The 25 Best Fashion Trends of the Early 2000s
This post was originally published in 2015.
So close, yet so far away, the first decade of the 2000s were filled with a string of styles that were as iconic as the ‘80s and the ‘90s. Coming off the ‘90s, which at different points were both grungy and colorful, the rapid advancement of new technology brought a variety of sartorial influences for us to wear throughout the decade.Even today, we see artists co-sign clothing brands like Josué Thomas’ Gallery Dept. that have 2000s-era aesthetics, or brands like Palace leaning into all-over-print styles in their current collections.
But for every fire retro fit you had (which naturally matched yourcoveted sneakers), there were plenty of dudes hitting the streets in bootcut jeans, oxford shoes, and an Ed Hardy V-neck. But even the most tragic of fashion trends of the time left its impact on men’s closets—even if that impact is reminding guys on what not to add to their wardrobes. And despite hindsight being 20/20, we still have to recognize that most of these styles felt hard in the moment—as is the case with most trends—which is all that matters when you’re trying to get a fit off. From the all-over BAPE hoodies to the rise and fall of the Von Dutch trucker hat, these are The 25 Best Trends of the early 2000s.
2000s in fashion
Fashion in the decade 2000–2009
2000s fashion is often described as being a global mash up, where trends saw the fusion of previous vintage styles, global and ethnic clothing (e.g. boho), as well as the fashions of numerous music-based subcultures. Hip-hop fashion generally was the most popular among young people of all sexes, followed by the retro inspired indie look later in the decade.
Those usually age 25 and older adopted a dressy casual style which was popular throughout the decade. Globalization also influenced the decade's clothing trends, with the incorporation of Middle Eastern and Asian dress into mainstream European, American and Australasian fashion. Furthermore, eco-friendly and ethical clothing, such as recycled fashions and fake fur, were prominent in the decade.
In the early 2000s, many mid and late 1990s fashions remained fashionable around the globe, while simultaneously introducing newer trends. The later years of the decade saw a large-scale revival of clothing designs primarily from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.
The leading fashion designers between 2000 and 2009 included the late Alexander McQueen, Vera Wang, Christian Louboutin, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, and Karl Lagerfeld.
The rise of fast fashion
Main article: Fast fashion
The early to mid-2000s saw a rise in the consumption of fast fashion: affordable off-the-peg high street clothing based on the latest high fashion designs. With its low cost appeal driven by trends straight off the runway, fast fashion was a significant factor in the fashion industry's growth. As affordable clothing became even more important in the entrance to the new age, brands had to find a way to keep up with their consumer's new spending habits.
During the year 1999, department stores such as Macy's, J.C. Penney, Kohl's and more had sales totaling $230 billion. In the years that followed, that number began to fall. By the early 2000s the rise of online retail and in-store fast fashion caused department store sales to dwindle in sales in the wake of new styles being offered quicker than ever before by retailers. Retail giants of the new millennium included H&M, Forever 21, and Zara. Notably, the retailer Target found major success in collaborating with various fashion designers for affordable designer pieces available for the average consumer.
This trend in fast fashion allowed shoppers to own designer items at lower prices, also allowing the acceptance and production of copycat styles. Designers noticed their designs were being knocked-off, and decided to do something about it. In 2004, the retail giant H&M, a master in rolling out fast fashion, collaborated with fashion designer Karl Lagerfield to introduce a one-time collection which proved to be a huge success, as women flocked to H&M stores to own a piece of the designer's 30 selections available in the collection.
Stores such as Wet Seal and American Apparel are said to be "American precursors to the fast fashion empire". As well as the retail stores Hollister, Abercrombie & Fitch and possibly on a much smaller scale Limited Too, but in the end, stores like Forever 21 were better able to stay on top of the retail game.
The ethics of fast fashion has been the topic of numerous debates and questioning of business practices. Producing fashion at such fast rates involves less than secure worker conditions, and non-livable wages for the laborers. It also involves a lot of waste. Americans throw out 14 million tons of clothing a year, with the help of fast fashion. Retailers like Forever 21 and H&M have come under fire, not only for their wasteful fast fashion practices that have grown steadily since the beginning of 2000, but for the involvement of cheap labor. The appeal of fast fashion lies in the copying of higher end brands; however, after something is no longer trendy it is on to the next, leaving clothes to go to waste, and workers to continue to live on unlivable wages.
Socio-economics and the logo purse
The 2000s saw social classes broken down and restructured so specifically that they became meaningless, and anyone could transcend the typical stereotypes of class with what they owned. In high fashion, there was less of a top-down approach to fashion, and designers were becoming increasingly inspired by pop culture and street style. These two factors combined led to the popularity of the designer logo that was seen boldly printed on all types of clothing, but specifically purses. A logo purse was a unifier, worn by celebrities, models, and the middle-class shopper. Many of these brands had outlet stores, so the logo purse was available to even more people. Having the same branded purse as many others was a form of escapism, it was a unifying factor that let people forget how much money they made, and instead focus on being like the rest.
The rise of fast fashion helped people afford a designer bag, since they could save money on the rest of their wardrobe. As the decade went on, it became increasingly popular to mix designer and fast fashion clothing.
Early 2000s (2000–03)
- When the 2000s kicked off, the fashion was profoundly influenced by technology. Around the year 2000, there was a monochromatic futuristic approach to fashion, with metallics, shiny blacks, heavy use of gray, straps, and buckles becoming commonplace. This was called "Y2K fashion". The apparel was made to be as dark, reflective, technological, and as sexy as possible. When the original iPod was introduced in 2001, the white earbuds, as well as the gadget itself, became something of an accessory for early adopters.
- Particular pieces of Y2K clothing included mesh tops, wraparound sunglasses, wireframe rectangle glasses, box-pleated skirts, handkerchief tops (often in a metallic pattern such as silver or gold for a disco feel), satin skirts, leather skirts, concert t-shirts with rhinestones, sparkling shoes, halter tops, sequinned pants (popularized by Peter Morrissey), and embroidered and sequinned tops (inspired by Easton Pearson), along with the famous pearl printed black cocktail dress by Karen Walker, which was successful worldwide.
- In the year 2000, some of the casual women's and girl's fashion trends were oversized sunglasses, mini shoulder handbags/purses, aviator sunglasses, oversized hoop earrings, jeans worn for numerous occasions (such as mid-rise, boot-cut, fabric accents down the sides, fabric accents sewn into the flares, lace-up sides and tie-dye), wedge flip flops,hot pants, denim jackets, chunky sweaters, pashminascarves,Skechers,belly shirts, and tube tops.
