2000–09 in fashion
The 2000s fashion are often described as being a "mash-up", where trends saw the fusion of previous styles, global and ethnic clothing (e.g. boho), as well as the fashions of numerous music-based subcultures, with hip-hop fashion generally being the most popular. Several late 1990s fashions remained relevant in the early 2000s among both genders worldwide. Although the 2000s did not have one particular style, they revived clothes primarily from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Globalization also influenced the decade's clothing trends, with the incorporation of Middle Eastern and Asian dress into mainstream European, American and Australasian fashion. Furthermore, eco-friendly and ethical clothing, such as recycled fashions and fake fur, were prominent in the decade.
The leading fashion designers between 2000–2009 included the late Alexander McQueen, Vera Wang, Christian Louboutin, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, and Karl Lagerfeld. The top supermodels of the decade were Kate Moss, Gisele Bündchen, Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Heidi Klum, Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks, Karolína Kurková, Miranda Kerr, Izabel Goulart, Selita Ebanks, Christie Brinkley, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Marisa Miller, Doutzen Kroes, Agyness Deyn, Hilary Rhoda, Raquel Zimmermann, Coco Rocha, Lily Donaldson, Chanel Iman, Sasha Pivovarova, Caroline Trentini, and Jessica Stam.
- 1 Women's fashion
- 1.1 Early 2000s (2000-2003)
- 1.2 Mid 2000s (2004-2006)
- 1.3 Late 2000s (2007-2009)
- 2 Men's fashion
- 3 Youth fashion
- 4 Hair and makeup of the 2000s
- 5 Gallery
- 6 See also
- 7 References
Early 2000s (2000-2003)
Turn of the Millennium
- When the 2000s kicked off, the fashion was profoundly influenced by technology. From late 1999 until late 2001, there was a futuristic approach to fashion, with metallics, shiny blacks, straps, and buckles becoming commonplace. Particular pieces of clothing included concert t-shirts with rhinestones, sparkling shoes, halter tops, sequinned pants (popularized by Peter Morrissey), and embroidered and sequinned tops (inspired by Easton Pearson), along with the famous pearl printed black cocktail dress by Karen Walker, which was successful worldwide. The apparel was made to be as dark, reflective, technological, and as sexy as possible. When the original iPod was introduced in 2001, the earbuds, as well as the gadget itself, became somewhat of an accessory for early adopters.
- In the year 2000, some of the casual women's and girl's fashion trends were oversized sunglasses, aviator sunglasses, oversized hoop earrings, jeans worn for numerous occasions (such as low-rise, boot-cut, fabric accents down the sides, fabric accents sewn into the flares, lace-up sides and tie-dye), wedge flip flops, hot pants, denim jackets, chunky sweaters, pashmina scarves, satin skirts, leather skirts, Heelys, Skechers, belly shirts, and tube tops.
- The year 2000 saw pants that were not as low as the ones introduced in 2001, with a kind of "false" hip hugger introduced. The waist was somewhat high with the belt-loops being wide, giving off the illusion of low-cut pants while covering more of the body.
- In America, many late 1990s fashions remained popular due to the continued influence of teen pop stars such as Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, as well as continuing the military look of before. From 2001 onwards (post 9/11), women wore long-sleeved shirts with bell sleeves, crop tops, burberry, hoodies, flare jeans, hip-huggers, low rise pants, white jeans, cargo pants (especially ones made out of silk, satin, and velvet) hip-hop inspired sweatpants, daisy dukes, solid bright-colored tights. These fashions remained popular well into the late 2000s.
- In the UK, it was popular for women to wear skirts over trousers, floral print shift dresses, and colors like black, purple and pink. Big, chunky shoes and sandals were popular, with thick wedge heels and imitation leather straps decorated with floral embroidery.
First Wave 1980s Revival
- Although the 1980s fashion revival was not in full swing until 2005, the first movement had started in the late 90s and early 2000s. This first wave primarily focused on the early and mid 1980s. Such trends that emerged during this period included denim miniskirts, ripped "distressed" jeans, denim jackets, tracksuits, and preppy polo shirts with popped collars. These remained popular until about 2008 when the bigger resurgence in 1980s fashions occurred.
