We really can't blame you too much, girl, because fashion in the early 2000s was just a mess. You weren't the culprit behind these horrible fashions, but you were a victim. Just like so many of us. Let's face it – as fond as we are of our memories from the early 2000s, we have to admit that the fashion was questionable at best. I mean, come on – a dress over jeans!? Who ever thought that this was a good idea?
What's weirder: Combining two articles of clothing that don't need to be combined, or the fact that there was once a time when people didn't hate Anne Hathaway for no reason?
We wanted comfy loungewear, but we were still a few years away from discovering yoga pants. That's where gaucho pants came in. Sure, they made you look like a genie, but for some reason they were still fashionable.
But, for those of us who did own a pair or two of gaucho pants (guilty as charged), we kinda have to admit that they were comfy AF. They were just the right amount of stretchy and breezy, but they were considered dressier than sweatpants. We've all heard the phrase, "Put lipstick on a pig." Well, that's what gaucho pants were, essentially. They were the lipstick on sweatpants, and boy, we sure are glad the world finally realized that that lipstick was U-G-L-Y.
Diamonds are a girl's best friend, and Ugg boots are a velour tracksuit's best friend. Throw in some hoop earrings and you're ready for an afternoon at the mall with some girl named Madison, probably.
I mean, if you didn't have the words "Juicy" or "Pink" written across your bum, were you even basic? You have to hand it to the 2000s, though – it definitely recognized the importance of comfort. Thankfully, today it's acceptable to wear yoga pants out in public, but even stretchy yoga pants can't hold a torch to velour tracksuits in terms of comfort. Velour tracksuits are literally just uber-cozy pajamas that have been bedazzled so people will think they're acceptable to wear to school, the grocery store, the mall, etc. When in reality, you definitely should never leave your house in one of these.
In the 2000s, we were always prepared to go from pants to shorts in just a moment's notice. You never knew when the weather was going to change on a dime, so fortunately the fashion industry came up with a genius solution... that has thankfully stayed in the 2000s.
You didn't need any athletic abilities to look like you were in an athletic club! You just needed 50 dollars to spend on an overpriced t-shirt and the will to walk into Abercrombie without suffocating on that scent – you know the one.
14. Layering a Regular T-Shirt Over a Long-Sleeved Shirt
The long-sleeved/short-sleeved combination was deceivingly not for all body types, which is why it was my goal in life to be able to pull that look off. Fine, let's be realistic, it still is my goal in life.
There was a surprising amount of fishnets in the early 2000s, and I'm glad we can all agree now that it was too much. Unless you're wearing a Halloween costume that requires fishnets or you're in a burlesque show, fishnets should stay at the very, very back of your closet.