- In Africa, Europe, North America, East Asia, South America, and Oceania, the early 2000s saw the continuation of many mid and late 1990s fashions due to the continued influence of teen pop stars such as Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, such as the military look, while introducing newer more vaguely dystopian post modern trends. From 2001 onwards, women wore long-sleeved shirts with bell sleeves, cowl-neck tops, crop tops, Burberry, hoodies, flare jeans, hip-huggers,low rise pants, white jeans,whale tails,cargo pants (especially ones made out of silk, satin, and velvet) hip-hop inspired sweatpants, daisy dukes, thong underwear, and solid bright-colored tights.
- 9/11 and the mortgage crisis of 2001 impacted fashion by bringing in a new wave of conservatism. This created a rise in denim, the American fabric of the working person. Jeans became acceptable in every situation, from the supermarket to the red carpet. It was a slow shift to conservatism, seen in how jeans started low-rise in reflection of the sexy Y2K style and moved through various waistlines and leg widths. As mentioned with the social classes, logos became a form of stability and comfort in fashion. There was a sense of unity in the country because all kinds of people were buying the same brands and sporting the same logos.
- Perhaps in reaction to the streamlined, futuristic, outer space-themed Y2K styles of the year 2000, distressed denim became popular in America from 2001 to 2008. Pants became lower waisted and significantly more flared than they were previously, and often featured elaborate embroidery rather than the utilitarian, no-frills style of before. In the UK, it was popular for women to wear skirts over trousers, floral print shift dresses, and colors like black, purple and pink. Big, chunky shoes and sandals were popular, with thick wedge heels and imitation leather straps decorated with floral embroidery, while previously successful sneaker brands like Skechers declined in popularity.
First-wave 1980s revival
- Although the 1980s fashion revival was not in full swing until 2001, the first movement had started in the late 1990s and continued into the early 2000s. This first wave primarily focused on the early 1980s. Such trends that emerged during this period included denim miniskirts, ripped "distressed" jeans, denim jackets, tracksuits,trenchcoats (often in pleather), puffy jackets (revived by Hip-Hop artists), and preppypolo shirts with popped collars. These remained popular until about 2008 when the revival of late 1980s fashions occurred.
- Overall, European and American women and girls wore low-top sneakers, such as Skechers, Heelys, Adidas shoes, Reebok shoes, and Nike, as well as knee-high boots with spiked heels and pointed toes (or conversely, thick low heels and round or square toes). Popular accessories of the early 2000s include white belts, aviator sunglasses, trucker hats, hoop earrings, block heeled mary janes, leg warmers (worn with mini skirts),ugg boots,flip-flops, jelly shoes, lace-up sandals,newsboy caps, ponchos, and jelly bracelets.
Sex and the City
The American television series Sex and the City impacted how women cared about fashion and how they shopped. The show depicted women as empowered consumers, each with their own independent styles that shopped based on what they wanted, not what they were told to wear. The main characters became fashion icons, inspiring window displays, fashion lines, magazines, and women globally. Carrie Bradshaw, the main character, is credited for making Manolo Blahnik a household name from her obsession with the Spanish designer's high-heeled shoes. Trends inspired by the show include stilettos, designer handbags (with two episodes centered around the latest "It bag"), large fabric flowers, and berets.
Mid 2000s (2004–06)
It items and 1960s revival
Main article: Boho-chic
Many fashion trends were carried over from the '90s and early 2000s into the mid 2000s, and were quite similar. However, many new fashion trends and brands impacted the fashion industry in the mid 2000s.
- It items were very popular in the 2000s, particularly the early and middle years. Examples of some highly sought-after It items of the mid 2000s included Kate Spade wallets, Prada sneakers, Christian Dior saddle bags, designer-brand jeans such as True Religion low-rise boot-cut jeans and 7 for all Mankind skinny jeans, Juicy Couture velour tracksuits, Balenciaga cargo pants, Von Dutchtrucker hats, and Takashi Murakami's collaboration with Louis Vuitton for their iconic It bag.
- Popular mid 2000s trends for women were embroidered low-rise jeans, yoga pants, thong underwear, cowl-neck tops, tube tops, denim jackets, bell-sleeved shirts, jean shorts, crop tops, whale tails, tracksuits,cargo pants, capri pants, trenchcoats, puffy jackets, longer tank tops worn with a main blouse or shirt, infantile dresses, 1940s inspired New Look dresses and sandals, leggings, 1960s style peacoats, tunics worn with wide or thin belts, and "vintage clothing" including hippie and Boho inspired dresses with paisley patterns. Crocs were a brief fad for all sexes in the summer of 2006, despite their kitsch connotations, and in 2006 the minidress made a comeback with the hemlines being unusually short.
- Introduced in 2005, skinny jeans became popular in 2006. High heeled shoes were replaced with ballet flats, Sperry Top-Siders, Converse Chucks, and the Keds popularized by Mischa Barton.
- Popular accessories included trucker hats,aviator sunglasses, small red glass or pearl drop earrings rather than the large hoop earrings of the early 2000s, jelly bracelets, knee-high boots with pointed toes, uggs, Heelys, platform boots, ballet flats,mary janes, studded belts, shutter shades, crucifixes and rosaries, large silver belt buckles with rhinestones, black nail polish,fairtrade African bangles, Native American beaded jewellery, Indian and Middle Eastern slave bracelets, purity rings, small leather handbags, small scarves, and simple jewellery made from recycled eco friendly materials like hemp, wood, sea shells, glass, seeds, and white metal.
- From 2005 until the end of the decade, more elaborate military inspired clothing became a unisex trend in Britain. Due to the popularity of the Pirates of the Caribbean films, and a resurgence of interest in 1980s fashion, teen and college age women frequently wore cavalier boots,Greek fisherman's caps, jewelry with anchor motifs, leather look drainpipe trousers, frilly satin poet shirts, sashes, harem pants, braided hussar jackets, and dress uniforms with epaulets inspired by female pop stars, British indie/garage rock band The Libertines and MCR's The Black Parade.
Late 2000s (2007–09)
Carry over styles
- Many early and mid 2000s fashions remained fashionable in 2007; This included items such as denim miniskirts, whale tail, hip-huggers, boot-cut jeans, tank-tops, ripped jeans, hoodies, cargo pants, white belts, cropped jackets, capris, infantile dresses, boho-chic, and Crocs.
