Your Complete Guide to Dressing Like It's 2003 (In a Good Way) This Summer

Whether you're spotting it on celebrity Instagram feeds or Fashion Month runways2000s fashion is without a doubt taking over the 2022 zeitgeist. And with summer approaching—a season that practically promotes wearing nothing but Y2K-inspired micro miniskirts, scarf tops, and tube dresses—the era's influence on modern-day fashion isn't going away anytime soon. 

To help keep you on top of arguably the biggest macro trend of the summer and importantly, also avoid going too far into the early aughts (the 2000s weren't without fashion faux pas, after all), we went ahead and found 11 outfits for summer that toe the line between 2003 and 2022 (in a good way). Keep on scrolling to check out our 2000s meets 2022 dressing guide for summer.



Though you can't exactly say that pairing a white tank top with jeans is a "2000s fashion trend," takes on the combo from that era absolutely have noticeable differences from those from other decades. For instance, the jeans back in the aughts (and now) were always low-rise and usually somewhat baggy, while the tanks were either super long (dated) or slightly cropped (fresh).  

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Our suggestion? Don't stop at buying just one of these.

These may have sold out at Nordstrom, but they're very much still available at Reformation.

A timeless style that just happens to very much fit into the Y2K aesthetic.

Scarves worn as tops are Y2K dressing 101, which is why they're seeing such an uptick in popularity in the 2020s. Paired most often with baggy jeans or denim shorts in the summer, the versatile top style is as easy as fold-and-tie. Nothing more nothing less. Throw on some hoops, cat-eye sunglasses, and a retro shoulder bag and you have yourself a 2000s outfit that's just as appropriate for today. 

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This beauty can be worn in countless ways. 

These are the kinds of jeans you can wear 24/7. 

This bag was literally first designed in 2005. 



From the baby graphic tee to the baggy parachute pants, this look is 2000s fashion at its core. The tiny, sporty sunglasses and colorful Nikes are just an added bonus. 

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I bet you could find a party photo of a celebrity wearing a tee just like this in 2003. 

I swear that everyone on my Instagram feed is wearing these right now. 

The perfect walking-around shoes for summer. 

Despite what many photos would have you believe, 2000s fashion wasn't all about bright colors, chaotic layering, and shimmery fabrics. Rather, there was an entirely different side to the era's aesthetic that was much darker, grungier, and made almost entirely of leather. 

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Is there anything more 2003 than a spaghetti-strap camisole and drawstring pants? Let us know if you can think of anything. Throw in a choker, tiny sunglasses, and a hobo-style shoulder bag and you could almost believe this outfit was actually worn in the early aughts rather than 2022. 

If you want to dress like people did in the 2000s, just wear a cropped cami. It'll do the trick. 

Back when it actually was 2003, I wore pants like this constantly. 

And of course you need the matching sporty sunglasses. 

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Going out in the 2000s consistently included micro minidresses—from halter styles to cutout alternatives—though the most popular of all the going-out dresses from the time were tube dresses, preferably those in bright shades and spotted with vibrant patterns. Just catch up on old episodes of The Simple Life for proof. 

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Come on, we're all buying this dress.

BY FAR has all the best '00s accessories. 

FYI, 2000s dressing is all about putting together items that at first glance you maybe wouldn't style together, but once you do, you fall in love with the combination. Such is how we grew to adore this combo of a tube top, a knee-length skirt, and knee-high boots. Add in the iconic Balenciaga Cagole shoulder bag and poof, you've traveled back in time—at least sartorially, that is. 

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Tube tops and '00s fashion go hand in hand. 

Bikinis were much more than just a beachwear staple in the aughts. Instead, they were worn for all occasions, making logos and other patterned styles essential for any 2000s-inspired wardrobe this summer. 

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Did we just find the only bikini you need for your next summer vacation? Yes, we absolutely did. 

But did you see this equally perfect matching skirt? *Adds to cart.* 



Thanks to Ashton Kutcher, Paris Hilton, and Nicole Richie, trucker hats are the unofficial accessory of the early aughts, with all three wearing iterations of the cap style—often from Von Dutch—to after-parties and red carpets alike. Now all that's left to do is throw in some baggy jeans and a cutout top.

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The only dress style rivaling tube dresses from the early aughts are asymmetrical dresses, whether they are one-shouldered or feature an uneven hemline. It's hard to know what about the style made them so popular at the time (and now), but something about the lopsided silhouette made them rule throughout the decade. 

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For an effortless though notably Y2K-inspired everyday look, you can't go wrong with a micro miniskirt and a one-shoulder top, two pieces that were as prevalent on the red-carpet scene in the aughts as Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, and Christina Milian. 

Leave it to Jacquemus to make one-shoulder tops even cooler. 

If you're shopping for a micro miniskirt and you aren't buying this one, you should be. 

This bag is a near-perfect match for the above Jacquemus top. You're welcome.