Ask CF: What Should I Wear to a B2K Concert?

Get ready to rock out with these 2000s-inspired looks!

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Hi CF!

I have a major fashion question. I am going to the B2K Concert soon. The people running the event said and I quote, “No skinny jeans, balenciagas, or any of that other (stuff) is allowed. You will be turned down at the door”. We have to dress 2000s style but my clothing is now too small. How should I dress for the occasion?

Our Response

Upon reading your letter, I immediately thought that any dress code that was as strict as the one for this concert is, well, a little over-the-top. Therefore, I decided to look it up, just to see what it was all about.

As it turns out, the whole “dress code” thing was actually a prank, according to Omarion, one of the members of B2K — although he did say that he wouldn’t mind if people actually did adhere to the dress code, even though what people wear to the concert is entirely up to them.

So, while you’re “officially” free to wear whatever you want to the concert (yay!), I decided to whip up a few outfits for you that would look right at home at the concert; keep reading to see them!

Outfit #1

Products: Top – Zara, Sneakers – Urban Outfitters, Pants – Zara, Hat – Zara, Earrings – Revolve, Fanny Pack – Urban Outfitters

While creating this look, I knew that I wanted to put together an outfit that draws its inspiration from some of the biggest trends of the early 2000s.

To get it, put on fuzzy textured top (because those were huge back in the early 2000s!); next, throw on a pair of baggy camo-print pants (because those were literally huge in the early 2000s!).

Chunky sneakers are a must-have for any 2000s-inspired sporty look, while large, thin hoops are the perfect way to add some shine to the ensemble (not to mention that they’ve made a big comeback in today’s fashion world!).

Complete the outfit with a trendy throw-back baker boy cap, as well as an athletic-inspired fanny pack, which is not only a great way to accessorize, but is also a practical and safe way to store your essentials at the concert, completely hands-free.

Outfit #2

Products: Sweatshirt – Macy’s, Earrings – Nordstrom, Skirt – H&M, Eyeshadow – Colourpop, Lipgloss – Sephora, Bag – Urban Outfitters, Sneakers – Pretty Little Thing, Henley Tank Top – American Eagle Outfitters, Plain Tank Top – American Eagle Outfitters

For Outfit #2, I decided to create a feminine look that incorporates elements from both the early and later 2000s for a sort of 2000s trend mash-up.

Start off by pairing a velour zip-up hooded sweatshirt (this one is by 2000s it-brand, Juicy Couture!) with a black denim mini skirt; if it’s too cold to go bare-legged where you live, feel free to layer leggings underneath for extra warmth and 2000s style points!

Also, since concerts can get pretty hot sometimes, it’s probably a good idea to make like basically every 2000s girl and add layered tank tops underneath the sweatshirt; here, I chose to layer a solid-colored olive green tank underneath a white henley tank for maximum mid-to-late-2000s coolness.

In terms of footwear, I decided to take inspiration from early 2000s girls’ fondness for flatform shoes, and included a pair of flatform sneakers (which, btw, I totally wanted back in the day).

As for accessories, I couldn’t resist these cute butterfly thread-through earrings, nor could I not include a small shoulder bag, since mini bags were all the rage back then.

Finally, because you can’t dress in head-to-toe 2000s-inspired clothing without also doing your makeup to match, don’t forget to put on some pale blue eyeshadow and/or shiny lipgloss to finish off the look.

Outfit #3

Products: T-Shirt – Urban Outfitters, Joggers – Urban Outfitters, Hair Clip – Urban Outfitters, Necklace – Urban Outfitters, Fanny Pack – Zara, Hiking Boots – Pretty Little Thing

For the final ensemble, I chose to go with a more laid-back approach to put together a look that is mostly quite casual, but that also has a dash of femininity thrown in for good measure.

To copy the outfit for yourself, pair an early 2000s staple — the lettuce-hem t-shirt — with some baggy joggers. I chose to combine these two pieces (which I’ve personally never seen worn together) because I like how the top’s more fitted silhouette contrasts with the much looser silhouette of the bottoms.

You can’t go wrong with a pair of chunky hiking boots, both in terms of their style factor (In addition to being trendy in the 2000s, they are also making a big comeback right now.), and in terms of the comfort that they offer — so lace up a pair, being sure to tuck the hems of your pants into the boots like people did back then.

bright fanny pack adds a fun pop of color, while a cute heart necklace adds further visual interest.

To complete the look, use a claw clip to put your hair back in a messy bun or half-ponytail (depending on how much of your hair you can fit in the clip); I really like the metallic finish of this one in particular, which gives it a modern twist!

I hope that these looks have given you some direction in your quest to find the perfect 2000s-inspired outfit. Have fun at the concert, and thanks for your question! (PS: I’d love to see what you actually end up wearing, so feel free to snap a pic and tag it with #CFSquad for the chance to have it featured on CF’s Instagram page!) 

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What do you think?

Do you incorporate 2000s-inspired clothes/accessories into your look? If so, how? What kind of look would you put together to see your favorite singer/band from the 2000s?

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