This Y2K Top Trend is Back, and It'll Make for a Nostalgic Summer

We can’t scroll for two minutes on Instagram without seeing an outfit that brings all the nostalgia feels. Y2K fashion—including everything from mini skirts to body chains and coloured sunglasses—are back, but one trend that’s huge within this revival is "nice” tops. If you remember getting a call (on your home phone) from a friend asking what you’re going to wear for a night out and replying with "just jeans and a nice top”, then this is definitely a throwback for you. If not, Y2K trends may feel super fresh for summer 2022. Either way, it’s time to appreciate the easy styling credentials these tops have. And one that’s proving more popular as the temperatures rise is backless or open-back iterations.


(Image credit: @lucywilliams02)

Be it a halter neck, a one-shoulder or a puff sleeve style just like fashion influencer Lucy Williams in her Peony co-ord (above) it doesn’t matter as long as you’re flashing your back. We know what you’re thinking, what about a bra? There are so many underwear solutions out there now that, depending on the top style, you may be able to still wear a backless bra. Even if it’s just a stick-on. If not, embrace going braless because these tops are seriously worth it. Whether you style with jeans like the good old days, tailored trousers or a matching year 2000 mini skirt, here are 21 backless tops to try out this summer.

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Harriet Davey is a freelance fashion editor who has been part of Who What Wear's extended team since 2017. She previously worked in print at Look magazine and has since worked across print, digital and social for many other titles, including British Vogue, Stylist, Grazia, Refinery29 and Marie Claire. Also a stylist, Harriet has had the pleasure of producing cover shoots and editorials along with commercial shoots for brands including Boux Avenue, Watches of Switzerland, Benefit Cosmetics and Revolution. To add to this, Harriet also works in live TV styling for ITV’s This Morning. Back to Who What Wear. With hundreds of published stories on site, Harriet knows what the WWW reader wants. Keeping up to date with the latest It buys and runway trends, she can guarantee to keep you one step ahead of the most stylish people. When not writing or styling, Harriet loves to go shopping (yes, more fashion). If she’s not in a local Hackney bar or restaurant, you can find her forever searching for her next holiday destination.