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.
These stretchy chokers could be found on the necks of every girl and could be worn with any outfit.
Sometimes, with enough tickets, you could get them at Chuck E. Cheese.
The smaller the glasses, the more stylish they were.
Tiny sunglasses were all the rage for girls. This is one of those trends that is actually coming back and I don’t know if I’m ready for yet.
Every fashion icon was sporting these clear framed sunglasses. Usually they were pink or blue and had little rhinestones on the corner.
Asymmetric haircuts usually were bobs and involved intense highlights or bright colors. It really made quite a statement when you walked into a room.
Frosted lip gloss was in the back of every girls pocket as they strolled around the mall waiting for their mom to pick them up. You had to layer it on for at least five minutes and then reapply maybe five minutes later.
The next trend will be a serious throwback and might make you cringe a bit.
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.
I miss flip phones. So simple, but so dramatic.
Nothing like giving that thing a good snap close and rolling your eyes to make it feel like you were in a movie.
These sexy jeans dressed up any outfit. Thankfully, you never actually had to untie them but they gave a really cool impression.
Bright colors, bright attitudes, bright future. Neon was so in. Mostly found in tee shirts and sunglasses, neon was always somewhere on your outfit.
For the next trend, you might need to put on those tiny sunglasses to shield your eyes.
Shiny dresses and shoes was quite a ridiculous trend. Silver clothes felt like a futuristic trend, kind of like a fashionable robot.
Hats. Jeans pockets. Jackets. Shoes.
If you didn’t have rhinestones, your outfits were seriously slacking.
Glad we finally got this trend over with. This is just a dark part of our past that made you look ridiculous, no matter how natural you thought it looked.
These things were way too cool. It was the definition of one size fits all because this tiny tee could stretch to fit four people if you tried it. They always come in weird patterns and colors, almost too irresistible to pass up.
Yeah. That was pretty freaking groundbreaking and kind of life changing. The next trend goes hand in hand with the internet, ridiculousness and all.
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.
I used this as a nightlight but it wasn’t lame because it was a lava lamp so it was cool to be afraid of the dark. So many colors and lights. Some lava lamps had glitter which was just incredible. Does anyone else remember how hot they used to get though? It felt like it could burn down your house.
The next trend was as risky as it was ridiculous.
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.
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.
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.
Okay these trends were so fun, right? But let’s leave them where we found them…in the past. Except for the internet. We love that. And the inflatable backpacks. I’m okay with those coming back.
Share this article with your friends who rocked some of these trends back in the day and can have a good laugh at the ridiculousness of them.