How to work the Y2K trends if you wore them the first time around

By Marianne Françoise Dick

The SS22 shows from left to right: Miu Miu, Blumarine, Versace.

Fashion has always been cyclical, however the current reemergence of noughties trends feels a little soon – especially since many of us still cringe at the wardrobes we collated the first time around. But follow our guide and you'll find a way to make it work for you

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It was recently revealed that eBay searches for Juicy Couture tracksuits rose by 200 per cent this year. Maybe it isn’t a huge surprise that they're in demand. Iconic 2000s celebrities such as Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez and Paris Hilton are back in the headlines, pop punk is making a return, and even flip phones can be found in stores again. Bella Hadid, one of the world’s most influential models of the moment, is a huge fan of the decade, sporting zigzag partings, butterfly clips, cargo pants and scarf tops galore.

On top of all this, the spring/summer 2022 runways were overrun by Y2K references –from micro mini skirts to sheer tie-tops and handkerchief hair scarves – it’s no wonder people want to wear something fun, nostalgic and glamorous.


Zendaya at the 2021 BET Awards. Photo: @zendaya


Beyoncé performing at the BET Awards in 2003. Photo: Getty

While the kitsch parts of the noughties are definitely having a moment, there are – thankfully – some sleek and covetable takes on the decade too. Zendaya recently paid homage to the purple dress that Beyoncé wore when she performed at the 2003 BET Awards, and Kate Moss stepped out in a pair of bootcut jeans during the spring/summer 2022 London Fashion Week.

Whether we like it or not, the noughties are here to stay for a while, but there’s no reason to panic, because there are ways to channel this divisive decade without inducing any future regret.

Bootcut jeans

Elsa Hosk jeans

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The oracle of cool Kate Moss recently attended a London Fashion Week show in a pair of bootcut jeans and made them look effortless, modern, and not at all how we remember them. She styled them with a relaxed white shirt, a velvet blazer and brown, round-toed shoes.

If you’re not quite ready to go all the way yet, then look to Acne’s loose bootcut selection for a casual, subtle take on the style. Jeanerica's slimmer fit gives a nod to the 1970s, while Bite Studio's wider leg offer classic shapes.

It’s becoming clear that pretty much all of the major denim brands are on board with the bootcut revival now, so you should be able to find a pair made by your go-to label.

Bootleg jeans

Treasure cut jeans

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Fuji jeans - flared jeans


High-rise wide-leg jeans

BITE Studios


Shoulder bags

Matilda Djerf shoulder bag Y2K

Matilda Djerf with a Louis Vuitton bag tucked under her shoulder. Photo: @matildadjerf

And just like that, Sex and the City – the fashion authority of the noughties – is returning, and from the snaps of the cast filming around New York, it seems that Carrie is still sporting baguette bags, chunky belts over dresses, and heels… always heels.

The shoulder bag, in particular, is a simple and pretty much faultless way to introduce the decade into your everyday look. Fendi’s baguette and croissant styles are timeless and delicious, while Bottega Veneta and Stella McCartney both offer some interesting textures this season. There’s nothing to wonder about when it comes to cheery and sustainable brands Hvisk and Silfen – their reasonable prices mean that you can be as daring as Samantha...

Shoulder bag

Shoulder bag


Camaiore Baguette bag

ATP Atelier

The Jackie



Going-out tops

Pernille Teisbaek in a bedazzled top during Paris Fashion Week. Photo: @Pernilleteisbaek

Some of the noughties’ most memorable tops involved repurposed scarves, spaghetti straps and cute motifs. Milan Fashion Week saw plenty of crochet, halter necks, bralettes and butterflies too – particularly at brands like Blumarine – which suggests that the trend for sexy, statement tops is set to continue.

While labels like Hosbjerg have started to style their scarves as tops, brands like Anine Bing and Rotate Birger Christensen offer more modern takes on strapless and halter neck styles. We recommend pairing with jeans or cargo trousers and a blazer.

Going-out tops

Olivine top

Cult Gaia

Emili strapless


Black mesh tie front top



Cowboy boots

Hailey Bieber

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Boho was huge in the noughties, and while it hasn’t fully returned in all of its tasselled and embroidered glory just yet, there is one key piece that has been consistently on trend for the last few seasons. Two decades ago, the cowboy boot was a festival favourite and was often worn over jeans or with floaty layers.

Today’s take on the style favours sleek, bold designs that pop when paired with clean lines and smart denim. Look to Isabel Marant for classic suede versions (with a hint of boho), Saint Laurent for a rock-and-roll edge, or Ganni for the glam disco wow-factor.

Cowboy boots

Cowboy boots


Western-inspired ankle boots


Western Boots

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