26 Stylish Pieces to Help You Master the Y2K Fashion Trend in 2021

Aug 2 2021 - 2:42pm

In a decade of fashion [1] that included ultra low-rise pants [2], terry cloth dresses over jeans [3], and lots and lots of butterfly prints, we're here to guide you through shopping Y2K fashion trends [4] in 2021. Celebs might have dabbled in some of the riskier looks that aren't exactly a breeze to pull off — perhaps they're even bringing them back [5] today! — but we wanted to curate items that are actually 100 percent wearable.

These clothes and accessories [6] will fit right in with the rest of your wardrobe, reminding you of the early aughts [7] but not forcing you into a look that feels over-the-top. They'll also help you curate an end-of-summer wardrobe that is new and now — and not at all costume-like. From claw clips you can work into a standard outfit of a ribbed tank and jeans to fun-colored shoulder bags that will help you make a statement on a night out, find our picks ahead and choose the items that best speak to your personal taste.


"AGOLDE Rib Tank [9] ($68) is the update on the tank I loved in the early 2000s. The ribbing and stretch are perfect, but it's the subtly sexy cut in at the sleeves that really got me." — Hannah Weil McKinley, fashion director

By Far Venice Pistachio Grained Leather Bag

"Little mini shoulder bags are my newest obsession. I have a thing for By Far's cute silhouettes and its newest one, the Venice Bag [10] ($440) is at the top of my wish list. It comes in a few fun shades, and the brand's cool hardwire and logo just makes it so cute." — Krista Jones, editor, commerce

Frankies Bikinis Emi Jay Big Effing Claw Hair Clip

"I'm so nostalgic for the days I'd tie my hair into a ponytail and then pin up the excess fringe with something like the Frankies Bikinis Emi Jay Big Effing Claw Hair Clip [11] ($32). (Sort of like Madelyn Cline's look about 4:20 minutes into her 24-hour video with Vogue [12].) Yep, that's my style." — Sarah Wasilak, editor, fashion

Prada Logo Slide Sandal

"I'm a sucker for anything shearling and these Prada Logo Slide Sandals [13] ($795) are the coolest slippers around. I seriously contemplating splurging on a pair since I need to get new house slippers to pack in my hospital bag since my due date is right around the corner." — Nikita Charuza, editor, fashion

Lolli Popitt Summer Break

"As soon as I discovered Lolli Popitt [14], a bespoke underwear boutique that allows you to jazz up lingerie with charms, I was taken way, way back. The Summer Break Panties [15] ($48) come with ice cream cones and other 'summer bling' that I would have added to my charm bracelet in 2004." — SW

With Jean Andy Dress | Forest

"Wih Jean really nails Y2K fashion and the brand's Andy Dress in Forest [16] ($239) looks chic and cozy." — NC

Frankies Bikinis Breeze Lace Tank

"I've been seeing those little bandana-inspired tops [17] all over my social feeds, and have finally caved and want one. Instead of getting an actual bandana one, I want the Frankies Bikinis Breeze Lace Tank [18] ($135). There's something about the pretty print, lace details, and tie back that just really sold me. I can't wait to rock it with a pair of baggy jeans and sneakers." — KJ

Sincerely Jules For Bandier The Juniper Sweat Short

"The Sincerely Jules For Bandier collection comes with splashes of tie-dye and cozy looking sweats like the ones I kept in heavy rotation during the 2000s. I love the color combo of the The Juniper Sweat Short [19] ($58)." — SW

Prada Re-Nylon Re-Edition 2000 Mini Bag

"This nylon Prada bag [20] ($895) would have made my high school heart skip a beat. They have that nostalgic Y2K feel, but still look fresh. They are so easy to pair with just about any look and come in really fun colors." — Dana Avidan Cohn, executive style director

Tory Sport Chevron Set

"If you're looking for a fresh take on chevron, place your eyes on this Tory Sport Printed Sculpt Compression Scoop-Back Bra [21] ($98) and Tory Sport High-Rise Printed Sculpt Compression Chevron 7/8 Leggings [22] ($168) set. The designer's pieces are always the comfiest to work out in." — NC

A Lot Studio x Palo Rosa Beachwear One Love Bucket Hat

"If you love large-pixel graphics, bursts of color, and swimwear, I highly encourage you to check out the new collab between A Lot Studio and Palo Rosa Beachwear by Angelica Tcherassi. My favorite design is the One Love Bucket Hat [23] ($75), which you can team with the matching swimsuit and cardigan for a full-on beach look to wrap up the summer in." — SW

