The first time you hear the phrase ‘Y2K’ it might stop you in your tracks. The name simply refers to the year 2000, focusing on the trends of the early 2000s up until 2010. Why are the trends back so soon? Usually, most fashion trends work on a twenty-year cycle as one generation grows up and sees the clothing style of the previous one. The Y2K trend has been made popular by Generation Z, who have come to love the trends they were too young to appreciate as children. There are Instagram accounts with hundreds of thousands of followers, dedicated to posting y2k fashion inspiration.
On Wednesdays, We Wear Pink (Or Purple)
During the early 2000s, no one was afraid to wearing a bright pastel. With films like Legally Blonde and Means Girl, came a popularisation of the colour pink. While it’s always been a favourite shade for women, its popularity reached new heights during the 2000s. If you want to create a y2k wardrobe, you need to make sure you have at least one pink outfit you can wear.
If you’re not a fan of pink, you can stand out from the crowd in a purple outfit, with Daphne from the Scooby Movies are your style muse. Purple can give you the feminine look without appearing as though you’re trying to cosplay Elle Woods.
One of the biggest trends of the 2000s was the Juicy Couture tracksuits. While the trend is having a resurgence thanks to the pandemic, it is a must-have for anyone who wants to channel the Y2K look. Focus on adding vibrant colours to your tracksuit collection – and if it has crystals, all the better! For a true Y2K look, you can pair your velour tracksuit with flip-flops, a white t-shirt, and a fresh spray tan.
The Logo T-Shirt
We all own a graphic shirt with a logo somewhere in our closet. During the 2000s, people were obsessed with wearing designer labels, and making sure everyone knew exactly who they were wearing. The J’Adore Dior t-shirt is a classic example, appearing in both Sex and the City and several classic films from the era. While you don’t need to go to the heights of Dior, you want a logo t-shirt with a brand that matches your aesthetic.
If you need Y2K outfit inspiration, the film ‘Uptown Girls’ is your one-stop-shop. Britney Murphy’s character wears a pair of patched-embossed denim overalls throughout the film that scream the early 2000s. Find a vintage pair that you like an iron on some patches of your favourite bands, logos, or things that make you smile. Add a pastel vest-top underneath and a pair of wedged heels to finish off your look. Don’t forget to add a curl to your hair and throw on a hobo bag to carry your essentials.
What are your favourite early 2000s trends? Do you consider yourself to be a y2k style follower?