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If there’s one thing that sparks joy during the holiday season, it’s nostalgic gifts, whether in the form of merch for a favorite film, fashion channeling a childhood horse obsession, or television-inspired accessories that will help relive your teenage years. And while we’ve spent plenty of time remembering and honoring the heyday of the ’90s, it’s time a new decade enters the spotlight: Y2K, also known as the year 2000 or the millennium.
The early aughts brought us a lot of great things: MySpace, the entwining of musical genres pop punk and emo, as well as a lot of candy-colored, metallic, crystal-embellished FASHUN. So what better way to impress the ultimate Y2K fan over the holidays than with a stylish throwback gift? Luckily, plenty of retailers and fashion brands are tapping into the 2000s aesthetic, complete with tinted gradient sunglasses, holographic accessories, and, yes, even pleated denim mini skirts.
Check out the rest of our favorite nostalgia-friendly picks, below.
Baby Phat, Max Velour Sweatshirt, $150, available at Baby Phat.
Baby Phat’s comeback wouldn’t be complete without a velour tracksuit, and neither would a Y2K stan’s wardrobe.
Le Specs, Skyline Sunglasses, $89, available at Shopbop.
Before the tiny sunglasses trend of the 2010s, there was the colored lenses trend of the 2000s, with sunglasses preferably in a cool gradient hue.
ASOS DESIGN, Choker Necklace With Butterfly Pendants In Gold Tone, $8, available at ASOS.
The carefree butterfly isn’t just for emojis. It makes for a great accessory, too.
Kith Women, Amber Jogger, $225, available at Kith.
These pants would’ve probably ended up in plenty of pop and hip-hop music videos nearly two decades ago. Dua Lipa should snatch them up for her next Future Nostalgia phase.
Buffalo, Chunky Platform Sneakers, $180, available at Farfetch.
Put on these club-ready platform sneakers and blast Backstreet Boys’ Millennium album.
O Mighty, Cami Cop Top In Camo With Butterfly Print, $48, available at ASOS.
Camo print, a butterfly, and funky florals on a spaghetti tank? That’s 2000s all wrapped up into one.
B-Low The Belt, Gissel Layered Chain Belt, $158, available at Intermix.
Taylor Swift channeled early-aughts Lizzie McGuire in her 2019 Billboard Women In Music red carpet look, complete with a gold chain belt just like this one.
Dolls Kill, BB Crush On Me Velvet Top, $32, available at Dolls Kill.
We can picture any 00s-era rom-com actress wearing this crushed velvet pink top with a tie at the front.
Medusa’s Heirlooms, Paris Nights Claw, $28, available at Free People.
Y2K boasted every hair accessory across the board: barrettes, clips, and this French Twist-ready claw.
Lioness, The Glow Up Pink Mini Skirt, $48, available at Dolls Kill.
If we could describe the early 2000s as a color, it would be metallic pastel.
I.AM.GIA, Brandy Pants, $120, available at Shopbop.
Australian brand I.AM.GIA is known for channeling this particular decade throughout its designs, and these pants would’ve been a mainstay among celebrity tabloids and paparazzi pics.
ASOS DESIGN, Curve Super Fluffy Crop Sweater $42, available at ASOS.
Throw us in a time capsule filled with fuzzy colorful knits.
MM6 Maison Margiela, Ball Bearing Earrings, $151 (was $215), available at Farfetch.
Ball chains were rampant among jewelry collections through the 2000s. We like this lighter take from Maison Margiela as a pair of mismatched earrings.
LPA, Ari Top, $168, available at Revolve.
This cute top is an updated riff on the ruffled details that defined the millennium’s style.
O’Dolly Dearest, Denim Diva Skirt, $45, available at O’Dolly Dearest.
Are pleated denim skirts bound for a revival? Probably. Better stock up now.
Steve Madden, Melrose White, $82.95, available at Steve Madden.
The thong heel is as divisive as Crocs and dad sneakers. That’s why we love them.
PLT, Tarria Silver Sequin Chain Choker Mini Dress, $28 (was $70), available at Pretty Little Thing.
Live your best “Paris Hilton on her 21st birthday” life (in 2002, to be exact) in this very similar silver halter dress.
Tommy Jeans, Logo Tape Holographic Backpack, $99.50, available at Nordstrom.
Any type of holographic and iridescent fashion item pays homage to Y2K, a period when the internet and social media were just beginning to take over, er, our lives.
Replay Vintage, Dulce Rhinestone Sunglasses, $20, available at Urban Outfitters.
Because one option of tinted gradient sunglasses isn’t enough. Opt for a pair that’s a true nod to the 2000s, with a cute crystal embellishment.
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