How to wear noughties trends if you were there the first time round

If you were born any time before 1995, you might feel a little shocked at the current noughties trends that Gen-Z seem to love so much. It was a time full of belt-length skirts, low-slung jeans, midriff-baring velour tracksuits, tiny baguette handbags, cargo pants, baker boy hats and lots of denim.

If that sentence just made you break out in hives, then you lived through the noughties and all the questionable fashion choices we made in that time. It might feel way too soon for it all to have come back around already (and yes, it is), but nevertheless high street stores like H&M and ZARA are chock-full of nods to the style-averse decade.

It can make high street shopping feel quite alienating, as if there’s nothing for us ‘older folk’ who were there the first time round and the ideas of sporting butterfly clips again doesn’t quite feel like an appropriate choice.

However, YOU’s fashion junior Jessica Carroll shows us five ways that we can get in on the current noughties trends (also known as Y2K), from baguette bags and double denim to friendship jewellery (remember those?), thong sandals and tiny sunglasses. Read on to find out how…

Baguette bags

Calvin Klein handbag

Shoulder bag, £55, Calvin Klein

Reiss white vest top

Vest top, £30, Reiss

cos trousers

Trousers, £79, Cos

dune heeled sandals

Mule heels, £85, Dune

Tilly chain bracelet

Bracelet, £80, Tilly Sveaas

Double denim

Levi jeans

Jeans, £100, Levis

denim patchwork handbag

Patchwork tote bag, £55, & Other Stories

white t-shirt

T-shirt, £27, Colorful Standard

super dry white trainers

Shoes, £54.99, Superdry

Mejuri gold hoops

Croissant hoop earrings, £88, Mejuri

Friendship jewellery

bimba y Lola necklace

Bracelet, £55, Bimba y Lola

white shirt

White shirt, £95, With Nothing Underneath

cos black jeans

Barrel leg jeans, £69, Cos

black scrunchie

Scrunchie, £8.50, Arket

mule heels

Mule heels, £25, Monki

Thong sandals

thong sandals

Thong sandal heels, £85, & Other Stories

black slip dress

Slip dress, £22.99, ZARA

black blazer

Black blazer, £40, Monki

roop bag

Bag, £48, Roop


Charm necklace, £75, Daphine at Selfridges

Tiny sunglasses

Le Specs sunglasses

Tortoiseshell sunglasses, £50, Le Specs at Matches Fashion

cardigan and vest top set

Cardigan and top set, £38.99 (was £65), Abercrombie

Boden denim skirt

Ecru skirt, £59.50 (was £85), Boden

heeled mules

Mule heels, £46, Next

pull & bear handbag

Brown bag, £59.99, Pull & Bear

Orelia gold ring

Gold ring, £20, Orelia