It’s easy to recall the early 00s through tastefully rose-tinted glasses. Today’s fashion revival of baggy jeans, cropped tops and stringy halterneck tops has carefully excluded many of the trends we knew and loved.
The beginning of the new millennium sparked an experimental period of fashion, marked by combat trousers, crimped hair and various other questionable style choices. Let us take you on a journey through the corridors of time to remember the weird trends you’d probably rather forget.
Ah, crimped hair, how NOBODY misses you. Nothing screams “I’m super sophisticated and stylish!” like stiff patches of wavy hair sticking out at odds with the rest of your head. Pictures of trendy teenagers with crimped hair have been doing the rounds on Tumblr, after Stella McCartney featured sections of crimping on her Spring/Summer 2015 collection, but we’re hoping this trend stays buried in the early 2000s, where it belongs.
The Poodle Perm is probably the result of trying to brush out your crimped hair. There is literally no other explanation for this hairstyle. Same goes for that makeup, Christina Aguilera. Not OK.
The only thing you’re allowed to miss about combat trousers is their endless pockets. No handbag required – everything fitted conveniently in one of your fifteen pockets (although it took a while to remember which one had your house key in). And yeah, maybe it was pretty fun to colour co-ordinate with your friends á la Girls Aloud.
We’d all like to pretend we didn’t own at least one corset top. We’d all like to pretend we haven’t done a lot of things in the noughties, but corset tops happened to the best of us. The best ones were covered with diamanté crystals and worn with low-rise jeans. Work it, Myleene.
Anyone caught complaining about the modesty of denim hotpants-wearers this summer should harken back to the days of barely-there denim skirts. As seen on EVERYBODY. As hated by mothers everywhere.
You know what would REALLY complete your outfit? Slinging a totally unnecessary belt over the top, of course! The noughties were not a time to use accessories sparingly. When in doubt, add a belt.
This look probably occurred during your *pUnK rAwK* phase, or during that time everyone’s outfits sat on the dubious line between ‘fashionista’ and sex worker. We can all agree, fishnet is best left on boats.
Who knew it was possible to wear so much denim at once? Kudos to Britney and Justin for finding the time to co-ordinate so well. These outfits are just as confusing as their relationship was.
Subtle glows just didn’t cut it back in the early 2000s – it was either all-out Oompa Lumpa or you needn’t bother at all. Luckily, these days “pale and interesting” is the look of choice, but we shall never forget Paris Hilton’s fluro orange tan.
Baker boy hats were the noughties version of a beanie. Easy to chuck on over rubbish hair or protect one’s roots from unexpected rainstorms. Added bonus: easy to steal off your unsuspecting granddad. The only downside was looking like a complete tit.