Second wave 1980s revival
- In early 2009, there was a large scale 1980s revival in Europe and the US, which incorporated general items of late 1980s and early 1990s streetwear, such as neon colors, gladiator sandals, boat shoes especially Sperrys, animal print or polka dot headbands, knitted sweater dresses, Nike Tempo shorts, jean skirts with tights, wonderbra and sloggi underwear, sundresses, geometric pattern tops, slap bracelets, ballet flats, black spandex leggings, pale denim jeggings, oversized shirts, sweaters, and sweatshirts worn with leggings, light, translucent tartan shirts worn with a camisole underneath, kinky boots, riding boots, ripped acid wash skinny jeans, and neon leg warmers worn with bare legs and a dress or skirt. In America, the crop tops that exposed the navel were replaced with longer camisole tops, boat neck blouses and mid rise pants, and miniskirts were replaced with longer dresses like the babydoll, bubble skirt, skater dress, and sweater dress popularly worn with ankle or capril length leggings or tights and ballet flats or sometimes Keds, low cut Converse Chucks or Uggs. Long, baggy empire line shirts were taken in at the bustline and often paired with a belt. Fur coats made a comeback, although many women used "fish fur" due to real fur's association with animal cruelty.
- The canary yellow dress Reese Witherspoon wore to the Golden Globes helped establish that hue as a signature color in 2007.
Eastern and fairtrade fashion
- Summer 2007 saw a resurgence of interest in ethnic fashion from India and the Middle East, including harem pants, embroidered kurti, silk sashes, sarongs, gypsy tops, and the saree as young British and American women discovered Bollywood cinema and belly dancing, popularized by Shakira.
- In Britain and the US, some younger women and teen girls, especially those affiliated with the scene subculture and geek chic, became influenced by Japanese street fashion due to the media coverage of Japanese popular culture and J-pop music from 2005 to 2009. Although a small minority wore anime or manga inspired sailor dresses, kawaii or full Gothic Lolita outfits, most incorporated a single garment such as striped neon knee socks, petticoats, rainbow dresses, knitted leg warmers, hair bows, silk floral kimonopajamas, unisex brands like A Bathing Ape, and cupcake, cherry or Hello Kitty jewellery for an ageless, child or doll-like appearance.
Early 2000s (2000–03)
- At the very beginning of the decade, the excitement of entering the new millennium had become evident in fashion in the first couple of years, although this was only prominent in nightclub and "going out" attire. Clothing was mostly made in black, though silver was also fashionable. An example of this would be a tracksuit, Rockport boots, a dress shirt, a pair of pants, a camp shirt, or a jacket in a fancy metallic pattern for going out; while also including of items such as leather coats and pants, puffy vests and jackets, ribbed sweaters and shirts, and chunky dress shoes, usually in futuristic colors such as black, silver, light gray, and white. It lasted from late 1999 until late 2001.
- After the events of 9/11, fashion became more conservative, forgoing the futuristic styles of before. Distressed denim made a comeback, with sandblasted highlights, frosted jeans, ripped jeans, and whiskering becoming commonplace. A lower rise jean had emerged during this part of the decade, effectively getting rid of the high-waisted styles of the 1990s.
- Generally, many fashion trends from 1995 onwards continued to be worn in the early years of the decade. Newer fashion trends in the early 2000s included wearing sportswear and military wear as everyday clothes. This included tracksuits, light-colored polo shirts (sometimes striped and with collars popped), cargo pants (even ones made out of linen during warmer months), khaki chinos, bootcut jeans, corduroy pants, and rugby shirts. Practical hiking jackets (of the type made by Berghaus), fleeces, puffer jackets, and padded tartanlumberjack-type shirts were worn as winter outerwear along with brown, grey, burgundy, rust, maroon, or forest greenturtleneck sweaters, and odd navy blue, stone grey, beige, or natural linen sportcoats that fastened with three buttons. These fashions continued into the mid and late 2000s.
- Men's Accessories of the early 2000s included white belts, Aviator sunglasses, trucker hats,flip-flops, oxford shoes, argyle socks (usually worn over tracksuit bottoms), Rockport boots, sneakers from brands such as Nike, Adidas, and Puma, baseball caps (bearing the logos of football, soccer, basketball, and baseball teams), and jelly bracelets.
- From 2001 onwards, Astrakhan caps, kufis and the pakol were fashionable among Muslim men in Afghanistan, Pakistan, France and Italy. In India, traditional rustic male attire such as the dhoti and Lungi declined in popularity among the younger generation in favor of Westernised fashions such as Levi Strauss or Arvind Mills jeans,cargo pants, shorts, tracksuits, and sneakers.
Mid 2000s (2004–06)
- In the mid 2000s, retro fashions inspired by British indie pop, garage rock revivalist groups, and the 1960s mod culture gained mainstream popularity. From 2004 to 2006, common items of clothing in the US and Europe included bootcut jeans with a light wash, wide-leg pants, cargo pants, cargo shorts, camp shirts with elaborate designs,vintageClassic rockT-shirts, throwback uniforms, T-shirts bearing retro pre-1980 advertisements or street art,army surplusdress uniforms, paisley shirts,Mod-style velvet sportcoats, parkas, windbreakersHarris tweed jackets, and fitted 1970s-style Western shirts with pearl snaps (popularised by blues-rock band the White Stripes).
Retro movie inspirations
- In 2004, men's fashion was inspired by movies from the 1960s and 1980s. Of particular inspiration were the movies Top Gun, Bullitt, and Midnight Cowboy. The clothes which were derived from these movies included Henley shirts, muscle shirts, hoodies, cargo pants, American football shirts, aviator jackets, cable-knit sweaters, khakis, seersucker suits, western shirts, blazers, and peacoats.
- Popular men's accessories of the mid 2000s included black brogue shoes, square-toed Steve Madden ankle boots, Adidas sneakers,loafers, casual shoes, Oxford dress shoes,Converse All Stars, winklepickers (taken to extremes by individuals within the Mexican cholo and lowrider subcultures), flip-flops, chokers, puka shell necklaces, shell bracelets, hemp jewelry, charity bracelets, trucker hats, and earrings.
- In the UK workplace, black, navy or charcoal pinstripe three-buttoned office suits remained common, but Nehru suits or mandarin collar shirts inspired by the Beatles, James Bond, and science fiction movies like the Matrix, were a popular alternative from 2003 to 2006. In the US, men favored the smart casual look, with striped purple dress shirts, flat front charcoal chinos, beige cardigans,Argyllpullovers, black or brown leather blazers, and houndstoothsportcoats.
Late 2000s (2007–09)
- In the late 2000s, 1950s and 1980s fashions became popular: Letterman jackets, black leather jackets like the Perfecto, windbreakers,dashiki or Hawaiian shirts,ski jackets, slim and straight leg jeans, wool topcoats,Ed Hardy T-shirts with low necklines, neon colors inspired by the rave scene, roll sleeve tartanflannel shirts worn with white T-shirts, cardigans and knitted V-neck sweaters.
- In the late 2000s, common accessories worn by men included retro Patek Philippe, Casio G-Shock and Rolexwristwatches, Ray Ban Wayfarers and Aviator sunglasses, and geek chic inspired horn rimmed glasses. Desirable footwear in Europe and America included Sperry Top-Siders, Keds, motorcycle boots, NikeAir Jordans,checkerboard pattern Vans, and Converse All-Stars.
