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    29 Pictures That Prove 2002 Was The Year That Fashion Died

    RIP fashion.

    1. 2002 was the year that Christina Aguilera decided that a scarf and a belt constituted a full outfit.

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    2. It was an era in which The Cat in the Hat was deeply influential, as Alicia Keys proved.

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    3. Colour-coding was important – nay, essential – as all Britney Spears aficionados understood.

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    Remember when Crossroads gave you all the life goals you ever wanted?

    4. Lindsay Lohan taught us all that loungewear, including flip-flops, was more versatile than we had previously thought.

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    And the scarf. Oh, the scarf.

    5. Who didn't love a good, silk bomber jacket and matching bra combo, as championed by Jordan?

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    It was clearly also the year hair salons sold out of extensions.

    6. Paris Hilton showed us all that crotch-skimming corsets were the natural accompaniment to gypsy skirts and crucifixes.

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    7. It was the year that Tara Reid proved that crocheted cosies weren't just for keeping teapots warm.

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    8. And we suddenly discovered that we'd been using plasters all wrong, thanks to Nelly.

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    Oh, Elastoplast must have made a killing.

    9. J.Lo showed us that even if we weren't "gangsters", we could still do the whole "one leg up, one leg down" thing to perfection.

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    10. Shakira's shipwreck chic was the height of sophistication.

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    To say nothing of crotch amplification.

    11. Gwen Stefani and André 3000 confused the world when they went around dressed as pirate schoolchildren who had been caught up in fishing nets.

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    12. Mutya Buena took girlband attire to another level with this leather waistcoat and shorts combo.

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    13. In fact, the Sugababes as a whole really personified the UK’s take on 2002 with their bindis, scarf tops, and bootcut jeans.

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    14. While David Beckham led the way for British men in the hair accessories department.

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    15. It was a simpler time when no one, and especially not Gareth Gates, was judged for their stiff, spiky hairdos.

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    And let's not forget this spectacular pinstripe-bubble-pattern combo.

    16. It was the year that Kylie Minogue turned up to MTV Spring Break dressed as a carwash cylinder.

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    17. Lil' Kim predated Justin Bieber in rocking the red-carpet look on the red carpet.

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    18. Nick Carter matched his polo neck to his lenses and tips, because it was the done thing.

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    19. The hearts of elderly ladies everywhere were set a-fluttering when Brad Pitt wore this gardening hat out in public.

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    20. Mariah Carey was confident that the whole Texan cow girlthing was the right look to go for.

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    21. And Christina Milian was OK with dressing like a ripped-apart squirrel.

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    22. Cameron Diaz decided a beach towel was the very height of fashion inspiration.

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    23. Early '00s catwalks were a hive of creative talent, with Naomi Campbell championing the wearing of embroidered carpets.

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    24. Selma Blair went around in a red fly-curtain...because she could.

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    25. We reached peak waistcoat in 2002 when Cher stepped out wearing what looked like a bejewelled, dead butterfly.

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    26. The fact is that in 2002, less WAS less, as Carmen Electra proved.

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    27. Nothing impressed us more than Shania Twain's transparent catsuit and studded belt.

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    28. Sheryl Crow's love of near-nakedness and animal skin dominated carpets across the globe.

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    29. And after Traci Bingham's legs got slayed by a plastic-loving tiger, fashion was officially dead.

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