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An Ode To Terrible 2000s Fashion

This is for you. This is for all of us.

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I have a weird nostalgia for the 2000s, including the fashion of that time. Which is conflicting, because the fashion wasn't so great.


Like everyone, I went through a bunch of phases. For example, in the early 2000s, I wore exclusively Aéropostale. Everything I wore had to say "Aéropostale" on it.

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The people HAVE to know where I got these extremely unique and unattainable threads.


Included in the American Eagle ensemble was a pair of ridiculously low-rise flare jeans. They were so fucking low that it makes me uncomfortable to see them in photos.

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I remember having to desperately yank them up all the time, while simultaneously pulling my too-short shirt down (another weird 2000s thing, I might add) so my butt wasn't hanging out for all to see in the cafeteria. I pulled those jeans up so many times that one of the belt loops broke off. What kind of hell was this?!

By the time I was in 12th grade, I had relented to having maybe one or two items in my wardrobe that were from thrift stores (God forbid!) rather than exclusively straight-from-the-mall horrors. But overall, still bad.

By around 2006, my style took a turn. Not really for the worse, because it was already pretty garbage. I decided I wanted to be emo, or more artsy, or something. I don't know.

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I was actually considering using this for my senior photo, but we eventually just got it done at Sears.

Just so everyone knew I was definitely going to art school, I cut my hair and dyed my bangs red (but just underneath, so it wasn't too edgy).

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This drawing makes my hair look significantly better than it did in real life.

Then, the late 2000s rolled around. And in the wake of our mid-2000s mistakes, we gained a whole set of other fashion problems, like an awkward leggings obsession, and Kate Gosselin hair.

Just think. Someday all our 2000s clothes will be in a museum. And rightly so — they deserve to be ogled at in confusion.

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And with any luck, they will never, ever come back in style again.