Over the summer, in amongst watching all of Skins (which quite nicely epitomises 2008), I also watched most of season 1 of Lizzie Mcguire. I got to a point where I was watching both shows for fashion inspiration, taking screenshots of colourful hairdos and somewhat tragique layered jeans and skirts from the start of the millennium. I’ve decided that I need to share my fascination with awful 2000s fashion on my blog because A) I want to have bragging rights when these things finally ARE revived and B) to give context to my own dodgy inspired fashion choices.
WHY DID BUTTERFLY CLIPS EVER GO OUT OF FASHION?
I am unable to fault this hair style. Everytime I look at it, I hate myself for giving away my sparkly butterfly clips from 2006. So much so, that I actually bought a whole bunch of them again in order to assist my total transformation into Lizzie Mcguire. My total jealousy over Alicia Silverstone’s perfectly evenly spaced sections is yet to subside. The stray strands of hair resembling a wispy barcode-fringe? EVERYTHING.
NO SUCH THING AS TOO MUCH STOMACH.
High waisted who? Never heard of her. Everyone was malnourished in the name of fashion - after all, your stomach was the most vital part of your outfit. Oh pity on the poor souls who didn’t have a belly-button ring! As if her ENTIRE midriff isn’t enough of a statement, I also can’t tell you how much I am HERE for that asymmetrical shoulder moment that Paris is bringing to the table.
HAIR THAT LOOKS LIKE STREAKY BACON BUT MORE EMO: A GOOD IDEA.
I’m not going to even try to act like Christina Aguilera (or Xtina. Remember she called herself that for a while?…) didn’t INVENT this look. A dramatic combination of jet black underneath and platinum blonde on top was clearly the best way to give your hair ~ dimension ~. Literally NOTHING else screamed ‘ultimate goth gf’ like this hairstyle did. Xtina founded it, Avril Lavigne bettered it, and Xx_emo_sk8rgrls_xX around the world tried helplessly to DIY it in their bedrooms whilst listening to MCR on CD.
NOT IN THE SLIGHTEST BIT ATHLETIC, BUT YOU’D NEVER KNOW.
Even if you didn’t do sports, you had to look like you had just come out the gym (without a drop of sweat and head-to-toe in a matchy-matchy designer outfit - how else?). Aaliyah wins this one with her Tommy Hilfiger pants sagged so low that she could have been the first female member of Dipset. Note how she still has a belt though - I guess it’s the thought that counts?
CHAIN-MAIL. PARIS’ NIPPLE COVER IS SHOWING. BUT IT'S OKAY BECAUSE HER ENTIRE OUTFIT IS SPARKLY.
Forward to 15 people in the next 8 minutes or Paris Hilton in her 21st birthday glitter chainmail outfit will appear in your room at 3am tonight. There’s also something quite CASUAL about lil kim’s composition (far left), in which she rocked up to the Grammys wearing no trousers. Nobody questioned it though, because at least in this outfit, her weave was in 1 part. (see pic below from the 2001 VMAs, featuring lil kim’s wig laced to…well…the other half of lil kim’s wig…)