Remember your favorite outfit from high school? Whether it was that matching velour track suit, or the Ugg boots that cost more than your car payment, the first 10 years of the new millennium gave us trends to talk about.
Brittany Jepsen, fashionista and assistant manager of Vanity at the Kearney Hilltop Mall offers her take on the style of the decade so far. “I think the 2000s have been a kind of mishmash of trends from past decades. We just made them our own.”
This was certainly the case early in the decade when preppy and urban styles joined the gradually fading 90s grunge look. Comfort was key as hoodies and tracksuits enjoyed massive popularity from 2000 to 2003.
The still popular skinny jean emerged around 2004, and Jepsen was one of the first to embrace the trend. “I love skinny jeans because they give me so many options. I can dress them up with heels or dress them down with flats or boots. They’re pretty much perfect for any occasion.”
Another trend still going strong is the Sherpa boot. The original Ugg brand, which came onto the scene early in the decade isn’t the only option anymore as these styles are still being seen and sold everywhere.
The flowy, carefree Bohemian, or Boho style first gained popularity around 2005. Lauren Davis, a junior education major from Minden was a big fan of this relaxed trend. “It's comfortable, easy and stylish, what’s not to love?”
The mid-decade saw the emergence of another favorite trend: leggings, reinvented from the 80's versions and often worn with ballet flats, which gained widespread fame around the same time.
Animal prints were everywhere in 2008 especially zebra patterns adorning everything from bags to belts. And according to Davis, they won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. In 2009, scarves weren’t just for bundling up, but rather an ultra trendy accessory for any outfit.
So what’s hot in 2010? Casual country chic looks in fresh colors are expected to steal the spotlight come spring. Davis expects the laid-back look to be popular and Jepsen agrees. “I think the ‘Dixie Chick’ look is low maintenance and easy to layer or mix and match. “I’m really excited about all our new merchandise, and it’s already flying off the shelves,” Jepsen said.