Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

Lindsey Lanquist
Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019
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The 2000s look better now than they did when we were living them. Seriously, my memories of the aughts involve embellished thongs peaking out from low-rise jeans, satin slip silhouettes that highlighted even the subtlest of food babies, and chainmail—all kinds of chainmail. But 2000s clothes have seen something of a resurrection in recent years—first, with tiny sunglasses making a serious comeback in 2018, and now, with everything from velour tracksuits and name-embellished jewelry, to colorful metallic barrettes and strappy flatform sandals re-entering the sartorial scene.

2018 was characterized by a veritable blend of retro resurrections. The ’90s have been cool for years now—dad sneakers, mom jeans and boyfriend sweatshirts, included—and the ’80s saw a brief revival in 2018. Shoulder pads didn’t see the light of day, necessarily, but boxy cuts, all-over sequins, slouchy boots and puffy sleeves definitely did. Pieces from the ’60s and ’70s have been floating around the zeitgeist since festival culture became mainstream (so, like, a decade ago). And even 1920s details, like fringe, began seeping into retailers’ day-to-day collections.

But even in this melting pot of eras, we managed to stave off the aughts. Because the aughts were cringe-worthy. The aughts were regrettable. The aughts weren’t worth resurrecting. Tiny sunglasses were the first crack in this fashion fortress—one that paved the way for the rest of 2000s fashion to come flooding back to us.

And now it has. But it isn’t as bad as we thought it would be, because several classic aughts pieces have gotten seriously contemporary upgrades—and even those that haven’t can be looked upon as delightfully tacky, or delightfully ironic, or just plain delightful. The 2000s were a strange time for fashion, but now that we’re nine years removed, we can pull stealth MVPs from this abject mess of 2000s clothes and render them chicer than they’ve ever seemed before. (And even if you’re not on board with that, you have to admit—the fodder for Halloween costumes is basically endless.)

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

1. Rainbow Bandeau Top, $6 at Topshop

Pair this rainbow tube top with your favorite ’90s mom jeans for a low-key, night-out look that’ll carry you through spring and summer.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

2. March On Camo Joggers, $20 at Topshop

Camo started trickling into retailers toward the end of last year—so really, it’s no surprise it’s in the mainstream, now.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

3. Baby Girl Earrings, $6 at Nasty Gal

The quintessential 2000s statement earring.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

4. Shanghai Mini Bag, $38 at Topshop

Literally owned one of these in middle school—but hey, maybe it’ll look cuter paired with the rest of my adult wardrobe.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

5. Motel Venchy Cutout Bodycon Dress, $66 at Urban Outfitters

Not a piece of aughts clothing I plan on reintegrating, but hey—can’t deny how iconic it is.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

6. Claire Lace-Up Platform Sandal, $49 at Urban Outfitters

Another favorite of middle schoolers in the 2000s—that might actually look cool on you as an adult.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

7. Square Wrap Sunglasses, $19 at ASOS

Tiny sunglasses aren’t going anywhere. And they’re really just getting more aughts-y.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

8. Tiny Crystal Butterfly Ring, $8 at ASOS

You know it’s legit when butterfly jewelry is making a comeback.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

9. Lace Shrunken T-Shirt, $26 at Topshop

Honestly, glad to see these fun AF textured tops getting the attention they deserve.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

10. Glamorous Metallic Snake Shopper, $42 at ASOS

A slightly understated take on your go-to 2000s tote.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

11. Ryder Mesh Mule Sandal, $80 at Topshop

Bring on the mesh.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

12. Wyn Washed Tie-Dye One-Shoulder Cropped Top, $29 at Urban Outfitters

If the tie-dye top isn’t enough for you, be sure to snack the matching joggers.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

13. Black Satin Jamie Flare Jeans, $45 at Topshop

High-waters are back, baby.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

14. Quay Australia Small Oval Sunglasses, $39 at ASOS

These sunnies might not protect your eyes, but they’ll make it clear you’re committed to 2000s style.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

