Ah, the 2000s — a time of excessive glamour, partying and a whole lot of bling.
If you look back at the decade through its designated style icons, such Britney Sparrow and Paris Hilton, it is. The Y2K look was created by the party girls of the era: Juicy Couture tracksuits with flirty slip dresses, low-rise jeans (preferably accompanied a whale tail), and a preference towards all things pink.
It should sound familiar by now, because that’s all we’re seeing celebrities wear today. Bella Hadid is the new face of Heaven by Marc Jacobs, has sported baby tees, cropped cardigans as well as plaid miniskirts straight out of a pop-punk star’s closet — which Olivia Rodrigo seems to be raiding for her own music videos. Kendall Jenner’s party ensembles have included a Von Dutch trucker hat, graphic tank tops, and even a replica of Paris Hilton’s 21st birthday crystal dress.
The era’s glitzy and (often gaudy) trends are back, and thanks to an array of fashion brands that are now embracing the Y2K aesthetic, those trends have never been easier to pull off. Plus, with the holidays and Christmas celebrations around the corner, it’s the best time to channel your inner 2000s party girl.
Below, we’ve compiled a Y2K starter pack if you want to dress to impress.
8 Y2K style trends to inspire your next party outfit
With its shimmering façade and a tiara to matchThis minidress was designed by London label Poster Girl. You don’t have to wear it the same way that Paris Hilton wore her birthday dress, because this comes with adjustable (and plush!) You can wear it over one shoulder or crisscrossed. To top it all off, its wrap skirt even comes with its own sparkling chain — you’ll save on spending on a crystal belt.
It’s possible to wear jeans and a lace camisole to your next party. All you need to do is top off the look with a statement piece of jewellery — like this captivating crystal choker.
Paco Rabanne’s signature chainmail bags were a staple of the ’70s, but they’ll work just as well with your noughties-inspired outfit — especially if you hang a butterfly charm from its detachable chain strap.
Dua Lipa, Miley Cyrus and Dixie D’Amelio are all fans of Mach & Mach’s signature Double Bow heels, and it’s easy to see why. The pumps are just the thing to upgrade your everyday baby-tee-and-jeans ensemble, but they’ll also pair nicely with your party dresses. They sell quickly, which is why they are so popular.
Blumarine is a hot brand known for its Y2K-inspired designs. These have been seen on Olivia Rodrigo and Ariana Grande. The brand’s butterfly-motif tops, like this one, are especially popular. This piece is a safe bet for your next holiday gathering with the fam: it’ll be an upgrade from your frumpy Christmas sweater, and still look fun enough to wear when hanging out with your friends afterwards.
Area is a New York label known for its sparkling creations. crystal bagsTo crystal thongs. You don’t have to go that far, but you can make people think you have with these flare pants that come with its own exposed, embellished whale tail. Pair it with a sheer top a la Bella Hadid and you’ll be turning heads just like the model.
Nodress, a London-based label, has the perfect thing for date night. This corset top features boning throughout, but it’s also made of lustrous satin that will stretch to fit you just right.
Nodelato’s signature sandals have been given the bling treatment, as seen on the crystal fringing on the front. Their comfy, block heels ensure you’ll be able to party all night, while its special lavender satin construction ensures you’ll be noticed.