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6 'Ugly' 2000s Fashion Trends Making A Comeback

From trucker hats to layered vests.

6 'Ugly' 2000s Fashion Trends Making A Comeback This Summer
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The 2000s were chock full of cringe-worthy trends that you never thought would re-surface. And like every era in fashion, they’re now enjoying another trip around the sun. Which ‘ugly’ 2000s fashion trends are back, you ask? Think trucker hats, thong sandals, and shiny pants á la Britney Spears, Beyoncé, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, and Paris Hilton.

It’s like de ja vu seeing some of the 2000s trends back in the style lexicon that fashion enthusiasts once declared were polarizing. But the modern iteration of these trends are embracing the ‘ugly’ aesthetic. Consider the sweater vests that it-girls like Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid have been sporting. Take a look at a pair of shiny pants loved by Lizzo. Or spend some time eyeing the clogs that look so effortlessly cool on Chloë Sevigny.

As much as you thought you would never say it, it’s time to give these controversial looks another try. Ahead, find the top 6 ‘ugly’ fashion trends from the 2000s that are back with aplomb. And follow the below tips to style them the 2021 way.

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1

Clogs

Maxine Platform Clog in Chestnut
Loeffler Randall

Clogs are one of the most-talked about trends of the 2000s that’s coming back for another trip around the sun. This season, they’ve clawed their way back into the minds of design houses like Hermès and Celine, to name a few, and are styled with everything from flare jeans to silk midi skirts.

2

Bandanas

Arizona Love Bob Bandana Bucket Hat
ARIZONA LOVE

Bandanas might have originated with the cowboys, but they came in all shapes and forms throughout the 2000s decade. 2000s got inventive — and polarizing — with the trend, using them for everything from belts to bag accessories. Try it this season with patchwork hats, flat sandals, and more.

3

Shiny Pants

Wilde Pants. Purple
ROTATE

Turn those heads with a little bit of shine by way of one of the most standard pieces of clothing that you own: Your trousers. While many go full-blown early-aughts and reach for a mirrored metallic, while others simply opt for a deep black patent leather that boasts a subtle sheen.

4

Layered Vests

Cashmere Mix Vest in Tiger's Eye
Ganni

Channel a bit of Annie Hall with the preppy trend that the 2000s took and ran with. This time, consider a slightly more cropped vest that you throw on over an oversized button-down, either half-tucked or flying free like a tailored tunic for breezy days or air-conditioned outings.

5

Thong Sandals

The Row Constance Thong Sandals
THE ROW

The minimalist footwear trend is back from the early aughts. A variation on the casual flat sandal, the thong sandals that have come back today are slightly cleaner, chicer, and elevated, often boasting a small kitten heel or ankle-lace design.

6

Trucker Hats

Barbour International Heli Trucker Barbour Baseball Cap
BARBOUR INTERNATIONAL

The Von Dutch trend is back, borrowing from the boys in an affordable manner that is both sporty as well as grungy, adding a bit of a who gives a s*** attitude to your every look. While celebrities like Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie loved to style theirs with denim minis and Juicy Couture sweatsuits back in the day, you might instead choose to pair yours with a classic pair of jeans and no-nonsense white T-shirt today.