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By now you probably know that fashion is cyclical. While some trends are generally being reintroduced into the zeitgeist, others are more divisive — and there’s nothing that can divide a space faster than an early fashion mainstay like low-rise jeans or bubble skirts. Still, brands aren’t just releasing the exact same styles you wore in middle school. Instead, the 2022 versions of these ’90s and ’00s fashion trends are less spasmodic and, well, chicer. (Think less about Christina Aguilera and more about Aaliyah or Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.)
The right low-waist pants feel sophisticated instead of sloppy when they’re well tailored and styled with something structured like a poplin button-down. Bubblegum pink doesn’t have to be an intimidating or youthful color when done with confidence. And yes — it’s possible to wear lip gloss without feeling like a middle school student. Eight fashion trends from the 90s and 2000s are making a comeback in 2022.
Low rise everything
If you’ve gotten into the fashion world over the past few months, you saw this one coming: Low-rise everything is back. Get on trend with sophisticated pants or a ’90s-inspired silk midi skirt, or opt for a pair of low-rise cargo pants to tick two boxes for early childhood bingo.
BDG Y2K Low Rise Cargo Pants, $69
& Other Stories Wide Crease Pants, $149
Anthropologie low-rise wide-leg pants, $148
Pop singers seemed to be taking over the belly chain market in 2002, but the accessory has had an updated resurgence — and a bit of a rebrand. I like to wear mine with a swimsuit, as seen here, but you can also wear it with a crop top and a silk skirt.
Ettika chain belt, $70
Fleur du Mal Pearl Body Chain, $395
Luv AJ – The Daisy Charm Belly Chain, $110
I’m a minimalist who only wears neutral colors so this isn’t my favorite – but pink will be everywhere this year.
Camila Coelho Aline Top, $78
Victor Glemaud Piqué Slip Dress, $375
Aritzia Cozy Fleece Boyfriend 5-Inch Sweat Shorts, $40
Sky-high platforms, flatforms and clogs are back in all their ankle-busting glory. (If you’re a tripper, this trend isn’t for you.) Pair it with extra-long jeans or a mini skirt.
Larroude miso platform sandal, $285
Marge Sherwood 70’s clogs, $349
Mango Cross Strap Sandals, $79.99
Pleated mini skirts
Speaking of miniskirts, you can thank Miuccia Prada, the founder and creative director of Prada and Miu Miu, for bringing this trend back. While Miu Miu’s iteration was a low-rise, high-hemline style that’s definitely not office-ready, you can still jump on the trend with a little less controversy. Team it with a distressed cropped sweater for a true ’90s look, or with a blazer or denim jacket for a look you can wear to brunch and Work.
Los Angeles Apparel tennis skirt, $56
TNA Tennis Mini Skirt, $68
Los Angeles Apparel Ponte A-Line Skort, $52
If over-plucking brows feels like too permanent a trend to try, jump into a more fleeting ’00s trend: glossy lip gloss. While you can opt for MAC Lip Glass or Lancôme’s Juicy Tube for a true retro feel, the modern lip gloss iterations are less sticky and more moisturizing, so you won’t spend all morning pulling your hair off your lips. (Here I applied Tower 28 over one of my favorite matte lipsticks for a wet effect.)
Lancôme Juicy Tubes Original Lip Gloss, $20
Tower 28 Beauty ShineOn Jelly Lip Gloss, $15
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer, $20
Logomania has made a steady impression for years, but all-over printing has taken a dip during the pandemic. Now that the world has opened up and we’re making plans again, it’s time to show off all those logo bags you’ve stocked up on in 2019. If you’re late to the game, don’t worry: the trend’s less flashy cousin will be here for a while.
Balmain logo swimsuit, $328
Calvin Klein Monogram Logo Crew Sock, $10
Marc Jacobs MJ Graphic Thin Webbing, $75
You either love them or you don’t – but they’re definitely back. While Kangol was the bucket hat of choice in the early years, nowadays you can find everything from denim to crochet.
It’s Cool Now – The Bucket Hat, $46
Plenty Studio One Love Bucket Hat, $65
TNA logo bucket hat, $25
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