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The early 2000’s spawned some of the most iconic songs, films and pop culture references of the last century. From the first iPod and the invention of the flip phone to the release of major meme generators Mean Girls and Legally Blonde, no one was doing it like noughties kids. But did you know that the fashion of the era, in all its low-waisted and hot pink glory, is now making a comeback? Fondly dubbed as Y2K (short for ‘the year 2000’), this is a trend that shows no signs of stopping. Shop our Y2K fashion edit below, featuring picks from Miaou, Juicy Couture, and MaisonCléo.

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What is Y2K Fashion?

When we look back at the early noughties, we’re bombarded with images of sequined butterfly tops, low-waisted jeans (topped with a belly button piercing) and Paris Hilton in neon pink tracksuits. While some may think of this as the ‘trashy’ fashion era, many prolific brands are starting to disagree. Say hello to the latest trend to hit the runway: Y2K.

Drawing on celebrity culture, Y2K draws on the styles and trends that dominated our lives at the turn of the century. Unfurl the posters on your childhood bedroom wall and you’ll have your muse: this is a movement led by a fixation on young female stars – think Britney Spears, J Lo, Mariah Carey, Lindsay Lohan and Destiny’s Child – and dress code has to match.

Being the summary of an entire era, the Y2K trend is as varied as it is vibrant. Key staples span from athleisure to evening attire, with plenty of glitter and neon thrown in for good measure. Think velour tracksuits accessorised with baguette bags and bead bracelets, baby tees worn with wide-leg denim jeans and mini skirts, tie front tops showing plenty of midriff (if you can floss it, even better), and a generous smattering of butterfly clips to seal the deal. It may sound chaotic on paper, but put in practise it’s nothing short of euphoric.

Looking to channel your inner Paris Hilton? Us too. Check out our Y2K picks below.

Y2K? Why not. Shop the Edit:

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Model in green scarf top and baggy jeans, stood in front of brown background

Worme x Clio Peppiatt Maxi Scarf in Capri Green, £280, worme.co.uk

Red and blue flowery corset

Miaou Venus Corset, £255, miaou.com

Blue, pink and purple abstract pattern midi dress

Aune Collections Abstract-print mesh midi dress, £315, selfridges.com

Sage green croc baguette bag

JW PEI Eva Shoulder Bag in Sage Green Croc, £49, jwpei.co.uk

Model in denim butterfly top and embroidered jeans

Blumarine Top In Jeans With Embroidery, £380, blumarine.com

Juicy Couture Fresh Coral Recycled Velour Zip Through Hoodie

Juicy Couture Fresh Coral Recycled Velour Zip Through Hoodie, £110, juicycouture.co.uk

Juicy Couture Fresh Coral Recycled Velour Pocketed Bottoms

Juicy Couture Fresh Coral Recycled Velour Pocketed Bottoms, £100, juicycouture.co.uk

Pearl and beaded bracelet

Mathe Jewellery Peppermelon Bracelet, 65, mathejewellery.com

Model in pink cropped cami and glittery dark jean belted mini skirt

MaisonCléo Glittery dark jean belted mini skirt, €230, maisoncleo.com

Maille logo-clasp ribbed cardigan

Jacquemus Maille logo-clasp ribbed cardigan, £265, matchesfashion.com

& Other Stories Strappy Heeled Leather Sandals, £85, stories.com

Leopard print camisole

Reformation + NET SUSTAIN Wade cropped leopard-print silk-charmeuse halterneck camisole, £143.37, net-a-porter.com

Blue and purple ombre sunglasses

Fendi Disco Fashion Show sunglasses, £370, fendi.com

Model in blue top and cargo jeans

People Tree Cargo Jeans, £109, peopletree.co.uk

Pink furry bucket hat

Rokit Originals Pink Furry Blossom Hat, £35, rokit.co.uk

Butterfly Claw Clips

8 Other Reasons Butterfly Claw Clips, £29, revolve.com

Blue baby tee with pepsi logo

Rokit Originals Pepsi Baby Tee (Size L), £21, rokit.co.uk

Model in silver mini dress

MaisonCléo Silver miroir mermaid shiny mini straps dress, €180, maisoncleo.com

EÉRA 18K White Gold Heart Diamond Ring

EÉRA 18K White Gold Heart Diamond Ring, £10,945, brownsfashion.com

Woven bag

Frekkle little Mimi. bag, £28, generousape.com

Blue Mimi 70 Leather Slingback Sandals

Amy Crookes Blue Mimi 70 Leather Slingback Sandals, £455, brownsfashion.com

 

Cream wide-leg pants

Cult Gaia Tessa linen-blend wide-leg pants, £320, net-a-porter.com

Miu Miu Pink Rhinestone Sunglasses

Miu Miu Pink Rhinestone Sunglasses, £430, miumiu.com

Featured image: Miaou

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