What is McBling and how is it different from Y2K?

Zip up your tracksuits and charge up your bedazzled BlackBerry, we’re wearing the 2022 version of McBling. If you searched for “Y2K” on Depop or browsing thrift stores in search of Von Dutch trucker hats, Juicy Couture tracksuits with “Juicy” stamped on the back, or tight baby t-shirts with the dazzling and cursive “Baby Phat” logo, you’re actually looking for the McBling aesthetic.

Still not sure of the difference? McBling is a grainy song ringtone that blares from your Motorola’s speaker. It unwraps your headphones around your metallic pink iPod nano. It sprays your Long live the juicy fragrance around your chunky locks.

Y2K, meanwhile, landed a bit earlier in the timeline of fashion history, hovering between the late 90s and early 2000s with the dominant trends of lower waistlines and laid-back glam. The era slowly morphed into something more defined; consider McBling the more technical and splashy sister of the year 2000.

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

What is the McBling aesthetic?

The McBling style was all about, well, bling. Trendsetters shone in dazzling outerwear and jewelry, with technology becoming the newest and brightest accessory.

Anything colorful – preferably pink – and sparkly has become your best friend on the rise of McBling. The mini skirt became shorter, and velvet and streetwear became the red carpet uniform. Many staples born out of the McBling era include graphic tees with sassy phrases, dazzling tracksuits and jeans, and sequinned accessories.

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