- Fashion trends from the early 2000s are now making a comeback.
- Heeled flip flops, for example, are now all the rage, with stars like Rihanna and Kim Kardashian West wearing them frequently.
- Necklaces made from seashells are also coming back in style, thanks to VSCO users.
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The fashion industry is feeling nostalgic for the early 2000s.
From Urban Outfitters to Fashion Nova, shoppers can now find clothes and accessories that look like they were plucked from the early aughts. Puka shell necklaces are available to buy online, and heeled flip flops seem to be a favored footwear choice among celebrities.
Here’s a look at some of the 2000s-inspired fashion trends that are coming back in style.
Platform sandals might not be practical, but they are popular.
- Urban Outfitters
Between the ’90s and early 2000s, just about everyone owned a pair of platform sandals. Steve Madden’s classic black shoes were especially popular, known for their giant rubber soles and thick elastic bands.
Button-up cardigans are making a comeback.
- Forever 21
Throughout the early aughts, button-up cardigans were a staple in many wardrobes. The garments were typically worn over camisole tank tops, though some people also wore them as tops.
Knotted headbands were all the rage in the early 2000s — and they still are.
At the time of this post, stores like Bloomingdales and Nordstrom are selling high-end versions of the accessories, like the Embellished Knot Headband by designer Lele Sadoughi ($150). Anthropologie also has more affordable options.
Celebrities can be thanked for the return of heeled flip flops.
From Kim Kardashian West to Rihanna, celebrities can’t get enough of the divisive footwear trend. The latter star seems to be one of the first stars to bring the trend back from the 2000s, debuting heeled flip flops during the Fenty Puma By Rihanna runway show in 2017.
Since then, other stars have also donned the shoes, while brands like ASOS and Yeezy have started to sell their own versions. Designers like Jeffrey Campbell also sell versions, such as the Thong 2 Slide Sandals ($49.95) pictured above.
Velour tracksuits have been sliding back into fashion since 2018.
- Fashion Nova
Once a status symbol of the early 2000s, neon tracksuits are now a nostalgic nod to fashion of the past. The two-piece sets started to come back last year, and now it’s common to find retailers such as Fashion Nova selling pieces like the Original Trendsetter Velour Set ($29.99).
Necklaces made from seashells are no longer a thing of the past.
- Urban Outfitters
While celebrities bring back trends they previously wore 10 years ago, members of Gen Z are taking ownership of styles created before they were born.
For example, VSCO girls are known for wearing necklaces made from seashells, which were first popular between the ’90s and 2000s. Retailers such as Urban Outfitters are capitalizing on the trend with items like the Pacific Palms Shell Necklace ($18).
Tie Dye is one of the brightest trends returning from the early aughts.
Arguably one of the best things about tie dye is that it can be worn in numerous ways, from T-shirts to accessories. Thanks to its versatility – as well as a hectic political climate – the print is now back in style. Anthopologie’s AGOLDE Richie Tie-Dyed Sweatshirt ($158) is just one example on the market.
Like tracksuits, tube tops have been making a quiet return to the fashion industry.
- Forever 21
Last year, tube tops began popping up in stores and online. Celebrities also put their own twists on the style, bringing back a trend that is still going today. Not only is Forever 21 selling versions of the top – like the Velvet Glitter Tube Crop Top ($9.99) – but so are brands like ASOS, Revolve, and H&M.
Colorful lenses are still proving to be trendy.
If you miss the oversized, colorful sunglasses of the early aughts, don’t fret. Colored lenses are back in style, with brands like Opening Ceremony and Guess – which sells the Originals Pink Cat-Eye Sunglasses ($49), pictured above – offering versions of the look.
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