In the words of our favourite Y2K idol Paris Hilton, the early 2000s fashion is so beyond.
Besides the obvious styling disasters—Ashley Tisdale on the red carpet, anyone?—Gen-Z is bringing these trends back with a vengeance.
Despite the trial and error of layering too-teeny mini skirts with every tank top under the sun or wearing low waisted jeans with graphic baby tees and trucker hats, we never seemed to pull the look off.
Yet, to our chagrin, every 20-something superstar and TikTok sensation who wears this ballsy aesthetic (Olivia Rodrigo we're looking at you) looks fabulous.
While we thought that the Y2K style may have been contained to a fair few, our favourite A-listers including Bella Hadid and Dua Lipa and international designers are making a case for the Y2K trend to continue to reign supreme in 2022.
Take Miu Miu for instance: while Miuccia Prada is renowned for her "girl at heart" attitude when designing for the label, she must have had the Bratz girls in mind for Miu Miu's Spring/Summer 2022 collection.
Showcased at Paris Fashion Week in September 2021, Miu Miu's inherent effortless and youthful savoir faire is replaced with an almost St. Trinian's-esque take on dressing.
The collections hip grazing hemlines and super-cropped tops are ushering a new age of unrivalled noughtiness that Jenny Humphrey would approve of.
At Milan Fashion Week, Blumarine championed a return of faux fur trimmed cardigans, oversized colour framed sunglasses, mighty midriffs and too-short shorts.
Even Marc Jacobs' diffusion line Heaven—the embodiment of the Y2K teen dream supreme—pioneers a return to early noughties garishness with a sensorially chic collection of genderless designs that cherry-pick the best looks from a bad bunch.
This resurgence poses a very important question—how do we wear this trend and actually look good?
Thankfully, Y2K 2.0 has brought back only the best looks of a questionable bunch and considering we've already had a trial run wearing this fashion in the early 2000s it should come as second nature.
In case you're apprehensive of how to actually wear this aesthetic, we've rounded up ELLE's edit of the best Y2K investment pieces and how to style them, so you can embrace this look with confidence.
Without further ado, grab your Motorola Razr and dELiA*s catalogue and keep scrolling below.
Much like how oversized tailoring à la The Row became a hallmark of the 2010s, mini skirts were the backbone of Y2K dressing. Now championed by the likes of Kendall Jenner and Hailey Bieber, this style is perfect for elevating everyday staples with a subtle edge.While we applaud those who fully embrace the pleated look of the 2000s, styling a slim-fit skirt with a slit or simple thigh-skimming number will have a similar effect.
Oli Mini Skirt, $350 at SIR The Label
Frame Mini Skirt, $450 at Dion Lee
For many, shirting may be an overlooked essential, in Y2K style it's anything but. Ranging from lace lined spaghetti strap singlets, bejewelled tanks that were all the rage at Supré, the stringy singlet and super cropped baby tees are popping up on the international runways. From the now iconic mesh tops from Nensi Dosaja or super strappy singlets from Jacquemus, it's time to start fishing out your trusty tanks.
Nensi Dojaka Sheer-panel Halterneck Top, $887 at Farfetch
Conner Ives Printed Cotton-Blend Voile Halterneck Top, $281.86 at NET-A-PORTER
Low Rise Denim
Despite your pleas, low rise denim will soon take over the denim sphere. No longer are we able to comfortably hide behind the security blanket of waist-hugging, high-rise denim, with Gen-Z favouring low rise, belly button revealing and hip baring cuts, showing a visible G-string if possible. While we understand your hesitation in diving into this trend head-first, we recommend starting slowly, with cutout pants and a baggy fit.
GRLFRND Bella Low-rise Straight-leg Jeans, $187.19 at NET-A-PORTER
RE/DONE '90s Relaxed Long High-rise Straight-leg Jeans, $219 at THE OUTNET
Faux Fur Trimmed Cardigan
Before House Of Sunny brought them back, the faux fur trimmed cardigan, and by extension trench coat, was a mainstay in every fashionista's wardrobe in the early 2000s. Serving major Bratz girl meets Cher Horowitz energy. A favourite of London-based designer KNWLS and Jaded, this look will become your go-to winter staple in no time.
House Of Sunny Waterloo Sunset Peggy Cardigan, $195 at The Iconic
Devon Cardigan, $157 at Jaded London
Thanks to Carrie Bradshaw and Paris Hilton, noughties fashion was never complete without a micro purse—preferably a Fendi baguette, baby pink Dior jacquard or Louis Vuitton Multicolore pochette. While the baby bag has been on the rise since Jacquemus debuted their Le Chiquito, opt for a Balenciaga Le Cagole or Chanel Belt Bag for the ultimate Y2K micro purse. Extra bonus points if your bag has a key ring.
By Far Rachel Mini Leather Shoulder Bag, $278 at MyTheresa
Billie Bucket Bag, $155 at Poppy Lissiman
There's no question that platform shoes, despite being carried over from the 90s, we're the preferred choice of footwear. Whether it be a high-top sneaker, chunky loafer, flip-flop or even a sandal, you can bet that this season's shoes will be sporting a platform. Honestly, what's not to love?
The Row Ginza Two-tone Leather And Suede Platform Flip Flops, $1,333.33 at NET-A-PORTER
Bottega Veneta Pump Leather Mules, $1,340 at NET-A-PORTER
If butterfly hair clips summarise 90s style, then a gaudy hat is the epitome of Y2K dressing. While the Von Dutch trucker hat will always be iconic (and sun safe!) in our eyes, you can't overlook the humble furry bucket hat or beret. If you're in need of styling inspiration, look no further than Bella Hadid who is purveying the resurgence of a mighty millinery return.
Jacquemus Tie-detail Bucket Hat, $201 at Farfetch
Vinyl Bucket Hat, $335 at Stella McCartney