Digital content creator, Stephanie Swaim, goes back to her time capsule to show her life in the 2000s.
These days, nostalgia is definitely the trend. There has been an increasing attempt of reviving the style from the 2000s. The 2000s stands out compared to the other eras because of elements like cheekiness and color. There is also an evident difference between the present time and the 2000s because of the absence of social media. It has led to a fascination amongst even the GenZ about the era, with hashtags like #2000s getting 2 billion views, as reported by YPulse. However, it seems that many people have rose-colored glasses when it comes to that era and @swaiminwonderland aims to give people a real idea about what life was like during that time with her video series.
Stephanie Swaim is a senior digital content creator associated with Access Hollywood. In her TikTok video series, she is in her childhood bedroom that seems to be frozen in time. In one video, Stephanie shows off all the items from that era, such as glittery bags and cute ensembles. She is standing in pink and black attire, making her pop out because of the colors. It reflects the fashion during that time, inspired by movies like "Clueless," when bright colors were all the rage.
Thereafter, she goes on to showcase her bag collection, which was all bright or sparkly. The first bag was a Coach handbag which she used to match shoe colors. She accepted that the bag, in all probability, was a 'diaper bag,' but she was still obsessed with it. Her most special possession among them was her sequin bags, which apparently are making a comeback.
Another video has her wearing outfits from the 2000s. Here also, bright colors are dominant, especially pink. There are also many graphic t-shirts as they were 'the' trend during that time. They are reminiscent of fashion from shows like "Lizzie Mcguire" and "The Vampire Diaries" from the 2000s and give the main character energy.
In another video, Swaim showed how the lack of technology and the internet caused people to become more passionate about celebrity gossip. People during that time read the magazine and also pulled out the pages from it to stick on their walls. The 2000s were known for having the best of both worlds. It had both outrageousness and, at the same time, a certain level of privacy that might not be possible in today's world because of social media.
Some criticism that levied against the comeback of problematic trends like exposed midriff, which led to impossible body standards, as reported by Y2K Fashion. Though at the same time, some have felt an affinity towards it because of simpler times. As discussed by Healthline, there is a certain level of complexity that has been brought by being able to reach everywhere and have everyone be available all the time. Many think that was not the case in the 2000s.
The comment section was in awe of all these merchandise from their beloved era. @meaghanclifford loved the bag collection and commented, "Omg yes, but like I want that coach bag now lol, I wish." @schellie2385 shared her similar experience and wrote, "Oh my gosh I had the Coach bag and matching shoes, too!"