The Rise of Y2K-Inspired Shorts

Y2K Jean Shorts

It’s probably no surprise to anyone that the coastal grandmother aesthetic and baggy jeans-like clothing of Y2K has been reimagined as a cool summer trend. From Dua Lipa’s Instagram fit pic to the Y2K vibe seen on SS23 runway collections from Givenchy, Diesel and Balenciaga.

Denim shorts are a staple of this microtrend, often worn with mesh tops and box-pleated flare jeans. Y2K fashion is also known for being glitter- and metallic-heavy and influenced by singers like Britney Spears and the band *NSYNC.

Free People Caymen Cargo Shorts

Whether you’re channeling your inner Margot Robbie or simply embracing the retro vibes of y2k fashion, these low rise denim shorts will help you upgrade your casual wardrobe. Featuring a frayed hem and contrast tobacco stitching, they’re sure to add a rugged edge to your style. Pair them with oversized sunnies, a fitted tee and cowboy boots for a complete look.

Cargo shorts have also made a profitable return, as seen on the likes of Bella Hadid and other style influencers. They are usually made from cotton, polyester or nylon, and feature front flap pockets, back welt pockets and oversized side cargo pockets, offering plenty of storage space for your phone, wallet and other small items.

Bike shorts, on the other hand, are typically made from stretchy materials such as spandex and offer optimum comfort and flexibility. They often have an adjustable waistband and belt loops, making them a great choice for outdoor activities or sports.

One Teaspoon Bonita Low Waist Denim Shorts

Y2K cargo shorts are making a comeback, and this pair from One Teaspoon combines the utilitarian look with feminine details like rolled hems. The Y2K shorts feature belt loops, five pocket design and contrast tobacco stitching. Pair them with a leather blazer, braless crop top and combat boots for an on-trend outfit.

If you want to elevate your Y2K pink wardrobe with an outfit inspired by Bella Hadid’s effortless sophistication, consider these Hudson Jeans Freya Low Rise Skater Shorts. They sit low on the hip and have a knee-length inseam, so you can wear them with black kitten heels and a fitted white blouse for an elegant look that will set you apart from the rest of your fellow fashionistas.

Denim shorts are the perfect summertime option when you don’t want to wear jeans or Bermuda length pants. While both types of shorts are made from the same material, jeans are full-length trousers that extend all the way down to your ankles when worn while denim shorts typically only extend to your thighs or knees.

Free People Cargo Shorts

Cargo shorts aren’t just for hiking and camping anymore — they’re the ultimate fashion statement that blends function with style. Made with various materials including cotton, polyester and nylon, cargo shorts feature a variety of pockets to hold all your belongings. Many also include belt loops for you to personalize your look with a wide range of accessories.

If you’re on the hunt for a pair of casual cargo shorts, try Free People’s Hard Crushin plush cargo pants, which are made from a comfortable cotton corduroy fabric with a relaxed fit and classic, casual styling. The shorts hit low on the waist and have front cargo pockets, two back cargo pockets and side cargo pockets.

Shoppers have reported that the shorts are very comfy and that they hang well without bunching. They’re a good option for casual summer days, pairing with a crop top and chunky sneakers or with a fitted tee and heels for a night out.

One Teaspoon Cargo Shorts

A true throwback to the ’90s fashion trends, these jean shorts pay homage to a decade gone by. Featuring two front hand warmer pockets, rear pockets and cargo pockets with flap covers, this pair is perfect for outdoor activities. It also has a zippered pocket for small items like keys or a phone.

The breathable fabric and lightweight material help keep the wearer cool on long hikes. They don’t have the technical aesthetic of more expensive pairs, but they are practical and affordable.

The bandits denim shorts by ONETEASPOON are a low-rise style with ripped details, belt loops and a zip fly with button closure. They have five pockets and contrast tobacco stitching, and look great when paired with oversized sunnies and a fitted tee. These shorts are made from a blend of cotton, TENCEL(tm) lyocell and spandex. It comes with a UPF 50+ rating to protect you from the sun and is soft against your skin.

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