It’s official, Y2K fashion has gone from being a nostalgic resurgence to a must-have trend. The revival has been polarizing, to say the least. While Gen-Z has widely adopted and pushed looks that would have absolutely graced the cover of the deceased MJ magazine, millennials are aloof at best and, in most cases, utterly dismayed that the clothes they would once have died for as teenagers are back. Somehow, we find ourselves in a world where Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton pair up in velor tracksuits, visible flip flops turn heads on runways and celebrities, and Bella Hadid wears chunky. Lucite rings identical to the ones I used to babysit in the past. money to buy.
As a millennial myself, I feel a Stockholm Syndrome-like reaction to the return of the bobs, scarves, and futuristic fabric that once matched my Razr flip phone. I have vivid flashbacks to painted low-rise jeans and intentionally displayed thongs, a combination I was certain at age 16 was epitome of sex appeal. Not exactly what I would describe as “a good look”. But at the same time, I again feel drawn to the clothes of my youth. As an adult, I have the ability to dress EXACTLY the way I thought adults would dress when I was 13 and 30. , and with a bank account that supports my clothing desires. Maybe with a little finesse I would be in fashion (again).
I spent much of my youth being consumed by the appearance of my body, scared, angry with it. I don’t want to miss this opportunity to dress like the hot bad girl in every romantic comedy, without the body loathing that once came with wearing tight clothes. After spending the last year pampering myself with the first sitcoms (how I Met Your Mother, A hill with trees and the obligatory Friends rewatch) in isolation, I feel immersed in a world of baby t-shirts, necklaces, and tacky mini-dresses, and that once flickering embers of nostalgia sparked fandom of the era.
Better yet, for those of us who didn’t fit into the on-trend clothing of the 2000s, so many of those same basics are back with more inclusive options (yes, that includes the plus size Juicy Couture velor tracksuits). It’s also relatively easy to always find these iconic styles in thrift stores, making them a trend to try on without breaking the bank. In fact, the majority of my outfits were constructed from vintage pieces curated with the help of Emma Zack, the owner of Berriez, a vintage online store specializing in size inclusion.