December 3, 2023


Youth trendy style

Y2K fashion essentials and how to style them | Shopping

Y2K fashion is all over social media right now and we’re living for it. Maybe you’ve seen it on TikTok or have been secretly hoarding clothes from your teenage years just in case, but either way, the Y2K aesthetic is back. It’s super chic and works for ANYONE, so let’s get shopping. Grab your flip phone and play NSYNC on your Walkman – here’s how to style the Y2k fashion trend.

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What is Y2K fashion?

Think Paris Hilton mixed with a Bratz doll. Yeah, ‘that’s hot!’. The Y2K aesthetic is inspired by the late ’90s and early to mid-’00s, aka the ultimate era for pop stars, velour tracksuits, glitter and pure nostalgia. If you have a passion for fashion and a love of all things pastel, metallic, faux fur, and Spice Girls chic, then this trend is for you.

Quick history lesson (calling it history hurts, tbh, but let’s move on). The late ’90s and early ’00s were all about the rise of the boyband, the modern technology boom and pop culture staples like Mean Girls and The O.C. All of this inspired the fashion of the time, as we desperately aspired to dress like Regina George and Marissa Cooper.

It was all about pleated skirts, strappy sandals, wide-leg jeans, chunky trainers and statement baby tees. Grab a tiny shoulder bag and you were ready to live your best Carrie Bradshaw fantasy. This aesthetic is all over Instagram and Tik Tok, so we can finally dig out our old butterfly clips and feel whole again.

The best places to buy Y2K fashion:


New Look

Urban Outfitters




Pretty Little Thing


Now you’re all clued up, get in loser, we’re going shopping.

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Check out this compilation of Y2K fashion TikTok videos from YouTube user eyesthetic for more inspiration:

Y2K fashion outfits:

Girl’s night out: A slip dress with strappy heels and a baguette bag.

Working out: All we can say is, think Britney Spears rehearsing for a tour.

Date night: A pleated mini skirt and a tie-front cardigan is the ultimate cute but flirty combo.

Going shopping: Throw on a Juicy Couture tracksuit and keep it comfy but chic.

At the beach: Tinted glasses and a bandana are major summer vibes.

Casual work day: A 90’s tea dress and a pair of Mary Jane shoes are super smart casual.