostalgic

If you had a bouncy chair in your bedroom (probably next to a lava lamp) and a stack of albums from Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Destiny’s Child, we’re about to give you some fashion flashbacks. The whole year 2000 (around the year 2000) is making a comeback in the fashion world, and it’s mainly thanks to TikTok. While Gen-Z opines on everything from butterfly clips and low-rise jeans to baby tees and belted skirts (think Aguilera in the ‘Dirty‘ video) to mini shoulder bags to bejeweled sunglasses, those of us who wore these trends the first time around can be picky eaters with the ones we choose to wear again.

Bella Hadid (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)

One thing’s for sure, though, Bella Hadid is leading the Y2K throwback – trying on every trend, from butterfly print pants and leather jackets to crop tops and multiple claw clips. Minimalists, look away, because the year 2000 was famous for being totally extra. We all remember Paris Hilton’s Juicy Couture rhinestone-embellished velvet tracksuit, right? Well, all rhinestones is also another trend that is coming back.

Diesel Fashion Week in Milan

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Spotted at Milan Fashion Week during the Diesel Spring/Summer 2023 show, small embellished shoulder bags and sparkly shoes elevated every nod to the 2020s outfit. And yes, of course, baggy cargo pants are a must. back too. And although they’ve been around for a few months, they’re going to get even bigger in the future.

Showing how to bring ‘fights’ back to the current decade, Indya Brown (above) wears a more fitted neutral pair with a collared cardigan. Courts and a neon bag can be very Y2K, but it’s the fuss-free style that makes them more wearable right now.

Mia Regan wasn’t even born until 2002, but she’s one of many influencers to try all the retro trends (at once). Daring to wear micro minis, chokers, cami tops and buckled belts that remind us of our collection of disc belts, it’s safe to say that she fully embraces the girl group era. .

Like it or not, Y2K fashion is prevalent in many department store and designer collections right now. If you want to try it out but don’t want to look like a Britney impersonator, go for one item at a time. Whether it’s baggy jeans with a sleek white shirt, a rhinestone shoulder bag with a classic LBD or a low cut mini skirt with a loose sweater.

Shop our selection of some of the best Y2K fashion items right now. And don’t worry, there’s no need to wear them with an inflatable bubble bag anymore – although our inner Spice Girl kinda wants it!

Zara, Butterfly Crop Top

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Y2K style can pretty much be summed up in two words: butterfly tops.

Arket, rhinestone shoulder bag

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A Y2K outfit isn’t complete without a shoulder bag.

Agolde, Organic low-rise baggy jeans

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Wide leg jeans are very fashionable – and come straight from the pantheon of the year 2000.

Jacquemus, Short cardigan Le Cardigan Alzou

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The fall equivalent of baby t-shirts = cropped cardigans.

H&M, Miniskirt

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The early 2000s was all about mini skirts (remember how we used to wear jeans with leggings?), so it looks like they’re back with a bang.

River Island, Brown Studded Sunglasses

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These tinted shades capture the Y2K aesthetic perfectly (think Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie).

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