- Due to the mainstream acceptance of body modification, T-shirts, baseball caps and hoodies featuring vintage tattoo designs were desirable items in the US, Britain and India, where they were worn with black leather jackets, oversized belt buckles, gold chains, and dark slim-fit jeans by celebrity trendsetters such as Jon Gosselin or the cast of Jersey Shore.V-neck T-shirts and graphic printed hoodies became popular among younger British men, in contrast to the designer brands with prominent logos previously worn by the chav subculture. Ed Hardy T-shirts, often embellished with rhinestones, were fashionable from late 2008 until the mid-2010s, when they fell out of favour due to their unintended popularity among young clubgoers stereotyped for being thugs, jocks or guidos.
- In the European workplace, the cut of suits changed, as the three buttoned jackets popular in the 1990s were replaced with 1950s inspired suits comprising a two-buttoned blazer and matching trousers while in the US the power suit made a comeback. Single-breasted European suits sometimes featured contrasting Edwardian style piping on the lapels and were often worn with slim ties and waistcoats.
Youth fashion was strongly influenced by many music-based subcultures such as emo, indie kids, scene kids,psychobilly, preppy, skater, goth, nu metal (known as moshers in the UK),ravers and hip hop, including the British chav, US gangsta rapper and Mexican Cholo styles of the early 2000s.
- Hip hop
Main article: Hip hop fashion
- The clothing of American hip hop fans underwent an evolution from the saggingbaggy gangster jeans of the late 1990s to a more retro look by the end of the decade. Popular items of clothing included wide leg jeans, baseball jackets, Nike Air Jordans, tracksuits, sweatpants, bucket hats, stunna shades, fur-lined puffer jackets, and flat-brim trucker hats or baseball caps (often retaining the store label).
- During the early 2000s, many wealthy white jocks and preppies imitated the gangsta lifestyle, eschewing the semi-formal conservative look of the 1980s and 90s in favor of gold bling, expensive designer clothes, sneakers, dark jeans, and sweatpants. Rich girls who dressed this way were known as Queen Bees, plastics, or airheads, and believed their designer clothing was key to being popular.
- Another common American subculture were the cholos and chicanos who wore baggy khakislacks, gold chains, white T-shirts, and slicked back hair or shaved heads in imitation of Mexican prison gangs.
- Chavs and moshers
Main article: Chav
- In the early 2000s, the most common British subcultures were the chavs and skate punks who had a (sometimes violent) rivalry. Chavs favored hip hop fashions like tracksuits, burberrybaseball caps, white Nike or Adidas trainers, and cheap sportswear made by Reebok or Puma. Common haircuts included spiky hair, a fauxhawk, a heavily gelled quiff, or (for girls) a Croydon facelift.
- The skaters (nicknamed grebos or moshers) had long hair or dreadlocks and wore grunge inspired padded flannel overshirts and baggy pants as these were less likely to rip when skateboarding. Popular clothing included No Fear T-shirts, webbing belts, army surpluspatrol caps, band T-shirts, dog tags, shark tooth necklaces, camouflagecargo pants, carpenter jeans,tuques, and fingerless gloves in dark colors like black, olive drab, burgundy, and navy blue. From 2001 to 2007, brands favoured by British skaters and their American counterparts included Quiksilver, Inc., Bape hoodies, Volcom, Element Skateboards, Billabong International Limited, Zoo York Skateboard Company, O'Neill, Bullhead jeans, Vanssneakers, Pacific Sunwear and Journeys.
- Nu metal, rave, and goth
Main article: Goth subculture
- In America, common subcultures of the early 2000s included the nu metal fans and goths who wore black leather duster coats and tripp pants.
- In the rave subculture, fashion trends that had developed in the 1990s persisted. Some ravers favored spiky hair and phat pants, while members of the cybergoth and rivethead subcultures opted for shaved heads, synthetic neondreadlocks, camouflage, tight leather pants, chains, platform boots, stretched body piercings, sleeve tattoos, goggles, corsets, PVC or leather skirts, and black trenchcoats decorated with metal studs.
- Psychobilly and rockabilly
Main article: Raggare
- From the early-mid-2000s, black leather jackets, cowboy boots and Levi's jeans were popular in Scandinavia, Russia and Germany among the hot rod, psychobilly and rockabilly subcultures. Common hairstyles included the quiff, pompadour, and psychobillymohican.
- Later in the decade, it was popular for women to dress like 1950spin-up girls in polkadot dresses, pencil skirts, sheath dresses, capri pants, platform heels, 1940s style sandals, retro lingerie like garter belts, stockings, babydolls, petticoats, slips, and corsets, and (real or fake) old school tattoos. This trend, popularised by models like Dita Von Teese, gave rise to the popularity among all sexes of Ed Hardy clothing which lasted from 2007 until 2012.
- Indie and emo
Main articles: Hipster (contemporary subculture) and emo
- In 2005, indie pop fashions went mainstream in Europe and North America, prompting a revival of 1960s mod and British Invasion fashions, vintage or thrift store clothing, and the popularization of activist fashions like the keffiyeh. Other subcultures, including American preppies and even rappers like Kanye West, imitated indie fashions or combined them with elements of Japanese street style, like the Harajuku and Lolita fashion popularized by Gwen Stefani.
- The other notable youth group of the mid-late 2000s were the emo kids, identifiable by their black or purple hoodies, T-shirts featuring rock bands like Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, or Taking Back Sunday. Lowriseskinny jeans, snakebites, silver jewellery, and checkerboard pattern Vans. Hair was thin, flat and straight, with long, matte bangs (US) or fringe (UK), usually dyed black.
- Scene kids
Main article: Scene (subculture)
- By early 2009 the most conspicuous subculture was the "scene kids.".  The style, originally comprising tripp pants, stripes, tartan, spiky hair, Chucks, Vans, and trucker hats derived from grunge and skate punk fashion, evolved to incorporate androgynous, matted, flat and straight hair sometimes dyed bright colors, tight jeans, cartoon print hoodies, shutter shades, promise rings, checked shirts, and many bright colors. The name was originally derived from "scene queen", a derogatory term within the 1970s glam rock scene for a heterosexual musician who pretended to be gay and later applied to poseurs within the UK goth, heavy metal and punk subcultures. Later, "scene queen" itself was adopted by leading female members of the modern subculture who were unaware of its original meaning, like supermodel Audrey Kitching.
