Skip To Content

    26 Pictures Showing What Fashion Was Like From The Years 2001 To 2002 That We Don’t Really Ever Talk About

    I think about this all the time.

    1. Patriotic fashion is the biggest fashion trend of the early 2000s that we don't talk about nearly enough.

    american flag things for sale
    Chris Hondros / Getty Images

    2. From 2001–2002*, every celebrity and every person was wearing something, anything, with an American flag on it.

    a woman with a flag shirt
    Steve Granitz / WireImage / Getty Images

    *It was obviously in response to 9/11. 

    3. Like, I'm pretty sure every single girl I went to high school with had this T-shirt:

    american flag shirt
    Mario Tama / Getty Images

    4. From American flag beanies...

    guy in a beanie
    Evan Agostini / Getty Images

    5. ...to American flag tank tops...

    woman in a tank
    Gregg Deguire / WireImage / Getty Images

    6. ...to FDNY caps.

    rob schneider in fdny gear
    Jason Kirk / Getty Images

    7. "God Bless the USA" was the gold standard for graphic tees.

    woman in a god bless usa shirt
    Kevin Winter / Getty Images

    8. Celebrities would show up to events wearing American flag bandanas, belt buckles...honestly, whatever they could get their hands on. For example, here are the Backstreet Boys:

    Alex Wong / Getty Images

    9. Hilary Duff wore a simple American flag tee:

    Gregg Deguire / WireImage / Getty Images

    10. Destiny's Child wore this "American flag pants (by Tina)" ensemble:

    Kmazur / WireImage / Getty Images

    11. Lance Bass added to the discourse with his Old Navy look:

    american flag old navy look
    Kevin Kane / WireImage / Getty Images

    12. Traci Bingham pointed out her patriotism with this charm:

    Steve Granitz / WireImage / Getty Images

    13. Pink opted for "Freedom":

    shes wearing a freedom shirt
    Kmazur / WireImage / Getty Images

    14. Mariah Carey had this bedazzled flag off-the-shoulder top:

    Lee Celano / AFP via Getty Images

    15. Sisqo wore a Band-Aid on his face and an American flag bandana on his head:

    Steve Granitz / WireImage / Getty Images

    16. Nicole Richie did a sparkly flag top:

    J. Vespa / WireImage / Getty Images

    17. And Jamie-Lynn Sigler went the FDNY route:

    Lawrence Lucier / Getty Images

    18. Nicki Hilton wore a spray paint tank of the Twin Towers:

    New York Daily News Archive / NY Daily News via Getty Images

    19. Vivica A. Fox went with a bandana and bedazzled tee:

    Maury Phillips Archive / WireImage / Getty Images

    20. Halle Berry went full flag dress:

    Eric Robert / Sygma via Getty Images

    21. Jessica Simpson tried a tank top flag turtleneck and a chunky flag belt:

    The Sporting News / Sporting News via Getty Images

    22. Isaac Hayes went with a flag tunic:

    Frank Trapper / Corbis via Getty Images

    23. And this woman just wore a whole flag:

    Frank Trapper / Corbis via Getty Images

    24. Basically, after 9/11, everything and everyone was patriotic.

    J. Vespa / WireImage / Getty Images

    25. It was something that defined the immediate post-9/11 time period.

    J. P. Aussenard / WireImage / Getty Images

    26. And something that was really, truly, everywhere.

    Allan Tannenbaum / Getty Images

    Nostalgia Trip

    Take a trip down memory lane that’ll make you feel nostalgia AF

    Newsletter signup form