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Wear It Y2K

Why Baby Tees are all over your FYP

Amber Sunner

Everyone is wearing baby tees. But where did the trend come from? Amber Sunner investigates...

Noughties Comeback

Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that noughties fashion is making a comeback. From the velour tracksuits loved by Paris Hilton to Britney’s ubiquitous double denim, the staples of Y2K fashion are filtering back into our modern day dress in a big way.

The hottest Y2K trend of the moment? It has to be the baby tee. These tiny shrunken T-shirts with cartoon motifs are all over our Instagram and TikTok feeds rn, and celebrities like Kendall Jenner and Dua Lipa can’t get enough.

Origins of the Baby Tee

Baby tees were made popular by Linda Meltzer, a stylist for TV and movies back in the 90s. She used to comb through vintage stores and flea markets looking for children’s size French-cut T-shirts from the 70s to wear herself and style on celebrity shoots.

She became so obsessed with the look that she decided to start making her own baby tees, launching her label ‘Tease Tees’ in 1993. For the next decade you couldn’t escape the O.G. baby tees - worn by everyone from the Friends and Clueless cast to Kate Moss, Winona Ryder, Cameron Diaz, and Drew Barrymore.

How to Wear it Now

Many of us have been favouring comfy leisurewear and baggy silhouettes for the past 18 months, but now the world is opening up, there couldn’t be a better time to embrace the form-fitting look of the baby tee.

The baby tee looks great with a high-rise mom jean or a tennis-style skirt for a look that’s easy to throw on and walk out the door. They’re also perfect for layering – try your baby tee under a strappy dress for true Y2K styling.

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