Fashion is cyclical. Looks that are on-trend today might be considered a faux pas tomorrow. Then in five years’ time, they might come back in fashion as if they never left. But every now and then, a trend is so popular that it lasts longer than a season. Sometimes a look can stick around over years and maybe even decades.
Some of the classic looks from the 1990s disappeared after the turn of the millennium. Others carried on into the 2000s, only dying down after 2010. And some have been there ever since, dictating our fashion choices for better or for worse. Keep reading to find out which fashion trends from the ‘90s carried on into the 2000s. It’s time to take a trip down memory lane!
20 Glitzy Belts With Bling
The glitzy belt is one trend that did not die with the 1990s. Now branded belts are starting to make a comeback, but belts with lots of bling carried on from the late ‘90s into the early 2000s. Add the high-waisted baggy jeans and black sweater, and this is classic ‘90s!
19 Halter-Neck Tops
Lasting throughout the 1990s and the 2000s was the halter top. Even today, you can still catch the odd celebrity wearing some version of a halter neck. But tops in this style were all the rage back in the day when Britney Spears was up and coming and low-rise jeans were in.
18 Glasses With Colorful Lenses
You can still get glasses with colorful lenses today, but they are nowhere near as popular as they were 20 years ago. In the late 1990s and the early ‘00s, colorful lenses like these were totally in. They were the ultimate way for celebrities to let the world know they were cool.
17 Half-Up Half-Down Ponytails
Ponytails that are half-up and half-down are back in, having gone through something of a renaissance in 2018. But they were also on-trend back in the 1990s and the early 2000s, though the specific style has changed over the years. Now, you’re much more likely to see them with a braid!
16 Checked Skirts (And Sometimes Suits)
You don’t see checkered skirts as often as you used to, but this is one trend that definitely lasted beyond the year 2000. Back in the 1990s, the coolest outfit ever was the full checked suit, just like we saw in Clueless. But the skirts alone lasted well into the 2000s.
The choker was huge in the 1990s and died out a little after the early 2000s, but never went away completely. Today, it’s back in fashion, with trend-setters like the Kardashians and the Hadids sporting them. Somehow, we think this trend will never quite disappear completely. Are we complaining? Absolutely not!
14 Tie-Dye Everything
Bet you never thought you’d spot Beyoncé in tie-dye! She is wearing it in this picture with Destiny’s Child because it used to be a thing. Go tie-dye or go home, ‘90s kids. This trend carried on into the early 2000s and still rears its head every now and then.
13 Square-Toe Sandals
Don’t you love it when a ‘90s trend comes back in?! Square-toe sandals that we used to see all the time on Sex and the City haven’t been on-trend for years, though they were super popular throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s. Now they’re back and we couldn’t be happier!
12 Low-Rise Jeans
As we mentioned, low-rise jeans were one of the top fashion trends of the late 1990s and early 2000s. It may come as a shock to learn that they’re actually predicted to make a comeback, so we may be seeing a lot more styles like this in the years (or months!) to come.
11 Wearing Leggings As Pants
It’s easy to see why the leggings-as-pants trend never died out completely after its moment of stardom in the 1990s. Leggings are just more comfortable than pants. There, we said it! Rachel and Monica were definitely onto something. The actual prints on the leggings may have changed over the years, but we think this trend is here to stay.
10 Oversized Denim Jackets
Oversized denim jackets are just so practical. Not sure if it’s hot or cold outside? Bring an ODJ. Need to complement your outfit? Wear an ODJ. Everybody could do with one of these in their closet, so it’s easy to see why this trend has lasted well beyond the end of the 1990s.
9 Bucket Hats
Now, here’s one trend that we’re not really sure about. It’s clear that the bucket hat look lived on beyond 1999 and into the early 2000s, but we were kind of hoping that was it. Recently, Justin Bieber rocked a bucket hat, leaving everyone to wonder whether this is another trend that’s coming back in.
8 Platform Slip-Ons (And Other Platforms)
It doesn’t get much more 1990s than platforms. But platform slip-ons (and other platforms) definitely weren’t limited to the 1990s. They’ve been around for a while in various forms, sometimes rising in popularity and sometimes fading away again. But to be sure, we haven’t seen platforms this high since the 1990s.
7 Combat And Army Trousers
Combat and army trousers were one of the biggest trends around the late 1990s and early 2000s. But by the 2010s, this look died out a little. Something tells us that we might see it again one day, but it’s hard to imagine seeing a combat-trousers appearance at Fashion Week in the near future.
6 Denim Shorts (And Denim Skirts)
Some looks are so practical and adored that they never really go out of style. Though they might experience dips and peaks of popularity, they’re ultimately resistant to volatile trends. That’s the case with denim shorts and denim skirts. Popular in the 1990s, the early 2000s, and still popular now.
5 Print Dresses And Suits
How we love early Destiny’s Child pictures! Prints were in during the 1990s and early 2000s— especially animal prints! Red carpets were full of celebrities wearing animal print dresses and suits at one point. Animal print is another look that will never truly go away, but it certainly goes through more popular periods.
4 Fanny Packs Worn Around The Waist
Yikes! Who would have thought that the fanny pack would come back one day? This trend lasted beyond the 1990s into the very early 2000s, but then we thought it died for good. Not so, judging by the trend-setters of today and the tiny packs they wear around their waists!
3 Cropped Cardigans
Cropped cardigans went through a super popular stage around the turn of the millennium. We saw celebrities wearing them in the late 1990s, and we saw Carrie Bradshaw wearing them on SATC in the early 2000s, which means they were on the to-wear list. It seems like this look is well and truly gone for now.
2 Wearing Uggs In Public
In 2000, Oprah Winfrey said that Ugg Boots were one of her favorite things. They were the shoe to have around that time, and you’d often see celebrities wearing them out in public (to prestigious events!). This is another look that seems to have disappeared. And may we say, thank goodness!
1 Slinky Tube Tops
You can still find tube tops here and there in 2019, but you’d be hard-pressed to find the kind of top that Carrie is wearing here. Around 2002, though, these were on the "hot" list, having carried on from the 1990s. Those of us who tire of constantly pulling our tops up rejoice that this trend is out for now.
Sources: The Cut, E! News, Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan