Top 25 early 2000s fashion trends for men that are seeing a comeback

Top 25 early 2000s fashion trends for men that are seeing a comeback

Clothing, footwear, lifestyle, accessories, makeup, hairstyle, and body posture are components of fashion. Fashion is a form of self-expression for many people. Interestingly, fashion trends keep recurring. Many aspects of early 2000s fashion for men are making a comeback, and it is time to keep up with the latest trends.

Early 2000s fashion for men
Early 2000s fashion for men. Photo: @13vintage, @378_thrift, @sharpeye.london (modified by author)
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Celebrities, cinema, innovations, climate, creative explorations, designs, political, economic, social, and technological factors affect fashion trends. Fashion trends tend to cycle through different decades. Currently, aspects of early 2000s fashion for men are coming back.

Early 2000s fashion for men: trends making a comeback

The year 2000 was 23 years ago! Can you believe it? The fashion then is slowly coming back. If you have wondered how to dress like the 2000s boys, we have you covered.

1. Platform shoes

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Early 2000s fashion for men. Photo: @13vintage, @shoesplatform (modified by author)
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Platform shoes are a type of shoe with a thick sole, normally measuring between one and four inches. The thick sole allows you to feel more comfortable.

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It also offers more balance and support as you walk. If you have been wondering what to wear to a 2000s party, these shoes will make a great statement piece.

2. Oversized tees

From the beginning of the '90s, well into the 2000s, hip-hop fashion was largely defined by oversized tees and long silhouettes.

Did you know the idea of baggy clothes in hip-hop is said to have originated from Black gang members in California after doing time in jail? Oversized or baggy tees are all the rage right now for men.

3. Low-waist/ sagged bottoms

2000 to 2010 fashion trends
2000 to 2010 fashion trends. Photo: pexels.com, @Cottonbro Studio
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Did you know low-waist bottoms are also called rap pants? These pants sit low on, or below, the hips. They were among the top 2000 to 2010 fashion trends for men.

Two decades later, they are back with a bang! Many men sag their pants to become fashionable.

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4. Large sunglasses

what to wear to a 2000s party
What to wear to a 2000s party. Photo: pexels.com, @Ahmed
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Have you been searching for 2000s outfit ideas for your next party? Consider accessorising with large sunglasses.

Rectangle sunglasses were extremely popular during that era. They were often worn in bold colours with thick frames or rimless frames with rhinestone detailing.

5. Trucker hats

2000 to 2010 fashion trends
2000 to 2010 fashion trends. Photo: @truckerhat_th, @circus_industries (modified by author)
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Trucker hats are also known as mesh or netback caps. If you are looking for clothing items that are part of the casual early 2000s fashion for men, consider them.

Mesh caps have a wide, flat bill and a high and rounded crown. They have a mesh panel at the back for ventilation.

6. Skinny scarves

Scarves are functional accessories for every season. They are also a fun fashion statement. Wearing a scarf in the simplest of ways is enough to show off the beauty of the print and the luxuriousness of the fabric. All fashionable men should incorporate skinny, narrow, or thin scarves into their outfits.

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7. Statement belts

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Early 2000s fashion for men. Photo: pexels.com, @Ivan Samkov
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A statement belt gives the oomph factor to any outfit you put on, no matter how simple it is. More men are rocking belts with big buckles that scream the 2000s. Remember, your statement belt should also be functional!

8. Chunky bling

What is early 2000s fashion?
What is early 2000s fashion? Photo: pexels.com, @Frank K
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Throughout the ages and in various cultures, men have worn jewellery for ornamentation and as an external display of power and status. Chunky bling is associated with wealth and being rebels. It was particularly won by rappers and is making a comeback in 2023.

9. Tracksuits

Early 2000s fashion for men
Early 2000s fashion for men. Photo: pexels.com, @Jeremy Hann
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Tracksuits are made of material that allows air to flow freely around the skin. They are comfy, easy to style, and you can wear them all day long. Full tracksuits are the modern way to look stylish and sporty.

10. White vests

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2000 to 2010 fashion trends. Photo: pexels.com, @ShotPot
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A white vest shows that you have your priorities straight, as it emphasises comfort. Usually, inner vests are men's undergarments worn under a shirt. Even so, men are rocking white vests to casual events, especially when it is hot and sunny.

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11. Leather jackets

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What to wear to a 2000s party. Photo: pexels.com, @Abhinav Kumar Sharma
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Leather jackets are a symbol of counterculture and resistance. They are ideal for casual and formal wear because they provide a beautiful and functional solution for all weather. Leather jackets remain a staple in design and can add polish to any ensemble.

12. Embellished jeans

Embellished jeans are, without a doubt, cool. If you want to give your clothes an edgy and blingy look, have your favourite denim embellished. A little bling never harmed anyone, plus the embellishments attract attention and draw other people’s eyes. This early 2000s jeans fashion for men has made a big comeback.

13. Cargo pants

what to wear to a 2000s party
What to wear to a 2000s party. Photo: @378_thrift (modified by author)
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Cargo pants are loose-fitting, casual cotton trousers with large patch pockets halfway down each leg. You should own at least a pair of cargo pants because they are comfortable, fashionable, easy to clean, and ideal for casual settings.

