5 young women who embody Y2K and alte fashion

March 24th 2023, 3:02:03 pm

These five ladies are the ones to beat when it comes to alte fashion.

The ladies of alte fashion [Instagram/soundcloud]

Y2K fashion characterized the early 2000s, the days of Britney Spears and Destiny’s Child. It is made of sassy graphic tees, boots, big belts, beads, double denim, glitter, crop tops, fake fur, sparkles, and low-rise jeans.

Bright colours and cartoonish aesthetics are combined with 2000 pop culture to produce an aggressively loud look. Reimagined Y2K fashion says no to minimalism and conventionality.

In Nigeria’s subculture, there is a sect of people in music known as the alte, short for the word alternative. These people are known for their eccentric style.


The musical group DRB LasGidi is responsible for the term "alté," as they did so in a song they released in 2014 to characterize their sound and style.

Ashley is a designer and artiste. In 2017, she had her own unisex clothing brand Sillet, which sells clothing which embodied Ashley’s extremely fashionable alte style.

She is an alternative, neo-soul, jazz independent artiste whose short skirts, embellished bras, boots and jewellery are all reminiscent of the Y2K era.

This award-winning artiste embodies the Y2K style in low jeans, mini skirts, jean jackets, furs and graphic makeup. Ayra Starr dresses as if she lives in the 2000s.

Known for short skirts, low rise jeans and skimpy artiste, this Ghanaian musician is the epitome of Y2K and Gen Z fashion,

Wavy the Creator, whose real name is Jennifer Ejoke, is a recording artist, photographer, fashion designer, and filmmaker. Born in Lagos, but she grew up in the United States. Wavy’s style is a mix of Y2K and goth.

Temi Iwalaiye
Temi Iwalaiye is a lifestyle Reporter at Pulse. She loves to write - about anything and everything.


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