Fashion 26 Questionable '00s Trends That Have Unfortunately Returned Belly chains, trucker hats, dresses over pants — it's Y2K round two. By Samantha Sutton Samantha Sutton Instagram Samantha is InStyle's senior fashion editor. She joined the brand in 2019 and oversees the site's fashion coverage, including trend reporting, fashion exclusives, celebrity style interviews, and Fashion Week coverage. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on February 2, 2023 @ 02:45PM Pin Share Tweet Email In This Article View All In This Article Graphic T-Shirts Pleated Skirts Structured Vests Holes and Cutouts Corsets Platform Boots Logo Bags The Kerchief Twisted Halter Tops Trucker Hats Belly Chains Bubble Skirts Capri Pants Random Ties Tube Tops Strapless Satin Dresses Dresses Over Jeans Fishnet Material Halter Tops Cargo Pants Lace-Up Details North Face Puffers Mid-Section Belts Crochet Clothing Ponchos Flip-Flops Photo: 20th Century Fox Time travel may not be a thing yet, but when it comes to fashion, it kind of feels like we're stuck somewhere around 2002. For years at this point, old '00s and Y2K fashion trends have been resurfacing, ranging from the cute (butterfly everything!) to the questionable (we're still on the fence about dresses over jeans). Perhaps the reason we've fallen so deep into Y2K round two is because not everyone was old enough (or even alive yet) to enjoy — and later, heavily regret — some of the more confusing, unflattering, or just plain strange styles. Or maybe many of us are just nostalgic for simpler times, when our main source of outfit inspiration were shows like Lizzie McGuire or Laguna Beach. Whatever the case, there are a whole lot of layering tricks and random accessories that have weaseled their way back into our lives, and although we may cringe at first, it might be time to give them a chance. Here's a refresher on which Y2K and early '00s styles to add to — or dig out of — your closet. These Celebrity Y2K Outfits Weirdly Look Like They're From 2023 Graphic T-Shirts Getty Images The sweet, the snarky, the simple statement, etc. Slogan shirts are cool again — including slightly controversial Ed Hardy tees. Pleated Skirts Getty Images Admittedly, we're all for this one. If you're looking to go full Y2K, plenty of cute outfits can be created with pleated micro-minis. Still, if you prefer something slightly longer, it's fine to stick with a simple tennis option, just like Eiza González, and pair it with a casual shoe. The 8 Best Tennis Skirts of 2023 to Wear On Or Off the Court Structured Vests Getty Images In recent years, we've seen models wear this style with nothing underneath — just like the stars did in 2004. Of course, at that time, metallic options were fit for the stage, and came complete with coordinated bottoms. Holes and Cutouts Getty Images/Instagram/@dualipa There's nothing sexier than showing off a hint of skin in the right place. Fashion icons like Bella Hadid and Dua Lipa are big fans of cutouts these days, and revealing Poster Girl dresses continue to pop up everywhere. Corsets Getty Images Some may blame the corset's popularity on Netflix's Bridgerton or cottagecore. However, the stars of the early '00s also enjoyed this body-hugging design, inspiring us to work this lingerie staple into our sexiest outfits. 9 Ways to Wear a Corset Top Platform Boots Getty Images When celebrities first began stepping out in break-your-ankle heels, we were unsure if we could wobble around in this shoe trend again. However, platform boots have become a wardrobe essential and pair well with jeans, skirts, and another throwback favorite, the duster jacket. Logo Bags Getty Images Every time we spot a style icon rocking a logo'd shoulder bag, we feel inspired to fish out our original designer purchases from storage. Coach and Dooney & Bourke, here we come! The Kerchief Getty Images We're always up for finding fun ways to wear a scarf, and while tying a bandana like a kerchief may make us feel like an early '00s popstar, it's a brilliant trick for a bad hair day. 18 Different Ideas for How to Tie a Scarf Twisted Halter Tops Getty Images We've said it before but we'll say it again: Christina Aguilera wore the sexiest fashion trends first — especially the twisted halter top, which has become a modern-day