The Year 2000 is Here.

Hit me, baby, one more time.


Missing TV of the year 2000?  Us too.

It happened.

On the one hand I want to blame myself, either for jinxing it or creating some sort of self-fulfilling prophecy that leaked by osmosis into the creative minds of various runway geniuses. (The life of a muse is not without its pressures.) It’s possible that Netflix and BuzzFeed are to blame, these prolific content machines of nostalgic pop-culture pumping fumes — no one’s immune to this, you know. Not even the most otherworldly of creators can withstand the power of a Remember When slideshow nor a marathon of their favorite teenage TV show.

Besides, based upon the trajectory we’ve been following: 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s — 92, 93, 94… this was almost inevitable. Naming blame never helped anyone except for lawyers during court cases, so let’s just move on and accept it: the year 2000 is here.


There it is. The wide-armed welcome we all needed. To begin with, per our girl Carmen Electra, above, pants were worn dangerously low. Need I remind you of a collage from our NYFW Spring 16 trend recap? Oh, why not:


That’s the year 2000 in more ways than one: the slouch of a cargo, pants that could theoretically pair with flip flops…arbitrary belts! See that belt on the green Rosie Assoulin look to our right, looped through and hanging low? It had its day on more than one runway this season. Super two-triple-zero. Very Lizzie McGuire.

Let’s hit some more pressure points of the year we keep trying to ignore:

Off-the-shoulder tops: present.

Camouflage: yes.

Corset-fastened “going out tops,” shiny fabrics, baggy-pants with sporty crops?

Yes, yes, yes.

Bucket hats, distressed denim, armpit bags, baby tees, logos and ribbing (her pleasure!) *deep breath*

Bootcut bottoms, pants with random zips, stretched-sleeved sweaters, athletic jackets with toggle ties that cinch the fabric to show off your hips…

All accounted for.


Stop pouting.

It’s going to be okay.

The year 2000 wasn’t bad. It was just confused. The 90s had a strong sartorial run and closed with a cinematic bang: 1998 offered up Can’t Hardly Wait, then 1999 alone gave us such great teen movie hits as She’s All That, 10 Things I Hate About You, Jawbreaker, American Pie, Drive Me Crazy, Cruel Intentions AND Never Been Kissed. 

Trying to follow that lineup would be like poor Mandy Moore coming on stage to perform after Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera already shut down the whole house.

The difference now is that the designers know what they’re doing. They’re exercising poetic irony and lessons in restraint. The vulgarity is gone. Style, experience and a bit of humor stands in its wake.

Here’s the good news: no sight of velour!!!


Feature Collage by @rstheory. Collage in Post by Elizabeth Tamkin


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  • Nana

    Finally someone wrote what I was thinking… Well, I’ve always said there’s no need to do any wardrobe renewals. You just have to be patient.

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  • V.

    I’m scared… >. <

  • Velour is just around the corner I can tell you, just around the corner.. *clapping hands*

  • “arbitrary belts” and “going out tops” – you nailed it!


  • Allie Fasanella

    AD, are you gonna wear the low rise jeans tho?

    • Amelia Diamond


      • Allie Fasanella

        ugh, the dark side

  • And let´s talk about the shape of the Chanel glasses that were on the runway for S/S16….they look like ones I had in 2003!


  • And yoga pants had yet to take over the world.

  • I graduated from high school in 2000.

    I feel old now. I’m going to go sip on some tea and bake scones or something.

  • Marissa Dawson

    I don’t care what you say, I welcome a juicy-esq velour tracksuit. My ass looks good in velour. lol.

  • katiars

    why would I relive my teenage years? why?

  • Lucy Korn

    One only needs to look to Jennifer Anniston’s love affair with the cargo pant, white tank top, flip-flop combo to know the year 2000 was never that far away.

  • Love The low rises. . .and although I agree that these trends are back, I like to think they have changed just enough to be 2015. . . Its all in the details and the cut and whereas we can pull off wearing some oldies that will make us “vintage” or on top of the trend, there will be others that make us look simply outdated.


  • Let’s be real.. was it ever REALLY gone?

    Hannah | The Outfit Repeater

  • kline, mara r.

    but!!!!!!!!!! i can’t wear low rise jeans!!!!!! my mother says i have “child bearing hips”

  • “Pants that could theoretically pair with flip flops”…WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?? 2000s fashion is scary, but this article was on point.

    I also recently wrote about the 2000s revival, particularly in reference to the comeback of jean skirts, for my fashion column for The Daily Orange, Syracuse University’s newspaper, and I’d love for you to check it out since we seem to be on the same page about this frightening trend. We both mention Lizzie McGuire and of course Britney–the nostalgia is real. 🙂


  • it’s like the 2000’s are grown up, got a job, two kids and now are on a vacation with all of the high school friends.

  • I feel like I have lived in every decade from the 1900s – we are now wearing the 70’s, spring will bring the 2000 and just a couple of years ago it was all about the 20’s. Recycling fashion is not a bad thing, but now I have to get back to the gym and get my abs low-pants-ready. Eh.


  • Amy

    Yass! ( Starts digging through closet for Pucci prints) 😉

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  • Chloe Fourte

    YESSS FINALLY!!!! I’ve been awaiting this day patiently:)

  • Susanna

    I’ve got so much velour.