Y2K Fashion Trends Are Dominating the Streets of Paris—Yes, Really

I always think of Paris Fashion Week's street style scene as offering two distinct things as standard. First, it's a great big chance for escapism because for A-list invitees, slipping into the latest couture extravaganza from a French fashion house is the norm. Then, there is a well-documented flip side: Super-casual effortlessness will always win out for everyone else attending, and it results in iterations on the archetypal French-girl uniform of jeans, blazers, mid-height shoes, tousled hair and so on and so forth. Even if you're not a native, you find yourself shifting into this gear when you're there, so it took me by surprise to see that this week's menswear presentations in the fashion capital provided a different array of editor, stylist, model and other insider looks.

Paris fashion week mens June 2021 street style: feathers and leather

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The photographed outfits were, much to my amazement, absolutely dripping in Y2K flashbacks. While we're more than aware of this decade's omnipresence among Gen Z and their social and shopping platforms of choice—TikTok, Depop—no one could have guessed that the streets of Paris would act as the backdrop to this retro trend in all its colourful and controversial glory. 

From low-rise trousers worn with tummy-baring tops to mesh fabrics, headscarves and cargo pants, there was very little on offer by way of more traditional French minimalism. Below, we chart the street style trends that lean heavily into the noughties and now have a very high fashion stamp of approval.

1. BARBIE PINK

Paris fashion week mens June 2021 street style: pink paisley co-ords

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Paris fashion week mens June 2021 street style: pink mini bag

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Paris fashion week mens June 2021 street style: pink trousers and zebra coat

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Paris fashion week mens June 2021 street style: pink trousers and hawaiian shirt

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2. HIGH TOPS, LOW WAISTS

Paris fashion week mens June 2021 street style: Bella Hadid in snake trousers

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Paris fashion week mens June 2021 street style: yellow crop top and skirt

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Paris fashion week mens June 2021 street style: orange top and leather trousers

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Paris fashion week mens June 2021 street style: pink blazer and jeans

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3. HEADSCARVES AND '00S HATS

Paris fashion week mens June 2021 street style: crop top and headscarf

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Paris fashion week mens June 2021 street style: trench coat and headscarf

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Paris fashion week mens June 2021 street style: leather trench

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4. OLD-SCHOOL MONOGRAMS

Paris fashion week mens June 2021 street style: Gucci logo bag

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Paris fashion week mens June 2021 street style: Dior logo pieces

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Paris fashion week mens June 2021 street style: Gucci logo bag

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Paris fashion week mens June 2021 street style: Dior logo bag

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5. CARGO-PANT VIBES

Paris fashion week mens June 2021 street style: mesh vest and cargo pants

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Paris fashion week mens June 2021 street style: camo cargo pants

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Paris fashion week mens June 2021 street style: baggy pink trousers

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6. SEE-THROUGH TOPS

Paris fashion week mens June 2021 street style: zebra print co-ords

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Paris fashion week mens June 2021 street style: see-through top

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Paris fashion week mens June 2021 street style: see-through shirt

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