Early 2000s Summer Style Inspiration

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When it comes to the “ugliest” decades for style, the 2000s are at the top of my list. Looking back at the low-rise jeans, rhinestones, and other fashion atrocities I can’t help but cringe. And then I realized I was a hypocrite. I took a long, hard look at my Pinterest boards as of late and it hit me: all of my style inspiration at the moment is a throwback to Y2K.

The 2000s may have been a weird time for fashion, but it was bright, colorful, and quirky—just what we need as we head into summer. The world in general could use a little more brightness. So, if fashion is one way to achieve that, I’m going to embrace it!

When it comes to this outfit, there’s definitely a bit of a Mean Girls vibe. And you know what? I LOVE it! If I’m not looking like Regina George or Gretchen Wieners I’m doing it wrong! Go back and watch the movie (or any 2000s classic) and you’ll see a ton of school girl inspired skirts.

What I love about these shorts is that they combine the pleats and the plaid print that’s reminiscent of Y2K, but still completely modern! To keep the outfit looking fresh and not like I’m dressing in character, I threw on a basic white top and sneakers. And let’s talk about this top for a minute. It’s from one of my favorite brands and such great quality. I’ve already gotten so much use out of it; a closet staple for sure.

2000s Inspired Trends

While plaid and pleats are an obvious choice, let’s chat about other 2000s inspired trends:

  • Cardigans: Another preppy school girl looks, cardigans are having a moment right now. Whether long sleeved or short sleeved, you can’t go wrong! Opt for a cropped fit to really nail the trend.
  • Halter tops: It took me a second to fully get on board with this. And while I’m still somewhat hesitant, I’ve seen a ton of cute halter tops and can’t wait to wear them for summer! I think the key is to opt for a v-neck or scoop neck style vs. a high neck.
  • Flip-flops: From heeled flip-flops to the traditional sandal, they’re going to be an it-shoe this summer. To avoid looking clunky, go for a thin, sleek pair in a neutral color.
  • Dad jeans: I think it’s safe to say skinny jeans are a thing of the past. While straight leg jeans have been taking their place, dad jeans are quietly taking center stage. I’m talking about looser-fitting, baggy jeans that go all the way down. And yes, a lot of them are low-rise (although I’m still not ready for that, personally).

What do you think of this trend? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!



P.S. That large mark on my leg is a HUGE bruise from dropping a lounge chair on myself…

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Top: Reformation // Shorts: Nasty Gal // Sneakers: Frye // Sunglasses: Amazon // Bracelets: both Kendra Scott—one, two // Bag: Vintage, similar here // Lipstick: Josie Maran

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