After a year of doling out likes to puppies and workouts I’ll never do, my TikTok FYP was just not giving what it was supposed to give, especially in the fashion department. With some small tweaks to my scrolling behavior, I’m happy to report I finally found my aesthetic niche within fashion TikTok, and we love it here.
I tried four fashion trends that just went viral on my FYP, and I must say that these trends have unlocked so many outfit ideas I was just not thinking about before. Thanks, Gen Z. At first, I was a little hesitant to take fashion advice from people half my age, but it’s just not in my DNA to see a fire new look and pass up the opportunity to test it out.
Keep scrolling to see how I tried four fashion trends that are currently all over my TikTok feed while staying true to my personal style. Some of these trends may initially look familiar, but pay attention to the styling to see how the trend has evolved over the past few months.
We have reported on the resurgence of Y2K style before, and TikTokers continue to find new ways to wear the trend. As someone who was embarrassingly obsessed with the boy bands and accompanying bubblegum style that defined the early 2000s, it’s refreshing to see TikTokers explore the more subversive side of Y2K fashion.
This Xtina “Dirrty” version of Y2K style takes inspiration from the era’s obsession with technology and what a futuristic new millennium may look like. Think neo, cutouts, and ruching.
I definitely feel like an extra in The Matrix, in more ways than one. This convertible top takes the cutout trend to the next level—the sleeves are completely separate from the top and kind of feel like gloves, which I love. I completed the look with strappy pants inspired by Coyote Ugly and a denim baguette bag for no reason other than to remind us all of that iconic Britney-Justin matching moment.
Shop my look:
As You Top With Sleeves ($26)
This is the shirt I tried in a different color. The dart stitches in the bust create a super-flattering fit.
Saks Potts Christina Lace-Up Pant ($575)
The ties at the hip bone are so perfect.
Mango Baguette Denim Bag ($30)
Get your dose of denim without putting on jeans.
Shop more Y2K fashion:
Nensi Dojaka Asymmetric Stretch-Silk Bodysuit ($600)
I’m a huge fan of Nensi Dojaka and her apocalyptic yet elegant designs.
Nanushka Anja Baguette ($445)
Ruching is probably my favorite element of Y2K style. Take my coins.
Weekday Nicole Mesh Plaid Cardigan ($32)
Straight from the wardrobe of a Y2K hot girl.
Mango Ruched Detail Skirt ($60)
You’ll be wearing this with every bodysuit and crop top you own.
Shop the matching Ruched Bodysuit ($50).
Lioness Salute Satin Halter Top ($59)
Scarf-tie tops are so nostalgic yet timeless. While you can tie any large silk scarf around your body to get the look, I love the clean lines and unfussy appeal of this top.
Mango Glossy Baguette Bag ($30)
This baguette bag will fit exactly everything you need. Personal rule: If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.
Zara Semi-Sheer Patchwork Shirt ($40)
Looks vintage, no?
Frame Le Ocean Wedge Flip Flop ($298)
So comfy and chic. The white trim reminds me of the foam a wave makes when it breaks.
If there’s a trend millennials and Gen Z can agree on, it’s matchy-matchy dressing. Wearing a matching set or matching your accessories makes you look put-together in the most low-maintenance way possible. For that, fashion girls of all ages keep this styling trick in their back pocket.
The simplest way to try the matchy-matchy trend is by color-blocking with accessories. I paired my orange and orange accessories with a black-and-white dress to really allow the color to pop.
There’s a reason the colored-sunglasses trend and the matchy-matchy trend caught fire around the same time—they play really well in the sandbox together.
Shop my look:
Freckles Mark Vintage Retro Sunglasses ($15)
The jet-black frames definitely edge up any look.
JW Pei Gabbi Bag ($65)
At this price, I’ll take this little bag in every color.
ASOS Design Shirred Gingham Sundress ($43)
I love how figure-hugging this is.
Shop more matchy-matchy pieces:
Rave Review Hola Upcycled Cotton-Terry Bucket Hat ($570)
Terry cloth is velour’s underappreciated sister and deserves all your attention.
Rave Review Teddy Patchwork Upcycled Cotton-Terry Mini Dress ($780)
The juxtaposition between the various fabrics sparks joy. You’ll be able to find an accessory to match one of the many colors.
