The early 2000s were a transformational time for fashion, hair styles, and technology. Not a lot of what we did and wore made sense, but hey, if Lizzie McGuire was wearing it, I was most likely going to wear it.
Get ready for a few ridiculous and laughable trends that will remind of you some awesome and some awful memories.
Pants That Unzipped Into Shorts.
This might have been one of the most advanced fashion trend ever. Is it too hot? Unzip. BAM. Shorts. There’s a breeze picking up? Zip. BAM. Pants. Truly incredible.
Von Dutch hats, anyone? A lot of lady celebs rocked these as they strolled downtown with smoothies in hand and maybe their pet pooch in their purse.
You better believe I ran straight to that purple iMac in the computer lab when I got to school.
Nothing more exciting for kids than seeing blue and orange computers.
If Baby Spice wore halter tops, I was going to wear a halter top.
So much flow, so much stretch, so much style. You knew you were the “it” girl if you stepped out of your moms’ minivan strutting these gauchos.
These shoes were no joke. Probably the coolest shoes to be made and when you saw someone wearing them, you were always a little jealous.
Belly Button Piercings.
This went great with your halter tops and any crop top really. These weren’t just the regular button piercings, it was the ones with charms on them and dreamcatchers. Parents hated them but all Britney Spears fans loved them.
Every mall had a kiosk where they sold these extravagant air-brushed tee-shirts. Amusement parks also had a great selection.
I can’t believe these ever went out of style. These were so cool and came in a bunch of different colors. They also doubled as a floatation device if you were ever in an emergency situation.
The biggest punk rock accessory of them all. Studded belts were bulky but versatile and sometimes even the preppy kids would try to wear them with their Abercrombie & Fitch tops.
Dresses Over Jeans.
This was my biggest fashion faux pas. You can look back on many of my childhood pictures and find a bright dress on top of some of my dirty old jeans. I don’t really know why this ever caught on.
The next trend is an accessory that every girl owned and revolutionized our hair styles.
These were my life. Butterfly clips were found in every girls hair, no matter the age. It was the perfect way to pin back your baby hairs or make a super twisty up-do. Even celebrities found them stylish and trendy.
Colorful Sweat Suits.
You better believe every girl owned a brightly colored sweatsuit. If it had rhinestones on the back it was even better. I would like to thank The Cheetah Girls for making this a thing. Oh, and Paris Hilton. Such fashion icons.
This is one of the most iconic fashion pictures of all time.
The denim on denim choice could only be pulled off if you had total confidence and some chunky highlights really helped tie it all together.
These jeans rested just below your hip bones and could almost guarantee a wedgie. Low-rise jeans were seemingly the only option and some girls chose to wear them with crop tops, making their torsos seem extra long.
Let’s Leave It In The Past.