The Ultimate Guide To Dressing For A Y2K-Themed Party

Not sure how to pull off a vintage fit without looking cheesy? We’ve got you covered.
20 October 2023

The year 2000 was an era of pop culture, music, and fashion that left an indelible mark on our collective memory, and now, it's time to relive the nostalgia in full fashion force. In just a few days, the Viu Xperience X2K will take place at the industrial-chic venue, Cargo39, and the dress code for all guests is Y2K Chic.

Here, we'll walk you through all the fashion decisions you need to know about dressing for the quintessential Y2K-themed party of the season. From iconic trends like low-rise jeans, crop tops, and frosted eyeshadow to the wild mix of patterns, textures, and colours, we've got you covered. So, dust off your platform sneakers, grab your mini backpack, and get ready to unleash your inner Y2K fashionista.

1. Low-rise Jeans

crop top and low rise jeans

Low-rise jeans were a staple of Y2K fashion. Opt for a pair of low-rise, bootcut, or flared jeans, and wear them with confidence. Show off your midriff by pairing them with crop tops or tucked-in tees.

2. Crop Tops

crop top male
Image credit: Alex Royle, The New York Times

Crop tops were everywhere in the 2000s. Choose crop tops in a variety of styles, from tank tops to off-shoulder blouses, and mix and match with your bottoms.

And yes, men can wear crop tops too.

3. Chunky Sneakers

asics chunky sneakers

Chunky sneakers, often called "dad sneakers," are a Y2K footwear essential. Pair them with any outfit for a sporty, casual look. Plus, if you’re partying all night, a pair of chunky shoes will ensure your feet stay comfortable till the sun rises.

4. Mini Skirts

bella hadid mini skirt
Image credit: Gotham, Getty Images

Short, flirty skirts and dresses were a go-to for many in the early years of the 2000s. Go for miniskirts, halter dresses, and babydoll dresses in bold colours or with interesting patterns.

5. Logomania

y2k-themed fashion
Dapper Dan, one of the pioneers of logomania.
Image credit: Dapper Dan

Logomania may have fallen out of Vogue for “quiet luxury”, but the Viu Xperience Party is the perfect excuse for you to bust out those BOGO shirts and sweaters that you have waiting in the wings of your wardrobe. Brands and logos were prominently displayed on clothing during the Y2K era. Embrace logo-centric clothing, from designer brands to sportswear logos.

6. Frosted Makeup

dua lipa
Image credit: Dua Lipa

While the TV series Euphoria might have brought frosted eyeshadow into the mainstream, it was actually icons like the Spice Girls, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera that made it the hottest makeup trend back in the early 2000s.

For the party, you can experiment with shimmery and iridescent eyeshadows and lip glosses for that Y2K glow.

7. Animal Prints

ris low animal prints
Ris Low on the Shan & Roz Show.
Image credit: Clicknetwork

Last, but certainly not least, are animal prints. Leopard and zebra stripes were all the rage in the Y2K era, and this is your chance to bust out those bold prints without looking gauche. You can even use this opportunity to cosplay as the iconic Ris Low in leopard “preens.”

How to dress Y2K Chic for the Viu Xperience Party

Y2K chic fashion is not just a throwback to the past; it's a celebration of the vibrant, eclectic, and bold styles that defined the early 2000s. Whether you're going to be wearing leopard prints with a miniskirt or a logomania outfit, you will undoubtedly rock the Y2K whilst making a fashion statement and relishing the nostalgia during the Viu Xperience Party. If you can capture your OOTDs with a disposable camera instead of your smartphone, that’d add more points to your vintage fit. It's going to be a night to remember.

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