By Far Zaya Hologram 100mm Mules

"These blue, iridescent By Far Zaya Hologram 100mm Mules [24] ($420) caught my eye on Instagram, and they're absolutely funky enough to jazz up my minidresses for a night out." — SW

Warby Parker x Entireworld Hatcher Sunglasses

"The Warby Parker x Entireworld Hatcher [25] ($95) has so many fun colors to choose from. In addition to donating a pair for every pair purchased, the brands will also make a donation to Equal Justice Initiative [26], a nonprofit organization committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the US." — DAC

Staud Kind Top

"This textured Staud Knit Kind Top [27] ($145) is perfect to wear over long-sleeved, sheer top or an oversize white button-down with denim." — DAC

Above Average Pink Pearl Hoops

"For a pop of color, I want to get these Above Average Pink Pearl Hoops [28] ($49) that remind me of my childhood." — NC

Gia Borghini x Pernille Teisbaek Double Strap Sandals

"Birkenstocks have heavily influenced a nostalgic footwear revival in the last two years, but these Gia Borghini x Pernille Teisbaek Double Strap Sandals [29] ($465) may be my favorite iteration yet — they had me at soft French terry lining." — HWM

Donni Terry Henley Sweatshirt

"Terry cloth is the Y2K fabric of choice. Donni makes the most comfortable lounge sets in trendy colors. I'll wear this Terry Henley Sweatshirt [30] ($159) to lounge around the house in set form, or just the pullover with jeans and chunky slides for fall." — DAC

Devon Lee Carlson x Marc Jacobs Charm Purse

"Fashion girl Devon Lee Carlson has teamed up with Marc Jacobs for a nostalgic collection that screams 2000s. I'm lusting hardcore over the Devon Lee Carlson x Marc Jacobs Charm Purse [31] ($225) from the collab. Look how cute the charms are!" - NC

Ganni Cotton Canvas Pants

"I love these Ganni Cotton Canvas Pants [32] ($295) because they are the perfect length to pare back to sneakers and slightly cropped tees." — DAC

Hunza G Edie Two-Piece Bikini Set

"The sugary pastels and the tube top feel like a throwback, but Hunza G's Edie Two-Piece Bikini Set [33] ($180) come with the brand's perfectly-crafted stretch and fit, so you know this suit will last for seasons." — HWM

Friends With Animals Printed Cotton-Jersey Sweatshirt

"I love Tavia Bonetti's Friends With Animals line and I was so excited to see that it's now being stocked on Mr. Porter. This Friends With Animals Printed Cotton-Jersey Sweatshirt [34] ($130) gives me all the Y2K feels, and I can't wait to get one!" - NC

About-Face x Dickies Mini Backpack

"There's nothing for Y2K than this About-Face x Dickies Mini Backpack [35] ($22). Plus, this retro backpack also comes with a few lipsticks from Halsey's About-Face line!" - NC

Happy Cloud Applique Short Terry Loop Bathrobe

"I feel like I had this Happy Cloud Applique Short Terry Loop Bathrobe [36] (80) $when I was in middle school, and it gave me some serious nostalgia. I knew I needed to have it, and I honestly can't wait to rock it this fall." — KJ

Reina Olga Brigitte Bikini Set

"This Reina Olga Brigitte Bikini Set [37] ($195) feels like a blast from the past in the best possible way. I love the silhouette of the swimsuit and the pattern is the perfect mix of modern and nostalgic." — NC

Chunks Jumbo Claw

"Chunks was one fo the first on the scene when it came to bringing back the claw clip. I love how much care the brand's designer Tiffany Ju puts into her designs and this Chunks Jumbo Claw [38] ($14) comes in the ideal size." — NC

Brooklinen Classic Duvet Cover

"The color scheme of this Brooklinen Classic Duvet Cover [39] ($134, originally $149) really takes me back in time. I love how soft the brand's sheets are and I really want to try out its duvet covers as well." — NC

Lottie Naomi Necklace

"Beaded necklaces like this Lottie Naomi Necklace [40] ($98) were made for layering and always remind me of the camp jewelry I'd mix and match with my lanyards and braided threads. I'll forever be a fan of the simple pieces I can coordinate with my swimsuits, too." — SW

Hermès Evercolor 2002 Wallet

"I've been shopping for a vintage wallet or cardholder, and the cobalt shade of this Hermès Evercolor [41] ($3,285, originally $3,650) stuck out to me right away. It's an accessory from the 2002 archives, and I can't wait to pull it out of my bag and use it proudly." — SW

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