April 2020: How the 2000s are the New 1990s

Chase Congleton (Copy Editor)



Learn about returning trends and how to prepare for them.


The cycle of nostalgia repeats trends every couple of decades, especially trends that were seen as dead before.

It’s pretty much a given that the previous decade was known for its nostalgic tribute to the 1990s. A few television shows such as “Full House” and “Boy Meets World” saw reboots with “Fuller House” and “Girl Meets World,” respectively.

Pop songs such as “The Way” by Ariana Grande feat. Mac Miller, “One Kiss” by Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa and “Finesse” by Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B emulate musical elements that were component to the 90s.

With the turn of the new decade, it is inevitable that the 2000s trends will start coming back in style. In fact, the evidence is clearly apparent through the current television show reboots that are currently in development.

The 2000s shows such as “Will & Grace,” “Gilmore Girls” and “Veronica Mars” have experienced new seasons or reunions. “That’s So Raven” experienced a recent spinoff series on Disney Channel called “Raven’s Home.” A reboot of the popular show “Lizzie McGuire” is also currently in development for a release on Disney Plus.

Streaming services such as Netflix and Disney Plus helped introduce television shows and movies to a whole new generation of viewers. The current trend of reboots derives from the viewer’s demand when watching older shows. It is entirely likely that another show such as “The Office” or “Scrubs” will have a reunion special of some sort.

Trends in music come and go much faster than that of film and television shows. But, the influence of the 2000s can clearly be seen in some portions of today’s culture.

For instance, the new song by SZA and Justin Timberlake called “The Other Side” follows a similar funk groove that made Timberlake’s earlier work such as “Rock Your Body” so popular.

The singer JoJo, who is known for her hits “Leave (Get Out)” and “Too Little Too Late,” is releasing an album later this year. Judging from the singles “Sabotage” and “Joanna,” JoJo appears to be experimenting with a 2000s R&B and soulful sound with her music.

Even Lady Gaga seems to be taking her style and dynamic back to the late 2000s, as her new song and video for “Stupid Love” clearly takes influence from the singer’s earlier work.

The trends that move the fastest and that have the most impact for a decade are, without a doubt, fashion trends. Once looked at with intense disdain and scrutiny, 2000s fashion is slowly creeping its way back into society for the 2020s.

Clothing items such as tube tops and over-sized hoop earrings have already experienced a comeback of their own. But, that isn’t all that will be popular.

With how popular Billie Eilish and her style is, boot-cut style jeans and baggier street clothes will experience a rise in popularity sometime this decade.

The latter portion of the 2010s became dominated by athleisure, which is wearing workout clothes in other settings such as school or the workplace. Athleisure has made its way to mainstream media these past years and will continue to do so in the early parts of the 2020s.

Even internet meme culture is seeing a wave of 2000s nostalgia for video games, as memes about Wii Sports, Animal Crossing and the Gameboy Advance have all come into fruition. Those who grew up playing those games are now old enough to create content that can be shared across the internet.

The 2000s is a sacred decade that has experienced a negative view from its, at times, appalling fashion and music trends. However, the best parts of the decade will be seen in a new light. Put on your Abercrombie & Fitch jean jacket, play your Linkin Park CD and watch a season of “That ‘70s Show” to prepare yourself.

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