last day, My 17-year-old daughter sent me a picture of a Juicy Couture velor jumpsuit. You remember those, right? Zip-up sweaters were cropped, pants were low, and the brand was plastered on the bum.
My mind flashed back to the early 2000s as I saved up pennies to get the exact dress she sent me, and I told her I had that dress before she was born and wore it while I was pregnant – a pair of Uggs; of course. I thought for a moment that the outfit was less attractive, but I was wrong. “Why didn’t you save all your clothes from behind him?!” She demanded to know. At least in her eyes, I was a cool dresser at one point in my life.
Looking back now, I must be. They put everything. Even if my daughter doesn’t want all the couture, I could sell thousands of them at Poshmark. There’s something eerie about revisiting low-waisted baggy carpenter pants, velor pants, and platform loafers. It takes me back to my youth when times were simpler (or at least they felt that way to those of us who were young back then). There were no cell phones, and getting ready to go out started when I was asleep these days. You can wear a skirt over pants and no one asks you any questions. Ah, to be young and wear baby t-shirts, baggy jeans and butterfly clips in my hair.
We’ve all watched the beauty trends of previous generations cycle in and out of fashion – bell and bolt tops, boyish short bathing suits and long maxi skirts. But now it’s our turn, fellow Gen-Xers and older Millennials, to see the Y2K trend explode among Gen-Z, thanks in large part to TikTok. And it’s fun, because hello, we His own Those fashion trends. They started with us; We did them carefully. And it’s incredibly satisfying to watch our kids want to dress up like they used to. Yes, we were right! Climbing-on they are. good!
Teenagers these days love to thrift and shop on Etsy for the “right” Y2K look — though retailers are definitely paying attention to what’s going on. You can find Nirvana and Guns N’ Roses t-shirts, blindingly bright Almost everywhere, and baguette bags. The other day my daughter came in with a gorgeous pink Juicy Couture pair of pants on one leg. in rhinestones. If that’s not the definition of awesome, I don’t know what is. Who doesn’t want to be comfortable and stylish?
I’m a Gen-Xer myself and fondly remember sitting in the sun in my backyard with my sisters poring through the DLIA catalog. So you bet your ass that I saw tart buns dressed in black. I’m so glad wide leg, baggy jeans are back, and it’s time for skinny sunglasses another time.
Even if you don’t love the mini dresses of yesteryear and seeing them on stage hurts your ankles, you have to admit that just looking at clothes with Y2K vibes will take you back in time. It’s playful, it’s fun, and if you love accessories and body sparkles, this is the time to shine.
And let’s be honest here, I think we can all agree that baggy jeans and pants are a nice change from skinny jeans. I’ll probably order myself another Juicy Couture tracksuit.
Katie Bingham-Smith She is a full-time freelance writer living in Maine with her three toddlers and two ducks. Even if she doesn’t write, she probably spends a lot of money online and drinks Coke Zero.