- Overall, European and American women and girls wore low-top sneakers, such as Skechers, Heelys, Adidas shoes, Reebok shoes, and Nike. Knee-high boots with spiked heels and pointed toes (or conversely, thick heels and round or square toes). Popular accessories of the early 2000s include white belts, aviator sunglasses, trucker hats, hoop earrings, Steve Madden's "Gipper Shoes", leg warmers (worn with mini skirts), ugg boots, flip-flops, jelly shoes, lace-up sandals, ponchos, and jelly bracelets
Mid 2000s (2004-2006)
It Items and 1960s Revival
- It items were very popular in the 2000s, particularly the early and middle years. Examples of some highly sought-after It items of the mid 2000s included Kate Spade wallets, Prada sneakers, Christian Dior saddle bags, designer-brand jeans such as True Religion low-rise boot-cut jeans and 7 for all Mankind skinny jeans, Juicy Couture velour tracksuits, Balenciaga cargo pants, Von Dutch trucker hats, and Takashi Murakami's collaboration with Louis Vuitton for their iconic It bag.
- Introduced in 2005, skinny jeans became popular in 2006.
- Popular mid 2000s trends were lycra yoga wear, knee-high boots with pointed toes, Heelys, platform boots, 1960s style trenchcoats and peacoats, tunics worn with wide or thin belts, capri pants, longer tank tops worn with a main blouse or shirt, ballet flats, 1940s inspired New Look dresses and sandals, leggings, and "vintage clothing" including hippie and Boho inspired dresses with paisley patterns. Crocs were a brief fad for both sexes in the summer of 2006, despite their kitsch connotations, and in 2006 the minidress made a comeback with the hemlines being unusually short.
- Popular accessories included aviator sunglasses, small red glass or pearl drop earrings rather than the large hoop earrings of the early 2000s, shutter shades, crucifixes and rosaries, large silver belt buckles with rhinestones, black nail polish, fairtrade African bangles, Native American beaded jewellery, Indian and Middle Eastern slave bracelets, purity rings, small leather handbags, small scarves, and simple jewellery made from recycled eco friendly materials like hemp, wood, sea shells, glass, seeds, and white metal.
- From 2006 until the end of the decade, more elaborate military inspired clothing became a unisex trend in Britain, with a visibly pirate influence. Due to the popularity of the Pirates of the Caribbean films, and a resurgence of interest in 1980s fashion, teen and college age women frequently wore cavalier boots, Greek fisherman's caps, leather look drainpipe trousers, frilly satin poet shirts, sashes, braided hussar jackets, and dress uniforms with epaulets inspired by female pop stars and MCR's The Black Parade.
Late 2000s (2007-2009)
Second Wave 1980s Revival
- In the late 2000s, many early and mid 2000s fashions continued into the later years of the decade, such as hip-huggers, tank-tops, cropped jackets, ripped jeans, hoodies, capris, and Crocs.
- The canary yellow dress Reese Witherspoon wore to the Golden Globes helped establish that hue as a signature color in 2007. Around this time, it was also popular for women to wear short 1960s style cocktail dresses, especially the LBD.
- In 2008, there was a second wave 1980s revival, which incorporated more general items of late 1980s and early 1990s streetwear, like animal print headbands, denim-print jeggings, knitted sweater dresses, Nike Tempo shorts, wonderbra and sloggi underwear, sundresses, geometric pattern tops, slap bracelets, ballet flats, black spandex leggings, and light, translucent tartan shirts worn with a camisole underneath. Long, baggy empire line shirts were taken in at the bustline and often paired with a belt. Fur coats made a comeback, although many women used "fish fur" due to real fur's association with animal cruelty.
Eastern and Fairtrade Fashion
- Summer 2007 saw a resurgence of interest in ethnic fashion from India and the Middle East, including harem pants, silk sashes, sarongs, gypsy tops, and the saree as young British and American women discovered Bollywood cinema and belly dancing, popularized by Shakira.