Mango Vichy Bucket Hat ($30)
This hat is giving shade at a picnic, which sounds like my type of fun.
Mango Bucket Mini Bag ($60)
Pack your lunch in this cutie.
Zara Straight Leg Printed Pants ($50)
This print is so Funkadelic that it makes me want to put on some George Clinton and start cleaning the house.
Zara Printed Dress With Headband ($70)
The matching headband that comes with this top is the perfect accessory to match the mid-century modern Palm Springs vibe.
Tennis skirts have fast come to define TikTok fashion over the past year but are far from new. In fact, they have been a mainstay of my L.A.-girl wardrobe since middle school when I was forced, against my strong will, to wear a uniform every day. All those years in the same uniform definitely gave me time to explore all its iterations, which I use to my advantage now that I choose to wear it on my own—it’s funny how life works.
While the classic white tennis skirt is still in, you’ll want to make room in your closet for checkered-print tennis skirts and embrace sporty styling combinations. Dress like the tennis star you want to be, not the one you are.
I leaned into the sporty styling of the trend and paired this white tennis skirt with my beloved Kobe jersey. To add some texture and because it’s still chilly in L.A., I added a cozy shrug.
Shop my look:
Collusion Wrap Pleated Mini Skirt ($35)
Treat this skirt as you would a blank canvas—it will go with every color in your closet.
Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Co. Kobe Bryant NBA Finals Jersey ($300)
Most valuable jersey ever.
The Range Rib Knit Shrug Cardigan ($250)
Nike Air Zoom Spiridon Cage 2 ($293)
Because I always look for sneakers that I can also actually exercise in. I know, the gall!
Shop more tennis skirts:
Urban Outfitters Mary Plaid Mini Skirt ($30)
This is me still waiting for my parents to pick me up from school.
Russell Athletic Pleated Mini Skirt ($45)
I’d wear this on a hike to spice things up.
Adidas Tennis Dress ($60)
The perfect tennis dress. BRB, copping now.
H&M Pleated Skirt ($25)
Style this skirt with all your black vintage tees.
Outdoor Voices The Exercise 3-Inch Skort ($68)
If you’re actually going to play tennis, the skort is a winner.
Dazcos High-Waisted Plaid Skirt ($17)
You don’t see this orange-and-gray color combo often.
ASOS Design Pleated Mini Skirt ($32)
This style of tennis skirt with the front flap is very authentic to my middle school experience.
Lady Whistledown would be proud to see all the fashion girls wearing corsets again. This lingerie trend, originally designed to wear underneath clothing, is instead appearing over baggy shirts, sweatshirts, and even jackets to add some shape to an outfit. I especially love seeing the trend how it’s styled here—with a cropped top and relaxed-fit bottoms.
The underbust corset has become a personal favorite because it’s hard for me to find corsets that fit both around the chest and the waist. I tried the trend with super-relaxed loungewear to contrast the structured nature of the corset.
A welcome effect of the corset is better posture, which comes in handy when you’re sitting all day.
Shop my look:
ModeGal Mesh Underbust Corset ($16)
The boning keeps things tight but isn’t too rigid.
Zara Seamless Textured Tank Top ($20)
Stock up on these for summer.
Rawson Studio Vintage 90s Light Heather Grey Sweatshirt ($75)
I’m very particular about sweatshirts. The high neckline and oversize ’90s fit in this one make it ideal.
4th & Reckless Henry Joggers ($38)
Bright white sweatpants are so fresh. If someone scuffs them, I’m fighting.
Shop more corsets:
River Island Denim Corset Top ($56)
The boning on this top makes me confident it won’t need much adjusting throughout the day.
LaQuan Smith Corset Bodysuit ($515)
This has Dua Lipa written all over it.
Orchard Corset Mesh Underbust Corset ($69)
This underbust corset has almost perfect reviews on Amazon.
Pretty Little Thing Lace Steel Boned Corset With Rhinestones ($23)
Number one stunna.
Out From Under Lucy Girl Crush Corset ($59)
I would clash this floral print with another for fun.
A.W.A.K.E. Mode Corset Shirt Top ($575)
If you want a shortcut to the trend, this all-in-one top is your girl. I would wear it partially unbuttoned, revealing stacked gold chains.
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