Sorry T-Shirts, This Is the Pretty Y2K Top Fashion People Are Prioritising

If you didn't know any better, you could be forgiven for thinking we'd stepped back in time. Slowly but surely, Y2K culture has crept up on us again. There are some aspects of the re-emergence that we're happy to embrace, and there are some we'd rather leave in the past (I'm sorry, trucker hats, but you were never for me).

A former pillar in the '00s girls' wardrobe, this past season has seen ruched and draped tops return to their former glory, and with the early signs of new-season stock coming into play, the trend looks set to continue well into the next six months at the very least.


(Image credit: Courtesy of Saint Laurent)

Draped fabrics played a big part in the sensuality and minimalism of A/W 23's runways, and the idea was immortalised by the most influential brands. We saw cowl necks at Bottega Veneta, draped satin blouses at Saint Laurent and swathes of ruched fabrics at The Row.

Though we can't ignore the top's Y2K roots, the 2023 touch comes from chic colours and more elevated fabrics. Draped-neck tops are looking more stylish than ever.


(Image credit: @sasha.mei)

Available in a range of cuts, this style is undeniably flattering, and easy to dress up or down. Not to mention, draped-neck tops can work with anything and everything from jeans to wide-leg trousers, and every skirt style under the sun. Right on time, our favourite high-street brands have taken the subtle note on board as a chic and easy way to step into the new season.

Read on for our edit of the best draped-neck tops available now.


Opening Image: @smythsisters

Next Up: Decoding Y2K Fashion: Here's What Actually Looks Good 20 Years Later

News Writer

Natalie Munro is Who What Wear UK’s news writer. Previously freelance commerce writer at British Vogue, Natalie’s experience spans journalistic and styling roles, which have seen her work on shoots for publications such as British Vogue, Vogue Ukraine, AnOther Magazine and Elle UK and write for publications including British Vogue and Conde Nast Traveller. With an interest in uncovering the latest fashion trends, Natalie takes a leading role in identifying news and trends for Who What Wear UK, with a particular focus on celebrity style and emerging fashion trends.