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    37 Crucial Back-To-School Things Every '00s Teenage Girl Had To Have

    Back when all you wanted was an LG flip phone and some new Victoria's Secret thongs.

    1. Starting off the school year with a killer one-shoulder bag.

    The more ~alt~ you were, the more patches you had.

    2. Spending your last days of summer rearranging your Myspace Top 8.

    You always left a spot for your bestie and your favorite band.

    3. Tearing the looks out of Teen People or Teen Vogue for outfits you wanted to try.

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    How else would we know what to wear at school this year?

    4. Begging your parents for a monogram bag to wear with every ensemble...

    Shoving tiny bags into our armpits was our favorite pastime.

    5. ...and if you were super lucky, you got ~THE ONE~.

    And by "super lucky," we mean rich. Or you sported a fake one.

    6. But if you were too cool for monogram bags, then picking up one of these for your keys and cash.

    It was also the perfect way to show off your BRAND-NEW driver's license.

    7. Buying about 99% of your back-to-school clothes from Abercrombie & Fitch.

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    If your graphic tee had a giant cut down the front, you were sooo on-trend.

    8. And grabbing a few tees that weren’t really school appropriate.

    Or life appropriate, TBH.

    9. Then carefully saving the shopping bags so that you could cover your textbooks with them.

    "Abercrombie" HAD to line up with the book spine or else you'd have to redo the entire thing.

    10. If you shopped for jeans at the mall, these were your go-to low-rise, flared jeans of choice.

    They were also probably 2 inches too long and dragged everywhere.

    11. ...But if you were hella bougie, you got the good stuff.

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    You'd do basically anything to get that iconic logo on the front pocket.

    12. Begging your parents for your own personal Dell desktop for school reasons, obviously.

    Hey, we can't share the family computer forever.

    13. Going to your local sporting goods store to pick up some Soffe shorts for gym class, but really you wore them to all your classes.

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    And, duh, you had to roll down the waist band three times to get the perfect short length.

    14. You'd add a couple of fresh Paul Frank pieces to your tee collection.

    Bonus if you got PJs and stickers too.

    15. Getting a clear, slip-front binder to collage the fuck out of.

    You'd spend your last few days of freedom cutting out pics of your best friends and pasting them next to your magazine crushes.

    16. Going to Target or the drug store to stock up on shimmery white eyeshadow to wear with lip gloss every single day.

    If you had extra time in the morning, you'd line your bottom waterline in black.

    17. Begging your mom to take you to the salon to get chunky highlights.

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    Or having your friend do it, and ending up with a weird reddish-yellow tint on every blonde strand.

    18. Getting a Mystic spray tan to convince everyone you had an amazing summer.

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    But really you'd just look like a more orange version of yourself.

    19. And if your parents didn't give you permission for the spray tan, than slathering yourself in this smelly stuff:

    It was streaky and smelly, but you had to be TAN AF.

    20. Trying to snag a Tiffany's charm necklace to show everyone how cool you were that year.

    But we all knew which ones were fake. :(

    21. But if you couldn't get a Tiffany necklace, then rocking the hell out of a PacSun puka shell necklace.

    It went with everything from polos and peasant tops to spaghetti strap tanks and ironic tees.

    22. Asking your parents to buy you a case of blank CDs to burn schoolwork on. (But really it was just to burn all your friend's/sister's/brother's/literally whoever's CDs so you could build an amazing car music collection.)

    And you'd store them in one of those giant cases to show off your great music taste.

    23. Finding ribbons to wrap a bow around the tucked bun you'd wear almost every day of the school year.

    Oh, and the higher the bun, the better.

    24. Picking up a fresh new Juicy Tube for the school year.

    Nothing compared to this gloss.

    25. Learning all the hacks on your TI-83 before class starts so you could show off to your friends.

    How else would we know about the "55378008" trick?

    26. Buying several color-clashing Hollister polos to wear layered, or just on their own.

    And you'd pop the collars, of course.

    27. And grabbing brand new foam flip-flop platform sandals in multiple colors — even if you could only wear them for two weeks before the weather got bad.

    You had to get a new pair since your summer ones were all worn down and gross.

    28. Making sure you had lots of these Listerine strips to stash in your purse, locker, and backpack.

    Didn't want to run into your crush with Flaming Hot Cheeto breath.

    29. Asking your parents for a brand-new phone — preferably a flip phone with A CAMERA.

    The photos were grainy as hell, but nothing made you cooler than having a phone with a camera.

    30. Figuring out what your "signature scent" would be the upcoming semester.

    And trying to make sure it wasn't one your BFFs wore.

    31. Adding some variety to your scents with Victoria's Secret body sprays.

    It was all about Love Spell.

    32. Using back-to-school shopping as an excuse to buy lots of Victoria's Secret thongs.

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    But honestly, they were a deal: 5 for $25!!!!

    33. Buying locker organizers and accessories 'cause this year you wanted to personalize it and make everyone envy it.

    LOL, then really never using any of it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    34. Adding metallic Sharpies to your back-to-school supplies list, even though you knew you'd never use them for school work.

    Really it was just to write on folders, CDs, and book covers.

    35. Buying a few packs of these 'cause you told yourself you'd be more organized this semester.

    They really were just for show and you never used them past the first week of the semester. But they looked pretty.

    36. Making sure your composition books were colorful AF.

    Why have the basic one when you can have the one that pops?

    37. And finally, selecting the perfect brand-new AOL screen name 'cause your old one was just not you anymore.


    "Ugh, I had to change my screen name, my old one, Mrs.Kutcher349, was so LAME."