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Y2K Fashion is Back in, But Means Something More to Millennials

Millennials are not loving the Y2K fashion revival

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Low-rise and wide-leg jeans, cropped cardigans, halter tops — Gen Z has adopted all of these 2000s fashion trends as their own.

The early 2000s have, no doubt, coming back.

With Machine Gun Kelly and Travis Barker bringing back the early 2000s pop-punk music scene, fashion is coming with it. Avril Lavigne will release a new album at the end of this year, and Willow Smith’s latest release, “Lately I Feel Everything” is experimentally pop-punk.

And while Gen Z has left some things in the past (think skirts over jeans, Uggs everywhere, and capris), millennials are more concerned with the mindset that came with early 2000s fashion trends rather than the clothes themselves

The root of millennial beauty standards in those days stemmed from a desire for thinness and to achieve a ‘heroin chic‘-thin, pale, bony–aesthetic.

Low-rise jeans seem to especially strike a nerve, as they seem to many to be a way to show off your body, rather than taste in fashion.

And some are concerned this lends to a new wave of fat-phobia. 

One Tik-Toker, Jessica Blair, explained that body-shaming was alive and well in the Y2K era. 

“Anybody above a size 2 seemed to be demonized, fat people were blatantly ignored and clothing options for plus-sized people in the early 2000s were virtually nonexistent, thereby completely excluding fat people from fashion,” she said in one TikTok. 

So while repeating history with butterfly clips and cropped cardigans are certainly cute, we need to remember to leave the toxic mindset that accompanied them in the past. 

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