14. Graphic tees

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Graphic tees are short-sleeve shirts that prominently feature a designed element, like a logo or a print. They are popular choices for brand merchandise because they display an image associated with the group or fashion brand.

15. Turtlenecks

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Early 2000s fashion for men. Photo: @turtlenecks_ke (modified by author)
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Turtlenecks for men have been a staple attire for ages but have earned a spot in the fashion world recently. Today, people use turtlenecks as business attire. They give men cool dude vibes.

16. Bow ties

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What to wear to a 2000s party. Photo: pexels.com, @Kampus Production
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Bow ties are a simple way to show independence while staying within the limitations of work or formal outfits. They can elevate your style to make life a celebration. Bow ties are back and will make you look dapper.

17. Sweatbands

Sweatbands are made of a towel-like material. These are usually used to wipe sweat from the forehead during sports but have been known to be used as a badge or fashion statement.

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18. Hair highlights/ dye

Many men dyed their hair in the 2000s. Some did streaky hair highlights, while others dyed sections of their heads. This trend has come back. There are a ton of dye colours to choose from in 2023.

19. Big-face digital watches

In today's luxury watch market, big and bold is increasingly considered the rule, not the exception. Besides telling you the time, big-face digital watches have health and fitness features.

20. Popped collar polos

Men’s polo shirts have been a staple in fashion for decades because they are stylish, comfortable, versatile, and easy to care for. In the 2000s, men often popped the collars, and this trend has come back in 2023.

21. Knit cardigans

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Early 2000s fashion for men. Photo: @annie8381teagownsandtextiles, @wb_knits (modified by author)
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Knit cardigans are commonly called grandpa sweaters. They are back in style for men of all ages. They soften suits up a little. They also add a bit of visual interest and a layer of warmth.

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22. Denim on denim

How to dress like the 2000s boys
How to dress like the 2000s boys. Photo: pexels.com, @Fernando Pires
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Denim on denim is a tried-and-true outfit formula. Keep the look casual with a white tee and sneakers. Usually, light denim on top of darker denim works best. However, you can style it the best way you feel like.

23. Baker boy caps

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2000 to 2010 fashion trends. Photo: @sharpeye.london (modified by author)
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Did you know Baker boy caps are also known as spitfire or newsboys? Today, the baker boy cap is a quirky accessory for men of all ages, mostly because of its distinct peaked front and squared design.

24. Throwback jerseys

Throwback jerseys are sports jerseys that replicate the jerseys a team or player from the past wore. People love throwback jerseys because they remind them of the golden age of their favourite time and team.

25. Bucket hats

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Casual early 2000s fashion for men. Photo: pexels.com, @Cottonbro Studio
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It was in the 2000s that bucket hats became a mainstream fashion statement. They reached the noughties peak when the hat was featured on Jay-Z’s Big Pimpin’ video. The bucket hat is a popular headwear of choice among rappers and many young men in 2023.

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What is early 2000s fashion?

Early 2000s fashion refers to the fashion trends observed when the new millennium started. The 2000s fashion was a global mash-up that blended vintage styles with global and ethnic clothing.

What did men wear in the early 2000s?

Many men wore leather jackets, statement dress shirts, and chunky shoes in the early 2000s. Casual clothing and leisurewear were the most fashionable.

What accessories did men wear in the 2000s?

Dad hats, wayfarers or aviators, motorcycle boots, chunky watches, bling, converse, large tinted sunglasses, thin scarves, chunky shoes, and sneakers were the commonly worn accessories in the 2000s.

Fashion trend-watchers are always looking into the next hottest trend. Anyone who pays attention knows the latest styles are pulled from decades ago. Elements from the early 2000s fashion for men have made a comeback in 2023.

Legit.ng recently published a list of native gowns for ladies in Nigeria. One cannot talk about Nigerian fashion without mentioning the elegant and colourful ladies' native styles.

Native gowns for ladies in Nigeria are known for their unique designs and styles, ranging from simple yet stylish to intricate and exquisite. These gowns reflect Nigeria's rich culture and heritage.

Source: Legit.ng

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Mercy Mbuthia (Lifestyle writer) Mercy Mbuthia is a content writer with five years of experience writing on various topics, including biographies, entertainment, and lifestyle. She joined the Legit team in 2019. Mercy earned a Master of Science (Food, Nutrition & Dietetics) from Dedan Kimathi University in 2022. Her articles have appeared on several media sites such as The Health Channel, The Nation, Tekrati, ValiantCEO and Celebrity Leader. In 2023, Mercy finished the AFP course on Digital Investigation Techniques. Email: mercymmbuthia18@gmail.com

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Cyprine Apindi (Lifestyle writer) Cyprine Apindi is a content creator and educator with over six years of experience. She holds a Diploma in Mass Communication and a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Kenyatta University. Cyprine joined Briefly.co.za in mid-2021, covering multiple topics, including finance, entertainment, sports, and lifestyle. In 2023, she finished the AFP course on Digital Investigation Techniques. She received the 2023 Writer of the Year Award. In 2024, she completed the Google News Initiative course. Email: cyprineapindi@gmail.com

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