What a (tasteless) time to be alive

Something strange happened to the world in the early 2000’s, maybe it was the economy, the rise of the almighty Internet, or the turn of the century, but people started to lose their sense of style and taste. I was very young at that time, but I remember older girls from my town wearing crop tops and jeans so low cut, that you could actually see the wearer’s natural hair color. Not a pleasant memory, don’t you think so?

For the past year and a half we’ve been witnessing the reincarnation of those terrible fashion choices, and wondering what did we do to replay the time of tracksuits and heels all over again?

  • Camouflage

Beyonce back in the days vs. Rihanna now

  • Choker necklaces

Vanessa Paradis in the height of her carrer and Daphne Groeneveld, one of the most successful models now.

  • Denim on Denim

Who could forget the iconic Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake matching outfit moment at the AMAs in 2001. I guess that’s where Jenifer Lopez got her inspiration this summer.

  • Monogram Fashion

On the left is Paris Hilton in 2003 and her famous Murakami designed Louis Vuitton bag, that was copied all over the world, and on the right is Riri, also rocking a Louis, just last summer.

  • Logo T-Shirts

Halle Berry in her It-girl days wearing Von Dutch, and some fashion blogger wearing the Celine Paris T-shirt that was all over my Instagram feed last year.

  • Tracksuits and heels

Mariah Carey couldn’t pull this look off in the early 2000’s, so why does Bella Hadid’s stylist thinks that she can? I’m sorry, but it just doesn’t work.

  • Fishnet tights

The “Genie In A Bottle” singer Christina Aguilera was an avid admirer of the salami trend, and so is Kendall Jenner today. The fishnet tights trace their roots at the beginning of the 20th century, and are often worn by performers on stage to make the legs look more defined and sexy.

Fashion is a circle, trends come, stay for a limited amount of time, and go, but are never forgotten. We decide whether they stay or not. It’s up to us to decide what we want our closet to look like, with which clothes and accessories we will play. It’s our job, the consumers’ job, to buy the trends we like and look good on us. Whatever we do, whatever we wear, we must wear it with pride and confidence. But looking at today’s street style bloggers and fashion influencers, I have only one question in my mind “Where did true elegance go?”

Yours fashionably,

Mademoiselle Matea

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