2023 Style Guide: A Blast From The Past

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Fashion is ever flowing and can change very quickly. To keep up with it, you’ll need a style guide for each fashion season. So here’s our 2023 style guide, just for you!


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If ever there was a year that left you feeling as if you’d just stepped off a time machine decades into the past, it would be this year. It seems as if all the major labels are creating styles that were in vogue at the turn of the century, the turn of the millennium that is, and you are in for a real treat. Anyone of an age to remember Y2K clothing will tell you that it doesn’t get any more authentic than this.

Check out 2023’s style guide as it brings you back to the past, in the present!

Y2K Fashion is Back!

You probably never heard of or remember Janet Jacksons’ wardrobe malfunction during halftime of Superbowl XXXVIII. This was a historical moment for fashion and pop culture because no one could truly say how it happened. Was it planned? There were rumors going in both directions so we may never know, but we can tell you this, the fashion of the early 2000’s was just as iconic as Janet’s mishap.

Bandanas, lots of skin showing, mini skirts, platform shoes, and velour track suits with words on the butt, were all part of the trendy Y2K fashion back in the day. So if you’re wondering how to dress for Y2K all over again, then you’re in for a great fashionable time!

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Men and Denim

You may be wondering just how skinny jeans and leggings ever took hold so soon after men were literally wearing yards of denim. The wide flare legs trending back a couple decades ago are beyond anything we saw before, or after, those Y2K outfits – until now that is!

This year’s designers are also mixing and matching various shades of washed-out denim so that jackets can be worn interchangeably with jeans without concern for whether or not the colors are uniform. The only thing left to wonder about is how they ever got around without tripping over their legs. They were that wide!

The Ultra-Mini Y2K Dress Is Back

You will find that this year there is plenty of cleavage showing along with a mostly missing waist. Corset style tops with ultra mini skirts leave little to the imagination and that’s just what designers are going for. Dresses that have a small connection in the front with skin showing from just below the bra line to the hips is an amazing feat and one that will leave you wondering how they are holding together, yet they are. These dresses are a masterpiece in artistry because they hold your attention long enough to wonder at the skill needed to keep tops connected to skirts with so little material to make it happen.

The only suggestion we would leave you with is this. These styles are perfect for all those New Year’s parties, but if you live in the colder areas of the world, you’ll want to don a warm coat when going outside. Does that give you a clue as to just how much skin is showing? Yes, it’s really just that much, but not to worry, you will have the freedom of movement you’ve been longing for!

Sheer Elegance

Y2K fashion made wearing sheer clothing fashionably in and that part is also back! In this 2023 season, you will find sheer tops, dresses, skirts, pants, the new norm. This may be the summer’s hottest trend, so before you shy away, give it a try in an elegant way. Try a sheer top with a full coverage bralette underneath, and a pair of wide leg denim jeans or denim skirt to taper down the look. Of course, if you wanted to, you could also wear a fully sheer dress to a party and that would certainly mark your entrance as memorable!

The Takeaway

Don’t let this year’s blast from the past get you nervous. The Y2K fashion is fun and innovative, but it doesn’t mean that you need to throw out every piece of clothing you own. Remember, fashion flows and what’s out now, may certainly be back again in a short time.


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