Main article: Preppy
- Items seen in the late 2000s for preppy youth, teens, and college age included footwear Sperrys, Keds, ballet flats, Converse Chucks, Uggs, riding boots, especially worn with knee socks or legwarmers slouch at the top of the boots, Hunter rain boots, and other white casual sneakers. Items worn included skirts and dresses such as pleated skirts, skater skirts, skater dresses, babydoll dresses, bubble skirts, jeans skirts, 2fer leggings and skirt combo, sweater dresses, skimp dresses and belted shirt dresses with ankle or capri leggings, footless or footed opaque tights.  Also oversized shirts, sweaters and sweatshirts worn with leggings, polo shirts, layered short sleeve polo or t-shirts with a long sleeved shirt under, argyle print clothing including sweaters, knee socks, headbands, etc., cardigans, skinny jeans and colored jeans, translucent tartan shirts worn with a camisole underneath, cropped sweaters, jeggings, neon and pastel colored socks, Nike tempo shorts, dressy shorts, headbands and headwraps.
2000s beauty trends
In the early 2000s, women's hair was often long and straight. The early 2000s featured "zig-zag partings", in which the hairline is parted in a zig-zag fashion. Hair lengths varied from below the earlobes at the shortest to just below the shoulders at the longest. From 1995 until 2008 highlights and lowlights made of blonde, red, and light brown went mainstream. In 2000, highlights were soft and subtle for a sun-kissed look. In 2002 bold and unblended highlights called "chunky highlights" burst onto the scene. This trend was kickstarted by Kelly Clarkson during her time on American Idol, lasting until 2006. The early 2000s also continued the Farrah Fawcett hairstyle revival of the late 1990s. Crimped hair was popular in the early and mid 2000s.
For black women, cornrows, dreadlocks and curly weaves were popular until the late 2000s, when toned-down versions of the Afro, Jheri curl and short pixie cuts were popularized by artists like Janet Jackson and Rihanna. Another popular hairstyle throughout the decade was the braid, rejuvenated by the likes of Alicia Keys and Lauren Conrad. Throughout the early and middle years braids and plaits would often be meticulously put in intricate patterns and would purposely be styled as a way to blend in better with women's clothing styles.
In the mid 2000s, many women favored the bob haircut, as well as its longer version, the long bob or "the lob". By the late 00's, it became unfashionable to center-part one's hair, and the side-swept Bangs of the 1980s made a comeback.
In the late 2000s, dark haired women (and even light-haired ones) favored the jet black hair, as worn by Katy Perry or Amy Winehouse with her trademark beehive hairstyle. Textured hair with volume, natural wavy hair, and the bob cut became popular from 2007 onwards in both Britain and the USA. In 2009, many women sought to imitate the hairstyle Kate Gosselin had that year, briefly bringing back blended highlights into the mainstream. This look ended up only being a fad. Other popular late 2000s trends included Headbands, headwraps and Scrunchies, side ponytails, and braiding on one side of the head.
For European men aged 25–40, shorter hair styles that usually took the form of a quiff were fashionable in the early 2000s, as well as spiked hair and fauxhawks for men aged 18–30. Dark-haired young British men often had dyed-blonde weaves and streaks until the late 2000s when a natural hair color became the norm again. A common haircut among American men and boys was the frostedspiky hair popularized by boybands and pop punk bands from 1997 through 2004. Meanwhile, the crew cut and buzzcut remained popular among American and Middle Eastern men from the mid 1990s until the 2010s.
Long, shaggy Mod or surfer hair became popular among many young men between 2003 and 2006 in the UK as many bands moved away from punk rock and rap metal in favor of a 1960s inspired indie or garage rock sound pioneered by groups like The Strokes, Jet, The Killers, The Hives, The Vines, Coldplay, and The White Stripes. These hairstyles gradually replaced the shaggy, grown out curtained hair popular since the late 1990s among American celebrities like Tom Cruise, Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World, Alex Band, Jason Wade, Mehmet Okur and Hanno Möttölä.
By the late 2000s, many young British men opted for a clean-cut 1950s inspired hairstyle, kept in place with pomade. Shaved and bald hairstyles along with beards, moustaches, stubble, sideburns, and the goatee became popular in Europe and North America in reaction to the effeminate early and mid 2000s metrosexual look, with charitable events like Movember further increasing their acceptability.
Children and teenagers
For boys, short haircuts such as the quiff, the buzzcut, curtains, crew cut, and Caesar cut were popular in the early 2000s. Girls favored straight hair extensions and chunky highlights. It also became fashionable to sport curly hair with a "zig-zag" side parting and blended highlights around 2002/03. Back in the late 90s and early 2000s, butterfly hair clips and crimped hair became extremely popular for preteens and teenage girls.
In the mid 2000s, longer hair on teenage boys became popular in the UK and America, including the wings haircut, influenced by the 1960s Mod subculture, and British indie pop stars. Hairstyles among teenage girls experienced little change, being largely the same as they were in the early 2000s. Curly hair became less popular in Britain, while straight hair grew more dominant. Highlights remained popular, as well as extensions. Hair was often tied into a ponytail and incorporated long bangs or a fringe.
In 2009, the androgynous Harajuku inspired scene hairstyles (often dyed bright colors) and eyeliner were popular among girls and boys alike: first in Japan, and later in the US and Europe. As an alternative to the scene hairstyles, many teenage girls in the US and Australasia opted for a preppy hairstyle that involved long, straight hair, side-swept and regular bangs and a side part, while boys wore basic skater hair. Many girls wore headbands, headwraps and 80s inspired scrunchies with either a side ponytail or french braid falling over one shoulder.
In between 2006 and 2008, Middle Eastern teenage boys in Australia, namely those of Lebanese descent, acquired the high and tight haircut. Some tend to had the cut with a mullet.
Makeup and cosmetic trends
The year 2000, was based on the glittery Y2K inspired makeup of the late 1990s. With the turn of the millennium, the idea was for women to capture a futuristic, space-age style, with makeup including bronze specks for a metallic shine with ecstatic colors. An alternative for those who did not like metallics was a purple and brown color scheme.Lip gloss was more popular than lipstick among both women and girls. By the spring/summer season of 2001, this look took a backseat in favor of a more low-maintenance, natural style that showed off ones features. However, the glittery looks continued to be popular. In 2002, mineral makeup broke into the mainstream with Bare Minerals, a product of Bare Escentuals. This fueled the trend for natural looking makeup, and became the standard of the 2000s. By 2004, the glittery looks had disappeared.
By around 2005/06, retro-styled makeup from the 1940s had made a comeback, such as bright red lips and cat eyes. In the mid and late 2000s, lip gloss remained popular, and the "Smoky Eye" emerged, with more emphasis on eyeliner, mascara, and eyeshadow. Another emerging trend was a more natural "less is more" approach to makeup around the same time. Also around the second half of the decade, there was an increasing amount of emphasis on the perfection of complexions, with illuminators and shimmer products becoming must-have items. In the late 2000s, there was a craze for fake eyelashes, started by Lady Gaga. This resulted in lash tinting, lash extensions, and fake lashes. Makeup styles generally became simpler and more individualistic with the rise of How-to YouTube videos.