15. Amanda Mesh Mule Sandal, $39 at Urban Outfitters

Honestly, the aughts party shoe selection is pretty off-the-hook.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

16. Hardware Design Hiking Clasp Earrings, $13 at ASOS

The contemporary take on those paper clip earrings you used to fashion in class.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

17. Want Up for Grabs Patent Crossbody Bag, $20 at Nasty Gal

Another purse I literally owned as a middle schooler. My younger, aspiring fashion girl self has never felt so validated.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

18. Mesh Off with Mesh Glitter Crop Top, $15 at Nasty Gal

Lettuce-edge hems are officially everywhere.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

19. Hyphen Tubular Block-Heel Sandals, $56 at ASOS

Snakeskin slip-ons with wacky heels? Toto, we’re definitely not in 2019 anymore.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

20. Geneva Ruched Empire Waist Midi Dress, $29 at Urban Outfitters

Such a classic 2000s silhouette.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

21. Snap Clips (Pack of 6), $9.50 at ASOS

OK, barrettes are super cute. Not mad to see these making a comeback.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

22. Strappy Heeled Sandals, $80 at Topshop

More strappy party shoes, because the aughts were full of ’em.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

23. Project Social T Cross-Front Tank Top, $34 at Urban Outfitters

For the gal who cant decide whether she wants a strapless top, a halter top or a cami.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

24. Missguided Chain Mail Ring Handle Bag, $34 at ASOS

Told you chain mail was on the menu.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

25. Crystal Clear Slim Cat-Eye Sunglasses, $10 at Nasty Gal

The most Barbie-worthy sunnies you’ll lay eyes on all year.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

26. Curve L’Amore Chain Waist and Hip Belt, $23 at ASOS

Remember chain belts? Thought so.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

27. Darla Strap Mules, $48 at Topshop

Because nothing says “aughts” like colorful snakeskin.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

28. Abstract Funnel-Neck Top, $35 at Topshop

I don’t even know what this print is, but I know what era it’s from.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

29. Blue Life Shipwrecked Strapless One-Piece Swimsuit, $202 at Urban Outfitters

Even swimwear is getting the 2000s treatment.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

30. AJ Morgan Slim Oval Sunglasses, $29 at ASOS

Yup, tiny sunglasses literally just got weirder.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

31. Want You Asked Fur It Faux Fur Bag, $15 at Nasty Gal

Why reserve faux fur for jackets when you could put in on your purse, instead?

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

32. Roux x Strap Mules, $68 at Topshop

More saturated slip-ons. Because they’re the move.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

33. Baby Slim Joggers, $35 at Topshop

Half of a velour sweatsuit.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

34. Vanessa Mooney The Romance Earring, $132 at Urban Outfitters

Told my boyfriend these retro AF earrings were the only form of heart-shaped jewelry I’d accept.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

35. Simmi London Sammy Rhinestone Clear Wedge, $60 at ASOS

Cinderella’s glass slipper—if CInderella were made in 2000.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

36. Faux Fur Zip Hoodie, $30 at Topshop

There is no end to what you can put faux fur on, as far as the aughts are concerned.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

37. Halter Neck Handkerchief Top, $29 at Urban Outfitters

Practically begging to be paired with low-rise jeans (but let’s stop before bringing those back, OK?).

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

38. Barely There Block Heel Sandals, $48 at ASOS

Because iridescent anything is a good idea.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

39. Taz DMNT Frame Pouch, $48 at Topshop

Life isn’t complete without at least one delightfully tacky, rhinestone-covered bag—right?

