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The Y2K Takeover

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In the ever-evolving fashion trend media, the early 2000s, also known as the Y2K era, is making a triumphant return. So, what’s fueling this nostalgic embrace of low-rise jeans, bedazzled everything and the techno-futuristic vibes?

The Y2K era is a fusion of maximalism and futurism, a stark difference from the subdued tones of recent fashion, a.k.a. the basics era. It was a time when metallics and unconventional silhouettes reigned supreme. The revival of Y2K fashion seems to be a rebellion against the minimalist aesthetic, pushing a vibrancy and audacity into the current fashion narrative.

Furthermore, fashion’s cyclical nature is at play. Trends resurface every few decades, with designers drawing inspiration from the past to create something modern. In the 2020s, it’s only fitting that the Y2K aesthetic is making a reappearance. It’s essentially a visual reminder that in fashion, what goes around comes back around.

However, as a result of the combination of social media and fast fashion, Y2K fashion isn’t the only trend coming back. Whether it’s 1970s flared trousers, 80s power suits or the Y2K revival, social media switches sides and runs in circles when deciding what the best aesthetic is making the trend cycle move faster and faster. Partially due to consumerism and overconsumption, fashion fanatics obsess over every micro trend. But, by the time most people buy the item, social media has moved on to the next best thing.

So, thanks to social media’s rapid-fire trends, just when you finally snag that must-have Y2K piece, you blink, and suddenly, the fashion world has moved on to the “game changer”. Next time you’re eyeing a trending item, step back, slow down and ask yourself, if it goes out of fashion, would you really wear it?

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Junior Sara Rohatgi is a staff member on Panorama. This is her first year on staff. In her downtime, Sara hones her detective skills by trying to figure out who keeps stealing her socks in the laundry—a mystery that remains unsolved despite her best investigative efforts.
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