Body care and grooming
The year 2000 featured natural-colored skin as the most desirable, and did not feature many body care trends other than the rise of hair removal, teeth whitening, and anti-aging creams. In the summer of 2001, the sunless tanning trend broke into the mainstream for all genders, prompted by Jennifer Lopez and Christina Aguilera. This included both self-tanners and spray tans. Cosmetic contacts also became more widespread among all genders this year. In 2002, botox was approved for public use and became hugely popular with women and men. By 2009, fake tanning had gone out of style in favor a pale complexion, inspired by the Twilight film.
The 2000s, continued the unisex trend of bikini waxing which had started in the 1990s. Although waxing in general had been popular among women for several years, it was in the 1990s that complete male body hair removal went mainstream. Being considered suggestive and indecent in the 90s, male waxing became ubiquitous as a result of the metrosexual trend in the early and mid 2000s. Also during this time, it was popular to have a completely clean-shaven face, as if to make one look underage. Male hair removal declined in the late 2000s.
Tattoos and piercings
The 2000s continued the trend of tattoos and piercings among all genders which had begun during the 1990s. Commonplace tattoos in Europe, Australasia, Hong Kong, and North America included tramp stamps and tribal arm tattoos from the early to mid 2000s, and Hindu Sanskrit or Chinese Kanji words from 2007 to 2010.Old school tattoos depicting hearts, skulls, flowers or female figures were considered unfashionable and unsophisticated for much of the decade, especially among women. However, these made a comeback in 2008 at the same time Ed Hardy accessories and the pin-up girl look were becoming popular.
In the early 2000s, navel piercings reached their peak, as did tongue rings. Other popular piercings throughout the decade include labret piercings, nostril piercings, nipple piercings, and eyebrow piercings. Piercings and tattoos reached the height of their popularity during the mid 2000s but remained a common sight among young people well into the 2010s.
A selection of images related to the period.
Chunky sneakers of the early 2000s.
Swedish actors in 2002 sporting various early 2000s fashions and hairstyles.
Leeann Tweeden, 2003, wearing an off-the-shoulder top and cargo pants. She also sports highlights on her hair.
Young woman in 2003 wearing a horizontal striped shirt and boot-cut jeans.
Irish youth fashion, early 2000s.
The flared jeans of the late 1990s remained fashionable throughout the early and mid 2000s.
Florida girls dancing on a bar wearing platform boots and animal print outfits.
Female tourists in 2005 sporting colorful mid 2000s athletic fashions.
Bob cut popular among European women from 2003 to 2009.
Bright coloured sleeveless dresses, USA, 2009
Adam Curry, 2005, sporting the shag, popular from 2001 to 2007.
Japanese girls wearing Lolita dresses, mid-2000s.
Slim-fit tweed jackets have gained in popularity since early 2006.
Haute couture dress from spring 2006.
Girl with curly brown hair sporting an off-the-shoulder top, a carry over from the early 2000s.
Paisley handbag associated with the boho-chic look.
German Mosher, the more punk-like incarnation of scene, early-mid 2000s.
Modern leggings came into fashion in the late 2000s.
Vintage printed tees worn across Indie, Scene and Nu-Rave fans.
Slim-fitting plaid Western shirt gained popularity in the UK from 2008 onwards.
In late 2008, especially in Italy, the denim waistcoat was a popular feminine fashion accessory.
Tattoos and extreme body piercings went mainstream in the late 2000s.
Ecuadorian emo kids from the late 2000s.
Example of the two button slim-fit suit popular from the late 2000s onwards in the UK, US and China.
American Scene kids, 2008.
Rapper 50 Cent wearing a durag with a snapback in 2006
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Quick Guide to 2000s Fashion
AUGUST 16, 2021
Gossip Girl (The CW)
We may be almost two decades removed from the dawn of the new millennium, but it can be weird to think of anything set in the 2000s as a period piece. From movies set entirely in the decade, like 2018’s Lady Bird, or shows that constantly feature flashbacks, like This is Us, many productions are exploring the recent past. So if you don’t know a lot about the aughts or have just forgotten, here’s what you need to know about 2000s fashion to put together the perfect look.
What ’00s look are you going for?
The O.C. (Fox)
Many clothing trends in the 2000s were born out of globalization, the rise of fast fashion (affordable clothes based off runway designs usually found in department stores like Mervyn’s, J.C. Penney, and Macy’s), and celebrities’ growing influence as style icons.
As with all decades, looks and trends varied as the ’00s went on, so if you’re tasked with putting an outfit together, don’t assume your tracksuit straight from 2001 will work for every occasion. The 2000s were also home to trends that hit big and burnt out fast. If you’re going for a particular look, be sure that style is from the right time period before heading to set.
Early 2000s fashion
The Fast and The Furious (Universal) | Freaky Friday (Disney) | Legally Blonde (MGM)
Technology and Y2K had a huge impact on fashion in the early 2000s. The color palette was filled with shiny black tones and reflective metallics. While some Y2K trends were worn daily, many of these looks were reserved for going out. Popular outfits for women included mesh or handkerchief tops, box-pleated or leather skirts, shiny pants, and sparkly shoes. For men, Y2K looks usually involved leather jackets, a statement dress shirt, and chunky shoes. If you need inspiration, Britney Spears and *NSYNC were trendsetters for this type of style.
Casual clothing and leisurewear were the other big trends of the early 2000s. Denim became a staple for men and women, going beyond jeans to shirts, jackets, and hats. If you’re putting together a casual style for women, think crop tops, hoodies, low-rise flared jeans, cargo pants, daisy dukes, jean skirts, off the shoulder tops, ribbed sweaters, with platform sandals, Ugg boots, or sneakers. Common looks for men included, distressed denim, cargo pants, tracksuits, rugby or polo shirts, flip flops, oxford shoes, and sneakers.
Mid 2000s fashion
That’s So Raven (Disney) | The O.C. (FOX) | Charmed (WB)
As the decade went on, 2000s fashion began to take cues from 1960s bohemian looks. Yoga pants, low-rise jeans, cowl-neck shirts, peasant tops, capri pants, cropped jackets, and dresses over jeans were popular outfit choices for women. These were often paired with accessories like chunky belts, aviator sunglasses, jelly bracelets, ties worn around the neck or as belts, ballet flats, and platform boots.
The 1960s revival looks were also popular with men. Outfit options included light wash bootcut jeans, cargo shorts, classic rock t-shirts, fitted cowboy shirts, henleys, polos with popped collars, and seersucker suits.
