We may have been young when these trends were popular, but who can forget the iconic fashion of the Y2K era. There are definitely some crimes against fashion that should stay in their time (ex: Britney and Justin in full denim at the 2001 AMAs), however many trends are seeing a revival on runways and street corners in new ways. Here are some of the trends returning to the fashion world and how you can wear them, too.
1. Halter Tops
Back in the early ‘00s, everyone and their mother wore one of these effortlessly stylish tops. Halter necklines can elevate any look and be worn for any occasion. From casual to black tie, there is a halter look out there for everyone.
Originally made famous by none other than Marilyn Monroe herself, this trend was far from new, even during the Y2K era.
However, there are some ways to update this look to better suit the 2020s. Crossed X-style tops are the newest iteration of this glamorous trend, incorporating the best aspects of 2020 fashion trends with this oldie, but a goodie style.
Paired with high-waisted jeans or pants, this top could really steal the show on your next night out (once we’re finally out of quarantine). Also, halter tops with carefully chosen cutouts can be found at any store.
This halter-style bodysuit would look stunning tucked into a flowy skirt or a pair of boyfriend jeans.
So far, the 2020’s have been all about showing some more skin in creative and interesting ways, so both of these updates to the classic halter look are more than welcome in the new decade.
2. Tie-Dye Everything
Who can forget everyone’s obsession with DIY tie-dye creations? Now we’re seeing a resurgence of these colorful looks, from the runway to everyday streetwear. (If Beyonce says it’s back, then I guess we have to listen.)
You’re probably seeing a lot of this trend on your feed right now, even as we transition into fall fashion. This eye-catching pattern is so versatile and can work with almost any article of clothing, but here are some of my faves:
The tie-dye look can be worn as a matching top and bottom set for a very cute and comfy look that’s colorful, yet still perfect for cold weather. Tie-dye is also growing in popularity with mens clothing, too. In the new decade, we’re seeing this trend in more subtle ways. The updated version of this trend is much more muted and subdued, allowing the wearer to accessorize however they’d like.
Tie-dye is the most flexible trend on this list, with even tie-dyed face masks are being sold:
3. Lots of Lip Gloss
For most of the 2010s we lusted after matte lips. We would cake on liquid lipsticks, layer after crusty layer, until our lips were permanently chapped and crying for help. Our days of suffering are finally over… lip gloss is back, baby. This trend was popular during the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, but now, glossy lips are every influencer and celebrities’ newest accessory.
This look has only grown in popularity after Alexa Demie flaunted glossy lips in some of her most iconic makeup looks on the popular HBO show, Euphoria, last year.
One of my favorite glosses out there is by Fenty Beauty. Having personally tested this one out, I can say that it provides the perfect amount of shine, without being too over the top, which is perfect for a 2020-era glossy lip.
4. Low-Rise Jeans
Who could possibly forget about this one? (Honestly, sometimes I wish I could.) Low-rise jeans have surprisingly been making a comeback, with many celebrities and influencers giving the controversial trend a second chance. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been seeing this look all over Instagram and TikTok, so let’s see what it’s all about…
Okay, honestly, Bella Hadid makes them look cute, so I’m sold. The photo also shows that pairing low-rise jeans with a “whale tail” is also making a comeback. (Although, I’m not sure if I’m ready for this part yet, so let’s look at some low-waisted jeans, instead.)
This look can be paired with any tucked-in top for an effortless, comfy-chic look.
Or this look can even be paired with a crop top for a simple, yet bold look. No matter how you choose to embrace this trend, just remember to wear what makes you feel confident.
5. Statement Hoops
Thanks to early ‘00s style icons like JLo, this trend really took off. Hoops that seemed larger than life were in fashion, and reminiscent of the ‘70’s Cher aesthetic.
This classic accessory is coming back, and I’m here to show you how to wear it today.
Rule #1: Make sure the rest of your jewelry is subtle, allowing the earrings to stand out.
Rule # 2: Try choosing a hairstyle that allows the hoops to shine.
In 2020, the most popular form of this trend is chunky hoops. This pair from Etsy perfectly showcase how this look can be worn today:
The hoops are still bold, but in a different way. They can be paired with other piercings as well, giving the look an edgier effect.
Chunky hoop earrings are everyone’s new favorite accessory, so it’s time to start showing off this trend in your own way. These earrings come in a plethora of shapes and sizes, allowing everyone to hop on the trend.
The idea of Y2K fashion making a comeback was terrifying at first, but after reading this I really hope you give some of them a chance. There are so many new and innovative ways to bring back these looks for the 2020s. One of the best things about fashion is that old trends circle back around but are still reinvented to better represent modern styles. So next time you’re having doubts about pulling off one of these trends, just remember that fashion is a fun way to express yourself, so take these suggestions and make them your own. Incorporate your own style, mesh the old with the new, and I promise you won’t be disappointed with the results. Looks like it’s finally time to take a trip back to the 2000s… someone pass me my bedazzled Motorola Razr flip phone.