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

40. Orelia Gold-Plated Star Hoop Earrings, $29 at ASOS

One benefit of the aughts resurrection: Hoops are available in more forms and fashions than ever before.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

41. Out from Under Markie Seamless Cropped Cami, $18 at Urban Outfitters

Let’s be real—we could all stand to benefit from integrating a few more camis into our wardrobes.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

42. See Ahead Round Sunglasses, $15 at Nasty Gal

These sunglasses come with clip-on black lenses—I’m not even kidding.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

43. Mixed Link Chain Anklets (Pack of 3), $13 at ASOS

Remember anklets? Yeah, they’re back.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

44. New Look ’90s Flatform Sandal, $42 at ASOS

Quite possibly the comfiest going-out shoe on the market right now.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

45. Reclaimed Vintage Clear Bucket Hat, $23 at ASOS

Come on, you knew bucket hats weren’t going anywhere.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

46. Chrissy Square-Toe Heel, $39 at Urban Outfitters

Keep the kitten heels coming.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

47. You’ve Got Chainmail Cowl Dress, $50 at Nasty Gal

If it’s good enough for Paris Hilton, it’s good enough for you.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

48. Truly Madly Deeply Butterfly Cropped Tank Top, $29 at Urban Outfitters

One relic from elementary school that might not actually be chic-able. But give it your best shot.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

49. Revival Feather Mules, $81 at Topshop

Need more of these fluffy feathers in my life, TBH.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

50. Padlock Hoop and Chain Drop Earrings (Pack of 2), $9.50 at ASOS

Don’t these instantly transport you back to puberty?

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

51. Reclaimed Vintage Iridescent Metallic Clutch, $30 at ASOS

A clutch that’s undeniably party-worthy.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

52. Stud Clear Belt, $12 at Nasty Gal

Studded clear shit is officially back on the sartorial menu.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

53. Tie-Dye T-Shirt, $35 at Topshop

A take on spring’s tie-dye trend that feels distinctly 2000s-y (and not as DIY ’90s).

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

54. Liars & Lovers Gold Baby Pendant Necklace, $16 at ASOS

Because life is better when it’s full of nameplate necklaces.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

55. Dita Strap Sandals, $55 at Topshop

Silver snakeskin—need I really say more?

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

56. Ribbed Ruffle-Trim Cardigan, $59 at Urban Outfitters

A 2000s outerwear favorite you can now wear as a straight-up top.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

57. Fluro Bucket Hat, $19 at ASOS

Not sure what that logo is, but I know it feels 2000s as hell.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

58. Knot a Lot to Ask Strappy Tie Sandals, $30 at Nasty Gal

I told you the party shoe selection was lit.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

59. Monarch Butterfly Lettuce-Edge Baby Tee, $34 at Urban Outfitters

Again, would’ve suggested leaving these lettuce-trim tees in the past, but they’re back—whether we like it or not.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

60. Perfection Pearl Flip Clip, $10 at Urban Outfitters

Fully embracing our collective obsession with hair accessories.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

61. Katie Slingback Heel, $49 at Urban Outfitters

Not even kidding—buying these and wearing them to every wedding on my radar this year.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

62. Caught My Attention Leopard Earrings, $8 at Nasty Gal

Because it wouldn’t be a 2000s fashion roundup without at least one hot pink animal print.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

63. Sacred Hawk Mixed Snake Print Bag, $60 at ASOS

Snakeskin has seen some seriously 2019 iterations—and it’s also seen some early aughts ones, too.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

64. So I See Frameless Tinted Sunglasses, $9 at Nasty Gal

Bella Hadid’s been sporting sunnies like these since last summer. It was only a matter of time until they trickled down to us, too.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

65. Tie-Dye Waffle Top, $38 at Topshop

More veritably 2000s tie-dye.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

66. Satine Square-Toe Sandals, $60 at Topshop

Proof pastel leathers and iridescent plastics are far from mutually exclusive—at least, as far as the aughts are concerned.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

67. Ella Woven Bucket Hat, $24 at Urban Outfitters

The bucket hat movement is officially in full force.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

68. Trella Metallic Snake Flatforms, $48 at ASOS

A going-out shoe for the aughts-loving maximalist.

STYLECASTER | Early Aughts Clothes to Shop, Because 2000 Is the New 2019

69. Pink Wrap Half-Frame Visor Sunglasses, $19 at ASOS

Visor sunglasses never felt particularly trendy in the 2000s, but they were definitely around then—and they’re definitely trendy now.

 

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