The middle of the decade was also defined by the latest "it" items, like Von Dutch trucker hats, Juicy Couture tracksuits, and Louis Vuitton bags.
Late 2000s fashion
Hannah Montana (Disney) | Ugly Betty (ABC) | Gossip Girl (The CW)
Many styles from the early and mid-2000s carried over to the latter part of the decade, with a few exceptions. For women, crop tops were replaced with camisoles and miniskirts gave way to babydoll, bubble skirt, and sweater dresses. There was also a 1980s and 1990s revival that reintroduced neon colors, animal prints, geometric shapes, light denim jeggings, and ripped acid washed jeans that were worn with gladiator sandals, ballet flats, and headbands. An oversized look started to gain popularity, but it was subtler than the traditional ’80s fit.
Men’s late 2000s fashion was a mix of 1950s and 1980s throwbacks, with letterman and black leather jackets, overcoats, slim cut jeans, Ed Hardy t-shirts, flannel shirts, and V-neck sweaters. These were often paired with dad hats, wayfarers or aviators, motorcycle boots, Converse, Vans, or sneakers. The men’s power suit was also updated from the ’80s to have more a slim tailored cut.
Types of ’00s looks
Jay-Z (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)
Many rappers influenced fashion with their own clothing lines in the 2000s, including Jay-Z, Diddy, Nelly, and 50 Cent. Many looks included baggy jeans, tall t-shirts, sports jerseys, velour suits, bubble jackets, and puffer vests paired with headbands, sweatbands, Timberland boots, and sneakers like Adidas Superstars or Nike Air Force 1s.
Malibu’s Most Wanted (WB)
Streetwear is often brand focused casual clothing, like jeans, tees, and sneakers. In the late 2000s, popular streetwear styles included distressed skinny jeans, loose fitting tops, loose or fitted tracksuits, track pants, hoodies, graphic t-shirts, vintage thrift shop tees, and Tommy Hilfiger and U.S. Polo Assn. brands. Sneakers were an important part of the look, especially retro Nike Air Jordan’s and Adidas Yeezys. Shoulder bags were also a popular accessory for men.
Mean Girls (Paramount Pictures)
Emo fashion trickled into the mainstream in the mid-2000s and took cues from goth and punk styles. Outfits were often all or mostly black with skinny jeans, band t-shirts, studded belts, and checkered Vans. No emo outfit was complete without the right hairstyle, most common were choppy cuts with long side-swept bangs dyed black, platinum blonde, or a bright color.
Paramore (Fueled by Ramen)
Scene styles became popular at the end of the decade and were influenced by indie, rave, and punk fashion. This look often included skinny black biker jeans, bright t-shirts and hoodies, band shirts, tutus, and studded belts. Like with emo styles, hair was a big part of the look. A popular scene hairstyle was bright neon dyed hair teased and swept to the side and accessorized with tiaras and bows.
Desperate Housewives (ABC)
If you wanted to be comfortable yet fashionable in the early 2000s, all you had to do was throw on your favorite tracksuit. Everyone from Britney Spears to Beyoncé and Eminem to Diddy were in on the tracksuit craze. They were often brightly colored and emblazoned with rhinestone logos and phrases.
It was also popular to mix track pants with dress clothing and designer shoes to elevate the look.
Creating your own 2000s look
You’ve been booked by a Casting Director and are now tasked with putting together your own look straight from the 2000s. When getting your outfit together, you should always start with your details. Depending on the project or role, your details may include very specific instructions or may leave room for you to inject your personal style. Just remember, whether you’re asked to wear your wardrobe or bring it to set, you should always arrive with your clothing clean and unwrinkled.
Want to know more about looks from difference decades? Check out our guides on 1960s, ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s fashion.
2000s Fashion for Men
Low-Rise Jeans in 2000s fashion for men
In the early 2000s, low-rise jeans were very popular, the back-middle belt look, it was the most wore thing in junior and high schools across the country.
Cardigans have very fine line between them, which is deemed acceptable and absolutely not. Cardigans are very tricky to pull off, there’s should be someone style-savvy human to show how it’s done. Ever seen the O.C.’s Seth Cohen, aka fictional influential leader of 2000s geek chic.
Sweatbands Major 2000s fashion for men
Sweatbands had a bizarre crossover appeal, either going to a party or gym or any sport. It became a huge hit in hip-hip style, they were like the batter’s gloves in the 90s. If you are punk or emo fans, then sweatbands shouldn’t be unknown to you, they were the ultimate accessory for them. But now, sweatbands have now become a part of sports inspired trend.
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Uh, I still see some people with them, but your favourite boy band had them. everyone had them, especially your barber. For some months, I’m sure you also had them. Sure, in retrospect the style looked obnoxious but at that period of decade they looked cool and like your hairs were sun-kissed. check out these eboy haircuts for some inspiration.
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Many famous brands like adidas or expensive brands like Gucci have started this tracksuit trend again. But this trend back into the depths from whence it came, even Drake attempted this at his birthday party, can’t do the damage done in te past. We are looking for Eminem and Juicy Couture.
Still many brands are selling these tracksuits with all the pride but many brands also dropped this menswear clothing vibe.
If you don’t have a bracelet or a band still on your wrist, then you are most probably not from 90s. they were huge hit at that time. If you have never seen this iconic yellow, then you are missing out, everyone had these rubber bracelets. Not that it makes a difference everyone having the same thing to wear, but wearing it everywhere—it’s one of the key philosophies of the new millennium, right?
You can’t go 2000s fashion for men, without all-over prints. Brands like Bape and Billionaire Boys Club helped to all over prints onto everything they see as wearables, t-shirts to hats to generally everything. Repeating icon or trendy graphic, coupled with pastel colours, these made the streetwear awesome at that time but not now although, this make sure everyone knew your personal style from at least two miles away.
Big Face Digital Watches
These 1980s trend was coming back in 2000s, with these big face digital watches. 80s had these giant Casio or G-shock. The bigger the watch face the better when it came your timepiece. They are very loud-as-hell colourway, these watches rock if you didn’t make a ton of cash.
Rappers had a big influence in the fashion with their own clothing lines in 2000s, Jay-Z, Nelly, Diddy and 50 cent, many included baggy jeans, tall and long t-shirts, velour suits, bubble jackets and puffer vests paired with sweatbands, headbands, boots and sneakers, the major Adidas Superstars.
Streetwear is usually focused in casual clothing, like jeans, sneakers and basic tees. In the late 2000s, many popular streetwear styles included distressed skinny jeans, loose tops, tracksuits, track pants, graphic t-shirts, hoodies, thrift tees and Timmy Hilfiger and US Polo Assn brands. Sneakers were also had an important part of the look, the Nike Air Jordan and Adidas Yeezys. Shoulder bags were also a popular accessory for men.
