If you unhappily scroll through your Instagram search page on a lazy Sunday, you come across a number of photos that are stopping you. It’s a train wreck from start to finish, but you can’t look the other way.
One bad photo after the other, one flinches with every swipe. It’s not bloody special effects makeup or Dr. Pimple Popper Videos – You Don’t See Anything Like It. What you happen to see is a series of Ashley Tisdale red carpet photos from the early 2000s.
The popular teen actress, who visited Disney Channel through 2011, has shirts over shirts, Uggs with knee socks, low-rise bootcut jeans with bold belts and scarves that look like they’re out of the box of old Halloween costumes that your mother kept in the basement. At first you are appalled.
But we’re not here to hate early 2000s fashion. It takes courage to wear a knee-length dress over lightly washed denim jeans, paired with a knitted hat and a certain sense of humor.
Today everyone is reminded of the era of the flip phones and Paris Hilton’s reign over pop culture. The ubiquitous Y2K tags of the popular resale app Depop, the off duty model photos of Bella Hadid and Hailey Baldwin in their graphic baby t-shirts, and the catwalks of couture brands like Blumarine and Meryll Rogge that are wholeheartedly making the comeback salute We never knew we needed to remember that sometimes the past is better in the present.
Although the public is generally divided over the idea that fashion is returning in 2000 – usually a split that can be defined as the battle between Millennials and Gen Z – why hate anything in an era that is becoming increasingly serious that has the ability to do this? be so funny, so bizarre and so camping?
While a popular argument among those who don’t want to see the return of low-rise jeans and the matching tracksuit is that early 2000s fashion was never suitable for all body types, we need to think of this resurgence of old trends differently.
Y2K fashion is not for one type of person. To enjoy your outfit, you have to be proud of the way you present yourself to the world.
Y2K is loud. It takes up space and prompts the viewer to look and then look again. All bodies were made for low rise jeans if we believe all bodies were made for low rise jeans.
Our culture is changing in a way that accepts people’s bodies for what they are, not what they could be, and this time around, the Y2K trend can embrace that. Y2K fashion is about trying to fail and occasionally, on a good day, succeeding. No success without failure. To create an incredible outfit, you have to create a few bad (or terrible) ones. It’s boisterous, stupid, and demands attention.
We lost the joys of dressing up when more was, well, more. History repeats itself. Fortunately for us and for the sake of our humor, fashion does too.