how to succeed in the fashion trend of the 2000s

It’s been almost two decades since Avril Lavigne released her pop punk anthem, Sk8er Boi, in the world, and nothing much has changed.

The singer always hangs out with the skateboarder, because his very first TikTok with skateboarding legend Tony Hawk showed us. She also recently starred in Willow Smith’s new pop punk album, produced by Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker.

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Yes, Barker is more than the guy who got Kourtney Kardashian to wear vintage band t-shirts. He is also behind the resurgence of the pop punk genre which is now led by Yungblud, TikTok’s Lil Huddy and, most notably, rapper-turned-rockstar Machine Gun Kelly.

Naturally, the pop punk revival goes beyond music – we see it in fashion too. It was inevitable, given the relentless return of Y2K fashion trends, from low-rise jeans to whale tails. Now, the other side of the decade’s fashion is also making waves, which reminds us of how the Good Charlotte twins dated the Juicy Couture-clad princesses Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie.

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According to Lyst, searches for striped ties and Vans have increased since Lavigne debuted on TikTok. And the platform also notes the growing influence of Olivia Rodrigo, who introduced her Gen Z fans to pop punk fashion through her spunky music videos and Instagram outfits, tartan miniskirts and all.

We know it’s all the little things that count to channel the edgy look, so we’ve put together a guide to help you stay on trend. Check out our must-have items below.

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The pop punk scene was fueled by teenage angst, which emerging pop star Olivia Rodrigo today communicates through a stuck-out tongue. But if you don’t pull off the face as well as her, or don’t have your favorite Fall Out Boy lyrics tattooed on your arm, your next best option is to wear a graphic tee like Celine’s. It features a work by American artist Gene Beery that gives life a very worthy note. Bonus: it comes in Avril Lavigne’s two favorite colours, black and pink.

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Vivienne Westwood, the godmother of punk, needs no introduction. Neither did the London-based designer’s pearl and orb choker, known as the “TikTok necklace” thanks to its growing popularity. The pop punk scene didn’t wear pearls, but she would have worn this choker had she known Westwood shared her anti-establishment values.

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Unlike the 2000s, today’s tartan has an enduring bent, as Willow Smith demonstrated in her music video for transparent core. She wore a skirt by up-and-coming London fashion label Chopova Lowena, which is best known for its handmade patchwork skirts made from leftover fabrics and unsold textiles. This style is close to what Smith wore, and he gets an extra dose of spunk from the silver hardware and rings that line his leather belt.

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At the time, an array of musicians, from Avril Lavigne to Billie Joe Armstrong, wore studded belts around their hips in a nod to their punk predecessors. Today, it’s a flashy accessory that will add a bold edge to your jeans (pop punks have fetishized skinny jeans, but find out which fit suits you best here).

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Ditch the baggy camo pants of yesteryear and embrace modernity with this pair from Los Angeles-based label Miaou. It will go well with a vintage band t-shirt (check out The Hayley Williams Collection for inspiration), while nodding to that other, more alluring side of 2000s fashion with its low rise and revealing cutouts.

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Pop punk fashion is intrinsically tied to skater style, and nothing screams Sk8er Boi like a pair of Vans. With the resurgence of 2000s fashion trends, it’s no surprise that searches for the brand’s Era Stacked sneakers and their Old Skool sneakers, like this one, have spiked this year. What we love about this pair is that they carry Vans’ signature checkerboard pattern, but in a subtle way that won’t make you cringe years later.

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Want more cum in your shoes? Embrace Willow Smith’s new look and pull on these tall leather boots from Alexander McQueen, which show serious attitude with their oversized rubber lug soles.


Diana J. Carleton