favorite for models and influencers. Trucker Hats Getty Images If seeing this hat style brings you back to the days of TRL and boy bands, you're not alone — and, unfortunately, it's not the only old school look Addison Rae wants to see make a comeback. She's also into wearing multiple belts with jeans. Belly Chains Getty Images/Instagram/@bellahadid This accessory will never not be sexy, and if you're willing to follow the advice of Khloe Kardashian, you might actually want to wear two at a time. Bubble Skirts Getty Images We're still unsure who, exactly, this extra puffy, pillow-like skirt flatters, but one thing's for sure: it'll turn heads the moment you walk into a room. Capri Pants Getty Images These bottoms are the natural progression after biker shorts and perfect for in-between temperatures. However, that won't stop the flashbacks to our awkward years, when our hair was full of butterfly clips and we wore bold-colored capris with shiny, sequined shirts. 9 Bike Shorts That Will Take You From SoulCycle to Brunch Random Ties Getty Images Once upon a time, Avril Lavigne convinced thousands of people to style ties with tank tops and T-shirts, rather than knotting them around their collars. These days, celebrities are adding them to every outfit and even wearing them like a scarf. Schoolcore Is the Easy, Preppy Fashion Trend to Wear Right Now Tube Tops Getty Images This top is sexy in a simple way, but slipping into one has us wondering: should we break out a boho skirt or — oof — low-rise jeans to complete the look? Strapless Satin Dresses Getty Images While we may pass on going full Cady Heron at her house party in Mean Girls, we don't mind a sleek and shiny dress. Plus, we're willing to bet plenty of similar '00s prom dresses are available on Etsy or Poshmark. How Stylists and Fashion Editors Find Special Designer Pieces No One Else Has Dresses Over Jeans Getty Images It's a (kinda confusing) fashion trick that allows you to achieve the best of both worlds, and even if it makes you cringe at first, we regret to inform you that this layering technique is celebrity-approved (again). Fishnet Material Getty Images When worn as a naked dress, this trend can be sexy and even work as a swimsuit coverup. But the second someone decides to layer one under a polo or graphic tee before stacking on some bangle bracelets? We're outta here. Halter Tops Getty Images Halter tops were one of Y2K's top shirt styles, and even today, they're sexy and elegant at the same time. We'll keep this one! Cargo Pants Getty Images So. Many. Pockets. And while that detail makes these bottoms a bit bulky, a fitted shirt or bralette will work to balance them out. Plus, the Kim Possible outfit has really made a comeback! Everyone Is Dressing Like Kim Possible Right Now Lace-Up Details Getty Images It's not just lace-up tops that are having a(nother) moment. We've seen these strings on the sides of dresses and included in pants, too. Now, we just have to figure out what to do with that excess string (ex: Vanessa Hudgens's reached all the way down to her thigh). North Face Puffers Getty Images We fully support warm winter puffers, although we're not exactly sure if they're red carpet worthy today. Still, Tara Reid did wear her's in a way many of today's models would approve of, adding black pants with chunky black shoes and completing the look with a logo bag. If You Buy One New Thing This Season, Make It a Pair of Platforms Mid-Section Belts Getty Images Everyone from Michelle Obama to Emily Ratajkowski is a fan of this waist-cinching trick, but before things get too extreme, let's promise to skip the whole belting T-shirts, tank tops, and polos thing. Crochet Clothing Getty Images Crochet was big in the '70s, but the '70s were big in the 2000s. Now that both eras are having a moment, it's the perfect time embrace knit sets, bikini tops, sweaters, and more. Ponchos Getty Images It was the original Snuggie, only it was completely acceptable to wear it in public. On second thought, if the over-the-head '00s poncho is indeed making a comeback, our comfy-cozy selves are 100 percent down to try it. Flip-Flops Getty Images Platform options, ones with heels — we've seen it all over the past few years, and it's proven to be a fun way to add spice to our summer outfits.