- In Britain and Australia, Middle Eastern shemaghs were worn as scarves as a protest against the Iraq War and demonstration of solidarity with the Palestinians.
- In 2007, Che Guevara chic was popular in Europe and Latin America, with olive green fatigue jackets, boonie hats, berets, and T-shirts featuring red stars or the face of the famous revolutionary.
Early 2000s (2000-2003)
Millennial Clubbing Attire
- At the very beginning of the decade, the excitement of entering the new millennium had become evident in fashion in the first couple of years, although this was only prominent in nightclub and "going out" attire. Clothing was mostly made in black, though silver was also fashionable. An example of this would be a camp shirt or a jacket in a fancy metallic pattern for clubbing. It lasted from late 1999 until late 2001.
- After the events of 9/11, fashion became more conservative, forgoing the futuristic styles of before. Distressed denim made a comeback, with sandblasted highlights, ripped jeans, and whiskering becoming commonplace. A lower rise jean had emerged during this part of the decade, effectively getting rid of the high-waisted styles of the 1990s.
- Generally, the early 2000s saw the continuation of the late 1990s fashion of wearing sportswear and military wear as everyday clothes. This included tracksuits, light-colored polo shirts (sometimes striped and with collars popped), white Adidas or Nike trainers, cargo pants (even ones made out of linen during warmer months), khaki chinos, bootcut jeans, corduroy pants, rugby shirts, and baseball caps bearing the logos of football, soccer, basketball, and baseball teams. Practical hiking jackets (of the type made by Berghaus), fleeces, puffer jackets, and padded tartan lumberjack-type shirts were worn as winter outerwear along with brown, grey, burgundy, rust, maroon, or forest green turtleneck sweaters, and odd navy blue, stone grey, beige, or natural linen sportcoats that fastened with three buttons.
- Men's Accessories of the early 2000s included white belts, aviator sunglasses, trucker hats, flip-flops, oxford shoes, argyle socks, sneakers from brands such as Nike, Skechers, Adidas, and Puma, Heelys, and jelly bracelets
Mid 2000s (2004-2006)
- In the mid 2000s, retro fashions inspired by British indie pop, garage rock revivalist groups, and the 1960s mod culture gained mainstream popularity. From 2004 to 2006, common items of clothing in the US and Europe included bootcut jeans with a light wash, wide-leg pants, cargo pants, cargo shorts, camp shirts with elaborate designs, cartoon print hoodies (in contrast to the designer brands worn by the chav subculture), vintage Classic rock T-shirts, throwback uniforms, T-shirts bearing retro pre-1980 advertisements or street art, army surplus dress uniforms, paisley shirts, Mod-style velvet sportcoats, parkas, windbreakers Harris tweed jackets, and fitted 1970s-style Western shirts with pearl snaps (popularised by blues-rock band the White Stripes).
Retro Movie Inspirations
- In 2004, men's fashion was inspired by movies from the 1960s and 1980s. Of particular inspiration were the movies Top Gun, Bullitt, and Midnight Cowboy. The clothes which were derived from these movies included Henley shirts, muscle shirts, hoodies, cargo pants, American football shirts, aviator jackets, cable-knit sweaters, khakis, seersucker suits, western shirts, blazers, and peacoats.
- Popular men's accessories of the mid 2000s included black brogue shoes, square-toed Steve Madden ankle boots, Adidas sneakers, loafers, casual shoes, Oxford dress shoes, Converse All-stars, winklepickers (taken to extremes by individuals within the Mexican cholo and lowrider subcultures), flip-flops, chokers, puka shell necklaces, shell bracelets, hemp jewelry, charity bracelets, trucker hats, and earrings.
- In the UK workplace, black, navy blue or pinstripe three-buttoned office suits remained common, but Nehru suits or mandarin collar shirts inspired by the Beatles, James Bond, and science fiction movies like the Matrix, were a popular alternative from 2003–2006. In the US, men favored the smart casual look, with striped purple dress shirts, flat front charcoal chinos, beige cardigans, Argyll pullovers, black or brown leather blazers, and houndstooth sportcoats.
