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    These 2000s Trends Are Back & We Have Thoughts

    I have a lot of traumatic memories of the early two thousands, and the things my mother let me wear because I insisted they were “fashion”. Looking back at some photos triggers some severe cringing, and I try to do it as infrequently as possible. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t all bad, but for the most part, I’ve been relieved that my social media feed hasn’t been telling me I should wear those looks again…until now. The early 2000s trends I thought we had escaped are back with a vengeance, and it’s got me feeling a whole load of things.

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    The money piece

    I thought we had agreed that solid highlights – especially once they start to grow out – are a firm no. It therefore puzzled me when stars like Dua Lipa and Blackpink’s Jennie started rocking this very dubious throwback look. It puzzled me even more that I think I sort of…like it? Even though I know that in a month or two we’ll all be looking back wondering what the hell these ladies were thinking going back to a trend that we had already abandoned – and for good reason.

    Like those bizarre raccoon tale looks that made the rounds back while we were suffering through our emo and scene phases, the solid money piece is something that should remain firmly in the past (and not in the mirror) where we can gawk at it from a safe distance, reflecting on how much older and wiser we’ve become.

    Verdict: Trend cautiously rejected.

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    It’s no wonder Kim K got Paris Hilton in on it when she launched her Skims velour range. Hilton basically invented the look, convincing us all to try to emulate her Juicy Couture looks as if we didn’t look like marshmallows in them.

    As someone who actually still owns her velour kit from over a decade ago (and wears it frequently, but only around the house because the entire thing is mint green) I’m not entirely opposed to this comeback. Who could be opposed to the idea of maximum comfort, all day long? It’s basically like wearing your pyjamas out, except thanks to Kim and Paris, it’s once again socially acceptable.

    In an age when many of us are working from home and rarely feel the need to change out of our PJs anyway, this seems like a win.

    Verdict: Trend approved.

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    Glasses chains

    This is one your grandmother might approve of. If you ignore the fact that this 2000s trend makes you look old before your time (although as millennials we’re getting up there in years), it is actually pretty practical.

    How many times have you bent over to pick something up and had your glasses fall out of the collar of the shirt you jammed it into when you went indoors? Wrapping them neatly around your neck solves that problem, even if it does make you look a little like a retiree off to play a game of bingo.

    Verdict: Trend hesitantly approved.

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    I think it’s time we start admitting that this one’s never really going away. It fades from the spotlight from time to time, but it’s the comeback kid that’s never truly replaced. Instead, it bounces back, each time in a slightly different form.

    Not to mention, it carries with it all those warm fuzzy hippy vibes of peace, love and harmony. All things that are sorely lacking in the world.

    Verdict: Trend approved in perpetuity

    Butterfly clips

    I’m no fashion expert, but this – like the velour – is another trend that I refused to let go of even after I really should have. I still own my entire collection of butterfly clips (even the ones with wings that move) and wear them fairly often.

    If you, unlike me and more like everyone else, threw out all your old butterfly clips and moved on to cooler things when you went to high school, you may want to get yourself some new ones, because this 2000s trend is taking off once again. And why not? We can all do with a little positivity in these tough times.

    Verdict: trend enthusiastically approved.

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    Low-rise jeans

    Umm… can we not? I thought we had, as citizens of the world, unanimously decided to throw these things into furnaces and hellfires where they belong.

    They, notoriously, are unflattering on most people, and leave squishy bits poking out from all kinds of undesirable places. We’re all much better off wearing the high-waisted jeans that have dominated the better part of the last decade – for very good reason.

    I personally blame Bella Hadid for reintroducing this cataclysmic mistake of a design, but I must admit she can’t be entirely at fault. If I looked like her I probably wouldn’t wear clothes at all, so I should really reserve my judgement.

    Verdict: trend rejected outright

    So, while we may be regressing somewhat in our fashion choices, running back to nostalgic fads like broken hearted teenager returning to toxic exes, there are some good things to be said about many of the 2000s trends we left behind.

    I’m particularly pleased that I’ll no longer get chuckled at for wearing my butterfly clips, and I think we’re all pretty glad it’s now okay to walk around outside of our homes in what is, essentially, pyjamas. Perhaps this time round we should avoid taking too many photos, so there wont be too much evidence when these 2000s trends inevitably fall out of fashion once again.

    At the very least, we can sleep easily knowing that THIS popcorn top monstrosity has yet to make a come-back:

    2000s trend popcorn top

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