Insight into Fast Fashion – the rise of Y2k fashion

Image credit: University of Fashion

Walking around in the hallways of the school you begin to notice a couple fashion trends going around. For example, the much more feminine style that is popular is baggy high-waisted jeans, simplistic crop tops, and baggy grey zip-up hoodies. This comes from a fashion style that became originally popular in the late 90s and early 00s. This trend has been labelled as “y2k” which comes from a large dilemma right before the year 2000, when everyone was deeply afraid that all clocks would reset on January 1, 2000 at 12:00, and this would shut off all the computers. But this has since passed, and this has not been true. Some more examples of this fashion trend are low-rise flared jeans, cargo pants, and minimalist outfits. This is also very evident in the makeup that can be seen worn by many girls. This can be seen by lots of highlighter near the eyes, blush on the nose and cheeks, and very glossy lips.

This trend can also be seen in its masculine forms. You may have seen guys with low baggy pants, either jeans or cargo. Large baggy tee-shirts are also extremely popular within this demographic. This fashion sense also leans towards the more “grunge” size of fashion.

What this all goes to show is that no matter what, fashion trends will almost always come back in style. We can see this in 2010s trends coming back into style, which is where the baggy grey zip-up hoodie is from. But these trends haven’t and won’t stay around for long.

This new rise of fast fashion means that trends will continue to fade in and out of style. This is awful for the environment because this means that many, many clothes get thrown out once a trend passes.

Which means that you should hold on to all of your clothes! It is guaranteed to fall out of style and fashion, but that doesn’t mean they won’t come back. Make sure that when you purchase clothes during a trend that they are not under the influence of fast fashion. This can be seen when online shopping that clothes have suspiciously low prices.  Make sure when you go to stores like Zara and H&M that the clothes don’t feel like they will fall apart after a few washes. Of course, if you accidentally fall under the hands of the large corporate entities and accidentally purchase a piece of fast fashion, you are not entirely to blame. Just make sure to keep on the lookout while you are shopping, and ask yourself if you plan on wearing this more than a few times.

By Scarlett Bennett (y9)

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