Late 2000s (2007-2009)
- Many early and mid 2000s fashions continued late into the decade, such as tracksuits, boot-cut jeans, puffy jackets, muscle shirts, cargo shorts, vintage T-shirts, low-top sneakers, and flip-flops.
- In the late 2000s, 1950s and 1980s fashions became popular: Letterman jackets, black leather jackets like the Perfecto, windbreakers, dashiki or Hawaiian shirts, ski jackets, slim and straight leg jeans, wool topcoats, Ed Hardy T-shirts with low necklines, neon colors inspired by rave music, roll sleeve tartan flannel shirts worn with white T-shirts, cardigans and knitted V-neck sweaters.
- In the late 2000s, common accessories worn by men included retro Patek Philippe, Casio G-Shock and Rolex wristwatches, Ray Ban Wayfarers and Aviator sunglasses, and geek chic inspired horn rimmed glasses. Desirable footwear in Europe and America included Sperry Top-Siders, Keds, motorcycle boots, Nike Air Jordans, checkerboard pattern Vans, and Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars.
- Due to the mainstream acceptance of body modification, T shirts, baseball caps and hoodies featuring vintage tattoo designs were desirable items in the US, Britain and India, where they were worn with black leather jackets, gold chains, and dark slim-fit jeans. V neck Ed Hardy T-shirts, often embellished with rhinestones, were fashionable from 2008 until the mid-2010s, when they fell out of favour due to their unintended popularity among young clubgoers stereotyped for being thugs, jocks or guidos.
- In the European workplace, the cut of suits changed, as the three buttoned jackets popular in the 1990s were replaced with suits comprising a two-buttoned blazer and matching trousers while in the US the power suit made a comeback. Single-breasted European suits sometimes featured contrasting Edwardian style piping on the lapels and were often worn with slim ties and waistcoats.
Youth fashion was strongly influenced by many music-based subcultures such as Emo, Indie kids, scene kids, Psychobilly, Preppy, Skater, Goth, Nu-Metal (known as Moshers in the UK), ravers and Hip-Hop, including the British chav, US gangsta rapper and Mexican Cholo styles of the early 2000s.
- The clothing of American hip-hop fans underwent an evolution from the sagging baggy gangster jeans of the late 1990s to a more retro look by the end of the decade. Popular items of clothing included wide leg jeans, baseball jackets, Nike Air Jordans, tracksuits, sweatpants, bucket hats, stunna shades, fur-lined puffer jackets, and flat-brim trucker hats or baseball caps (often retaining the store label).
- During the early 2000s, many wealthy white jocks and preppies imitated the gangsta lifestyle, eschewing the semi-formal conservative look of the 1980s and 90s in favor of gold bling, expensive designer clothes, sneakers, dark jeans, and sweatpants.
- Another common American subculture were the cholos and chicanos who wore baggy khaki slacks, gold chains, white T-shirts, and slicked back hair or shaved heads in imitation of Mexican prison gangs.
Chavs and Moshers
- In the early 2000s, the most common British subcultures were the chavs and skate punks who had a (sometimes violent) rivalry. Chavs favored hip-hop fashions like tracksuits, burberry baseball caps, white trainers, and cheap sportswear. Common haircuts included spiky hair, a fauxhawk, a heavily gelled quiff, or (for girls) a Croydon facelift.
- The skaters (nicknamed grebos or moshers) had long hair or dreadlocks and wore grunge inspired padded flannel overshirts and baggy pants as these were less likely to rip when skateboarding. Popular clothing included No Fear T-shirts, webbing belts, army surplus patrol caps, camouflage cargo pants, carpenter jeans, tuques, and fingerless gloves in dark colors like black, olive drab, burgundy, and navy blue.
Nu-Metal, Rave and Goth
- In America, common subcultures of the early 2000s included the nu-metal fans and goths who wore black leather duster coats and tripp pants. Their rivals were the jocks and preppies: wealthy teenagers who wore expensive designer clothes by Hollister, Old Navy, Abercrombie and Fitch, and American Eagle.