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The EMO Guy
Emo fashion trickled into the mainstream, youtuber Logan Paul did an emo in one of his videos.
Emo is mix of goth and punk styles. Outfits were often black with skinny jeans, band t-shirts, belts and checked Vans. No emo outfit was complete without the outrageous hairstyle, most common were choppy cuts with long side-swept bands dyed black, blonde or bright colour.
When the athleisure trend came, clothing blurred the lines between gym and outfits you would wear to be seen in. While the boy band NSYNC preferred to rocky slouchy, often velour, tracksuit all the time, today’s trend showcases a more tailored fit.
In fact, Supreme created a collection that featured a velour tracksuit very reminiscent of the 2000s era. But because of these brands, you can look magazine ready in a lazy lounge outfit!
One of the items in this list, which is not terrible, you either love or hate cargo pants. Now, cargo pants are now more streamlined and looks classic. We have come long from ridiculously oversized, baggy cargo pants that always looked like they were about to fall down anytime. You can easily pair with simple t-shirt or crewneck sweatshirt and sneakers for that effortless street style cool vibe.
Before Segway, skates or skateboard or also called Eboy style were very famous, everyone had those, and had Vans. However now this style has become evolved into more punk rock. Avril Lavigne, really does justifies the skate style. While 2000s look required more baggy jeans, chains, sneakers, but now trends have become silhouette, less baggy jeans and some good old Vans.
So, here is 2000s fashion for men, do you like the 2000s fashion trends? Some of you may not like it but feel embarrass while seeing your old photos, but, hey, those were famous at that time!
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The Good And (Mostly) Bad Of Men’s 2000s Fashion
The noughties is the most referenced decade when it comes to fashion blunders, especially for men. This fashion era had a bit of a bad reputation which isn’t hard to believe when we mostly remember the shell necklaces, outrageous hairstyles (too much hair gel!) and, god forbid, multiple popped collars. But, don’t worry, there are some styles from the 00s that are making a comeback and are actually worth rediscovering – we promise!
While we’re not completely losing our grip on the 90s sportswear hype, the most fashion forward among us are rapidly moving into the early 00s for their sartorial needs. If you want to keep up with them, take a peek into our list of the 10 (still socially acceptable) 2000s fashion trends for guys!
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The rise of geek chic arrived in the early 2000s, with Seth Cohen from The O.C. at the forefront of this revolution. With emo culture at an all time peak and thrift stores starting to replace every hipster’s mall, cardigans became the go-to outerwear choice for any indie dude who wanted to feel comfortable while listening to Arctic Monkeys.
9. All Over Print
It’s the Swiss Army Knife of streetwear – the all over print tells everyone that you’re gaudy, loud, and unbelievably cool all at the same time. Popularised by brands such as A Bathing Ape (BAPE) and Billionaires Boys Club, the trend never really left the urban culture. It survived every shift in the fashion world.
BAPE has released thousands of other designs, but its OG camo print (also on shoes) remains a fan favourite by the likes of Pharrell, Travis Scott, and Metro Boomin, to name a few.
Beyond streetwear, all over print was also immortalised in the Alexander McQueen fashion house. Enter, the iconic and most coveted (at the time) Alexander McQueen skull scarf. Every fashion darling has worn the piece – from Kanye West to Kate Moss, and even small-time fashion bloggers on Lookbook.
The arrival of athleisure mega-trend in clothing blurred the lines between the clothes you would sweat in during a workout and outfits you would wear to be seen in. While the boys of N’Sync preferred to rock slouchy, oftentimes velour, tracksuits both on and off the stage, today’s trend showcases a more tailored fit.
In fact, streetwear brand Supreme recently teamed up with Lacoste to create a collection that featured a velour tracksuit very reminiscent of the 00s era. Who said you can’t look magazine-ready in a lazy lounge outfit?
7. Tinted Sunglasses
The latest eyewear trend to make a comeback into our hearts is the tinted sunglasses! What used to be only seen on the likes of U2’s Bono and any other aging personality requiring a light-sensitive prescription, the stylish spectacles have been seen on fashion mavens such as Bella Hadid and Drake. While these don’t completely shield you from the sun or from other people, they sure look stylish as hell.
6. Cargo Pants
One of the most divisive items of clothing ever – you either love or hate cargo pants. Thankfully, cargo pants are now more streamlined and cut in a straight-leg style. Long gone are the ridiculously oversized, baggy cargo pants that always looked like they were about to fall down anytime. Pair yours with a simple t-shirt or sweatshirt and sneakers for that effortless street style cool vibe.
5. Double Denim
One of the most iconic outfits of all time? Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears in head to toe denim at an awards show. Forget what you know about denim on denim, it will never be as bad as Justin’s ensemble.
Tackle the tricky trend by pairing a blue jacket with dark wash jeans or a white denim jacket with black jeans. The trick is to ensure both denims are different or there’s one item of clothing to break things up. Oh, and steer clear of the denim cowboy hat. You’ll thank us later.
4. Millennial Pink
Let’s take a moment to appreciate this iconic Cam’ron get up. The all-pink winter fashion fantasy is everything the 00s was – over the top, dripped in bling, and undeniably cool. Pink does need a certain confidence for men to be able to wear and pull it off, but thanks to icons such as Cam’ron and Kanye, it has become more than acceptable to rock the colour once heavily associated with femininity.
3. Skater Style
The skater look has been around way before the 2000s, however early in this decade, this style has evolved into more punk rock. A little more Avril Lavigne and Blink-182, a little less Nike SB. While the 00s look required more baggy jeans, chains, and chunky sneakers, current trends offer a cleaner silhouette, less baggy jeans, and some good old Vans.
2. Bucket Hats
The bucket hat was already making waves in the 90s hip-hop scene, thanks to LL Cool J and RUN DMC, but it was in the 2000s that the popular hat became a mainstream fashion statement. It eventually reached noughties peak when it was featured on Jay-Z’s Big Pimpin’ video. Soon after, everyone from Reese Witherspoon to Brad Pitt was wearing the same accessory. The bucket hat still remains to be a popular headwear of choice among rappers such as Schoolboy Q and Earl Sweatshirt.
1. Throwback Jerseys
It’s the most quintessential 2000s fashion for men and yes, the style has become so saturated too quickly, but the classic throwback jerseys were once a staple. We’ve seen it on every Nelly music video, on the court worn by Allen Iverson, and even on Mariah Carey at an NBA All-Star Game.
It all started with Mitchell and Ness, a small Philadelphia boutique that eventually signed deals with three major sports leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL) to produce retro uniforms. There was a niche market, then rappers stumbled upon it, then it exponentially grew a huge market. Is it too soon to make a comeback? Honestly, we think it never left.
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