McBling: Decoding the star trends of the 2000s

Zip up your tracksuit and charge your shiny BlackBerry: McBling style for the 2022 edition.If you search “Y2K” on Depop or look for a trucker hat at a thrift store Von Dutchmansportswear Juicy Couture With ‘Juicy’ printed on the back, or a dazzling mini tee with ‘Baby Phat’ printed on it, you’re actually looking for a McBling aesthetic.

Still not sure what the difference is? McBling is a sizzling cell phone ringtone from a Motorola speaker. It’s taking apart the earphones of your metallic pink iPod nano.it’s spraying your perfume juicy hooray on your bushy bleached locks.

On the other hand, the Y2K trend appeared a little earlier in the fashion history timeline, hovering between the late 90s and early 2000s, dominated by low-waisted and casual glamour. The era slowly evolved into something more explicit. Think of McBling as Y2K’s smarter, more tech-loving sister.

Singer Sandra ‘Pepa’ Denton, rapper Rah Digga and singer Dena Cali attend the first annual Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Awards on August 30, 2001 in New York City.

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What is McBling Aesthetics?

As the name suggests, McBling styles are all bling. Fashion girls wear dazzling clothes and jewelry, and technology becomes the most fashionable accessories.

During McBling’s rise, anything colorful, preferably pink and sparkly, has become our best friend. Miniskirts were shortened, velvet and streetwear became red carpet uniforms. Basics born from the McBling era include graphic tees with playful phrases, tracksuits, jeans and sequined accessories.

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