- From the mid-2000s onwards, ravers favored spiky hair and phat pants, while members of the cybergoth and rivethead subcultures opted for shaved heads, synthetic neon dreadlocks, camouflage, tight leather pants, chains, platform boots, stretched body piercings, sleeve tattoos, goggles, corsets, PVC or leather skirts, and black trenchcoats decorated with metal studs.
Psychobilly and Rockabilly
- From the early-mid-2000s, black leather jackets, cowboy boots and Levi's jeans were popular in Scandinavia, Russia and Germany among the hot rod, psychobilly and rockabilly subcultures. Common hairstyles included the quiff, pompadour, and psychobilly mohican.
- Later in the decade, it was popular for women to dress like 1950s pin-up girls in polkadot dresses, pencil skirts, sheath dresses, capri pants, platform heels, 1940s style sandals, retro lingerie like garter belts, stockings, babydolls, petticoats, slips, and corsets, and (real or fake) old school tattoos. This trend, popularised by models like Dita Von Teese, gave rise to the popularity among both sexes of Ed Hardy clothing which lasted from 2008 until 2012.
Indie and Emo
- In 2005 Indie-pop fashions went mainstream in Europe and North America, prompting a revival of 1960s Mod and British Invasion fashions, vintage or thrift store clothing, and the popularization of activist fashions like the keffiyeh. Other subcultures, including American preppies and even rappers like Kanye West, imitated indie fashions or combined them with elements of Japanese street style, like the Harajuku and Lolita fashion popularized by Gwen Stefani.
- The other notable youth group of the mid-2000s were the emo kids, identifiable by their black or purple hoodies, T-shirts featuring bands like My Chemical Romance or Taking Back Sunday, lowrise skinny jeans, snakebites, silver jewellery, and checkerboard pattern Vans. Hair was thin, flat and straight, with long, matte bangs (US) or fringe (UK), usually dyed black.
- By 2008, the most conspicuous subculture was the "scene kids." They originated in Britain during the late-1990s when some members of the chav subculture began to experiment with alternative fashion, incorporated elements of indie pop, emo, rave music, and Japanese glam rock style, and spread to America and Australia in the mid-2000s. The style, originally comprising tripp pants, stripes, tartan, spiky hair, Chucks, Vans, and trucker hats derived from grunge and skate punk fashion, evolved to incorporate androgynous, matted, flat and straight hair sometimes dyed bright colors, tight jeans, cartoon print hoodies, shutter shades, promise rings, checked shirts, and lots of bright colors. The name was originally derived from "scene queen", a derogatory term within the 1970s glam rock scene for a heterosexual musician who pretended to be gay and later applied to poseurs within the UK goth, heavy metal and punk subcultures. Later, "scene queen" itself was adopted by leading female members of the modern subculture who were unaware of its original meaning, like supermodel Audrey Kitching.
Hair and makeup of the 2000s
In the early 2000s, women's hair was long and straight. From 1995 until 2007 it was fashionable for women to have dyed highlights and lowlights with red, blonde or light brown streaks, reaching its peak in the early 2000s. During this time, bold, unblended highlights called "chunky highlights" burst onto the scene. This trend was started by Kelly Clarkson in 2002 during her time on American Idol. They lasted from 2002 to 2006. The trend for highlighted hair became so popular that men actually adopted the look.
Another popular look throughout the decade was the braid, rejuvenated by the likes of Alicia Keys and Lauren Conrad. Throughout the decade braids and plaits would often be meticulously put in intricate patterns and would purposely be styled as a way to blend in better with the boho look.
By 2005 it became unfashionable to center-part one's hair, and the side-swept look of the 1980s made a comeback. In the late 2000s, dark haired women (and even light-haired ones) favored the jet black hair, as worn by Katy Perry or Amy Winehouse with her trademark beehive hairstyle. Textured hair with volume, natural wavy hair, the bob cut, and side-swept bangs become popular from 2007 onwards in both Britain and the USA.
