Tacky, trashy and brashy, the 2000s was the decade we all love to hate. As much as we want to cringe at the outfits that made you cover your eyes, we also need to thank the 2000s for inventing celebrities as (the original) influencers, street style and most importantly, redefining the conventions of a classic wardrobe.
While the majority of 2000s fashion trends faded into obscurity as soon as the 2009 ended, little did we know that the “It” girls of today (whether it’s Meghan Markle, Kaia Gerber and/or Bella Hadid) would channel the “It” girls of the decade. (Looking at you, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and Avril Lavigne!)
If you feel too scared to repeat what you wore 10 years ago, don’t fret: you can always freshen up your summer wardrobe with these top 5 trends that you totally forgot about.
Low at the hips with a slight flare at the hem, the bootcut jean was the go-to silhouette for every “It” girl – including former OC actress turned train wreck Mischa Barton. Due to its flattering cut, it was no secret that everyone swore by them until skinny jeans stole the lens from the paparazzi.
Meghan Markle‘s image is clearly the polar opposite of Barton’s; however, they have a mutual interest in the same bootcut silhouette. Spotted at the Invictus Games in April, Markle paired her Mother jeans with a black polo and a dark olive trenchcoat for a dose of California cool.
While Markle’s pair from Mother are sold out, Frame’s dupe is the closest thing you can get to her pair. Given that the majority of us have to get our jeans altered, this cropped style will stop perfectly at your feet. No alteration needed.
Frame Le Crop Mini mid-rise bootcut jeans, USD $219.87 at Net-A-Porter
Like most 2000s denim trends, the front slit was a fad never to be seen again since Destiny’s Child broke up. As the go-to label for Meghan Markle, Los Angeles-based denim brand Mother combined the best of the noughties by whipping up this slim-fit bootcut silhouette.
Mother Insider Slit Ankle Fray, USD $238 at motherdenim.com
If you like tracksuits, but still want to dress up, look no further than Maggie Marilyn. The New Zealand-based designer adds a sporty, yet dressy touch with two red grosgrain ribbon pipings down the sides. While white jeans look intimidating to wear, her pair will elongate your figure to fake a supermodel-esque height.
Maggie Marilyn Game Changer grosgrain-trimmed mid-rise bootcut jeans, USD $347.84 at Net-A-Porter
As the reigning queen of the early 2000s, Paris Hilton wore this iconic sparkly chainmail dress on her 21st birthday, which she rewore a year after Kendall Jenner copied the hotel heiress’ look in 2016.
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While Hilton’s version skews towards wardrobe malfunction territory, Emily Ratajkowski’s dress lends a street-friendly Midas touch during Paris Fashion Week last fall. After all, less skin is always more.
While Hilton and Jenner had their dresses custom made, you can copy their look with upcoming London-based label Poster Girl. Given that the material looks heavy, it’s surprisingly lightweight! You can either wear it as a skin-baring ensemble or wear it with a plain t-shirt underneath for a more modest spin.
Poster Girl Zeina Dress, 285.00 from poster-girl.com
If you were mesmerized by Bella Hadid‘s infamous nipple-baring two-piece chainmail set in late 2016, you can channel the raven-haired model with Fannie Schiavoni’s top. Part Medieval-era Crusader knight and part Paco Rabanne, this asymmetrical going out top is the perfect masterpiece to dress up any bottoms whether it’s denim or leather. Just don’t wear it in front of your mum.
Fannie Schiavoni Scales and Mesh Top, $ 2,219.69 at FWRD
The late Brittany Murphy might be better known for her grunge goes glam makeover in Clueless, but she got some sartorial chops at the MTV Movie Awards in 2002 when she walked down the purple carpet in these striped pants.
Spotted at Coachella, Orange Is The New Black actress Taryn Manning amped up the late night desert heat with these rainbow striped pants.
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Black and white striped pants became the go-to staple for Halloween thanks to Beetlejuice and Robin Thicke’s goosebump-raising infamous referee suit at the MTV VMAs in 2013. Although it’s not cute to look like a costume, these RTA palazzo pants lend a classic ’70s feel that take you back to Riccardo Tisci-era Givenchy circa 2010.
RTA Striped Palazzo Pants, $660 at Farfetch
Slightly more mellow than Beetlejuice and David Bowie, 3.1 Philip Lim’s tomato red pinstripe pants are the perfect pair to stuff into your suitcase. With a drawstring waist, it can help you sit down and walk around the boardwalk or city without suffocating your food baby.
3.1 Philip Lim Cropped striped cotton and silk-blend wide-leg pants, USD $148 from The Outnet
Pajama dressing has never gotten better since Nicole Richie‘s House of Harlow 1960 collaborated with Los Angeles-based online Revolve. Similar to a set of striped pipings on a tracksuit, these grommets lend a funky twist to your standard-issue PJ pants. Style it with a chainmail top, pointy ankle boots and a denim jacket for a dance floor-friendly outfit.
House of Harlow 1960 x Revolve Holden Pant, $261.76 at Revolve
Before ditching the baggy pants for prim and proper dresses, Avril Lavigne was the epitome of tomboy chic. Never without her signature eyeliner and flat iron, the high priestess of punk pop often sports floor-grazing pants such as this pinstripe black and fuchsia bondage-inspired pair. Oh, let’s not forget the time when she showed up to the MTV VMAS in sneakers before all of your favourites did it at other VIP red carpet events.
Just a year away from being legal, Kaia Gerber is a precocious budding style icon with a heavy preference for ensembles that make her look mature beyond her years. While she may have been too young to remember Lavigne’s sk8er girl aesthetic, Gerber carries the torch by pairing her I AM GIA pants with a turtleneck and Chucks.
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New York-based designer Danielle Guizio knows exactly what girls want. Business in the back, but party at the front, these trousers are perfect for Instagram photo ops. You can tear a page from Lavigne’s book with a cropped baby tee and sleek sneakers or dress it up with a pair of heels and a long sleeve sheer lace turleneck with a tiny handbag.
Danielle Guizio D-Ring Trouser, USD $225 at danielleguiziony.com
While additional straps might seem a little extra for everyday use, the Australian high street label’s fetish-inspired PVC pants inject a high fashion edge with a zippered waistband and openings at the thigh. Wearing it around hot weather might not be the most practical idea, but you can stand out from the crowd.
I AM GIA Isla Pant, AUD $160.00. at iamgia.com
If you want a grown-up take on the pop punk aesthetic, DSquared2 has answered your prayers. Made for the young at heart, these skinny-fit trousers have a hint of mischief thanks to its side buckles and low waist. With zips next to the buckles, it calls back to the BDSM origins that inspired it. It will look lovely with a white button-down collared shirt and high heeled boots.
DSquared2 Buckle Detail Trousers, $2,005 at Farfetch
The incredible Britney Spears never fails to create looks and start trends. You can credit her with starting all of your newly favored throwback trends, but this one has been long-forgotten: the Harley Davidson biker tee. Paired with a frayed denim miniskirt for a photoshoot, Spears looks every inch the bonafide superstar she’s always meant to be.
The Victoria’s Secret model might be better known for her bushy brows and gym-toned body, but compared to her colleagues, she channeled her inner Daria by pulling out a vintage Harley Davidson tee with a green plaid skirt and combat boots at Coachella.
If you’re not into wearing vintage Harley Davidson tees, emerging label Local Authority LA is right up your alley. Known for their super witty and profane designs, this brand’s statement tees will enlighten any outfit whether it’s a Chanel two piece or a pair of cutoff shorts and Balenciaga Knife boots.
Malibu FUFC pocket tee, USD $145.00 at localauthorityla.com
As all of the hottest “It” girls ditched their vintage band tees, you can clearly thank Taylor Hill for making Harley Davidson tees great again. While Hill’s shirt is already sold out, you can cop a similar design from her go-to boutique, The Vintage Twin. As the cut of the garment is slightly oversized, you can tuck the hem inside a pair of high-waisted pants and roll up the sleeves to fake a fitted silhouette.
Rare 50-50 Daytona Harley Tee, $98 at The Vintage Twin
Bold, punchy and extremely colourful, Opening Ceremony’s take on the trend has a sporty spin. As we are constantly breathing in humid air and soaking up the sun’s rays, the mesh fabric will keep you cool throughout the day.
Opening Ceremony Moto Mesh Long Sleeve Tee, USD $175 at Shopbop
- 3.1 Philip Lim
- Avril Lavigne
- Bella Hadid
- bootcut jeans
- Britney Spears
- Brittany Murphy
- Danielle Guizio
- Destiny's Child
- Emily Ratajkowski
- Fannie Schiavoni
- Frame Denim
- Harley Davidson
- House of Harlow 1960
- Kaia Gerber
- Kendall Jenner
- Local Authority LA
- Maggie Marilyn
- Meghan Markle
- Mischa Barton
- Mother Denim
- MTV Movie Awards
- Nicole Richie
- Opening Ceremony
- Paris Hilton
- Poster Girl
- Summer Outfits
- Taryn Manning
- Taylor Hill
- THE OUTNET
- The Vintage Twin
- Victoria's Secret