Watch out Y2K: 2000’s fashion is in debate | Arts & Entertainment

Haplessly scrolling through your Instagram search page one lazy Sunday, you come across a set

Haplessly scrolling through your Instagram search page one lazy Sunday, you come across a set of photos that stop you in your tracks. It is a train wreck from start to finish, but you can’t look away.

One bad photo after another, you cringe with each swipe. It is not gory special effects makeup, or Dr. Pimple Popper videos – you are looking at nothing of the sort. What you do happen to be looking at is a series of Ashley Tisdale red carpet photos from the early 2000s.

The popular teen actress who frequented Disney Channel up until 2011 has shirts layered over shirts, Uggs with knee high socks, low-rise bootcut jeans with flashy belts, and scarves that look like they were taken from the box of old Halloween costumes your mother keeps in the basement. Initially, you are appalled.

But we are not here to hate on the fashion of the early 2000s. It takes guts to put a knee- length dress over light-washed denim jeans, paired with a knitted cap and a certain sense of humor.

These days, everywhere one looks they can be reminded of the era of flip-phones and Paris Hilton’s reign over pop culture. The ever-present Y2K tags on the popular resale app, Depop, the model off-duty pics of Bella Hadid and Hailey Baldwin in their graphic baby tees, and the runways of couture brands such as Blumarine and Meryll Rogge whole-heartedly embracing the comeback we never knew we needed remind us that sometimes the past is better in the present.

Although the public is generally split on the idea of Y2K fashion returning – usually a split that can be defined as a fight between Millenials and Gen Z — in a time that is becoming increasingly more serious, why would you hate something that has the ability to be so fun, so whimsical, and so camp?

While a popular argument made among those who do not want to see the return of low-rise jeans and the matching tracksuit is that the fashion of the early 2000s was never for all body types, we must think of this resurgence of old trends differently.

Y2K fashion is not for one type of person. To have joy in your outfit you must have pride in how you present yourself in the world.

Y2K is loud. It takes up space, demanding the viewer to look, and then look again. All bodies were made for low-rise jeans, if we believe that all bodies were made for low-rise jeans.

Our culture is shifting in a way that accepts people’s bodies for what they are, not what they could be, and this time around the Y2K trend can embrace it. Y2K fashion is about trying, failing, and occasionally, on a good day, succeeding. Without failure, there is no success. To make an incredible outfit, you must create a few bad (or awful) ones. It is boisterous, goofy and demands attention.

We have lost the joys of dressing up, when more was, well, more. History repeats itself. Fortunately for us, and for the sake of our humor, fashion does as well.