For black women, cornrows, dreadlocks and curly weaves were popular until the late 2000s, when tamed-down versions of the Afro, Jheri curl and short pixie cuts were popularized by artists like Janet Jackson and Rihanna.
For men aged 25–40, shorter hair styles that usually took the form of a quiff were fashionable in the early 2000s, as well as spiked hair for men aged 25–30. In the first half of the 2000s, the metrosexual look was very popular among young American men, with hairstyles such as the fauxhawk. A clean-shaven face was heavily favored during this time, and can contribute to making an adult man look underage, which may be the reason why the look was so commonplace. Another common haircut among American men and boys was the spiky hair with frosted tips, popularized by boybands and pop punk bands from 1997 to 2006 until it went out of style in the late 2000s.
Dark-haired American men often had dyed-blonde weaves and streaks until the late 2000s where dark natural hair became the norm again. In America, the fauxhawk, Buzzcut, and spiked hair were popular among young men aged 18–25 emulating their favorite hardcore punk bands.
In the UK, long, shaggy Mod or surfer hair and Bed head became popular among many young men between 2003–2006 as many bands moved away from punk rock and rap metal in favor of a 1960s inspired indie or garage rock sound pioneered by groups like The Strokes, Jet, The Killers, The Hives, The Vines, Coldplay, and The White Stripes.
By the late 2000s, many young British men opted for a clean-cut 1950s inspired hairstyle, kept in place with pomade. Shaved and bald hairstyles along with beards, moustaches, stubble, sideburns, and the goatee became popular in Europe and North America in reaction to the effeminate early 2000s metrosexual look, with charitable events like Movember further increasing their acceptability.
For teenagers, short haircuts like spiky hair, dyed hair, the buzzcut and Caesar cut were popular in the early 2000s. Girls favored straight hair extensions, chunky highlights, large hoop earrings and fake tan makeup.
In the mid 2000s, longer hair on teenage boys became popular in the UK and America, including the wings haircut inspired by surfers, the 1960s Mod subculture, and British indie pop stars. Many girls favored straight or wavy hair in natural brown, often tied into a ponytail and incorporating long bangs or a fringe.
In the late 2000s, the androgynous Harajuku inspired scene hairstyles (often dyed bright colors) and eyeliner were popular among girls and boys alike: first in Japan, and later in the US and Europe. As an alternative to the scene hairstyles, many teenage girls in the US and Australasia opted for a preppy hairstyle that involved long, straight hair, side-swept bangs and a side part, while boys wore side-swept surfer hair.
Tattoos and Piercings
The 2000s continued the trend of tattoos and piercings among both genders which had begun in the 1990s. Commonplace tattoos in the early 2000s included tramp stamps, tribal arm tattoos, and more. In the early 2000s, navel piercings reached their peak, as did tongue rings. Other popular piercings throughout the decade include nostril piercings, labret piercings, nipple piercings, and eyebrow piercings. Piercings in general continued to be popular in the mid 2000s until they began their decline from 2007 onwards.
A selection of images related to the period.
thumb|right|150px|German woman wearing jean shorts, popular from 2001-2008.
The flared jeans of the late 1990s remained fashionable throughout the early and mid 2000s.
Trucker hats became popular in the early-mid-2000s
Swedish Raggare, 2005
Japanese girls wearing Lolita dresses, mid-2000s
Slim-fit tweed jackets have gained in popularity since early 2006.
Paisley handbag associated with the boho-chic look
Slim-fitting plaid Western shirt gained popularity in the UK from 2008 onwards.
German Mosher, the more punk-like incarnation of scene, early-mid 2000s
Chinese pop singer wearing vintage military jacket, 2007
In late 2008, especially in Italy, the denim waistcoat was a popular feminine fashion accessory.
Chinese skaters, 2007
Ecuadorian emo kids from the late 2000s
Italian girl in 2008 wearing skinny jeans, which had gone mainstream by 2006, and remain popular as of the mid 2010s.
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