2000s fashion trends we should leave in the past

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The Y2K aesthetic is back and ruling the fashion industry. Everywhere you go, someone is sporting a bucket hat or a shoulder purse. As I scrolled through the outfits of different 2000s celebs, there were some unflattering trends that really don’t need to reappear. It makes me throw up a little in my mouth just talking about them. But we need to discuss them to prevent their return this decade.


This trend was common among Disney and Nickelodeon stars, noticeably Ashley Tisdale and Jessica Simpson. It consists of putting on so many shirts, dresses and jackets that it looks like you’re going to the snow. Although having two to three layers is fine, five or more is an overload. With global warming creating high temperatures, having too many layers will make you sweat. No one needs that many layers unless you’re about to trek through the entirety of Antarctica.

Ties as necklaces

This accessory was popularized by Avril Lavigne, completing her skater girl look. Soon, it caused various other people to wear it, but that doesn’t mean it’s fashionable. Ties as necklaces always seem like an afterthought because the look really doesn’t work in informal settings. The accessory doesn’t fit most nonformal outfits and I don’t see it ever coming back. This fashion sin is still inexcusable.


This clothing item is the medium of full-length pants and shorts, but it doesn’t mean it has a function. The hem stops at the shins and capris barely show your legs. If you want to show off your legs, stick to shorts. If you want to cover up, pick pants. Capris are in this weird middle ground and they don’t look the most flattering. They are staples in my mother’s closet and it’s probably time for me to tell her that I’m not a fan.

Dressing like a randomized Sim 

During this time, people just threw on anything and everything and went about their day. They had no vision for their outfits, which lacked cohesiveness and matching. Although I do admire the maximalist style and vision, everything clashed and the craziness of these outfits shouldn’t be revived. However, I have seen eclectic outfits with pieces that mesh well together because the wearer put some thought into it. But the Ashley Tisdale-esque outfits won’t cut it in the 2020s.

Hopefully, these trends never come back from the dead and stay in the past where they belong. But these fashion wrongs are still superior to the galaxy and chevron prints of the 2010s.  

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