The current attitude toward style is all about comfort, with athleisure and beloved basics like blazers and white blouses grabbing our attention. As such, the fashion trends of the 2000s feel like they belong on a totally different planet. While we loved them back then, let’s be real: There’s a whole group that we wouldn’t be caught dead in today. If you were to set off on a style-based sociological study of Americans, you could do no better field research than to hone in on Kim Kardashian West and former BFF Paris Hilton. Smack in the middle of this millennium’s first decade, they were creating and embracing trends like nobody’s business (all the pictures below are from 2006).
Herewith, a glance back at what we were all shopping ten years ago.
Tiny halter tops with a bikini-inspired construction made for many a going-out top or dress.
Sat low on the hips or directly at your waist, the thick belt was one of the decade’s biggest accessories. The size difference felt major when the skinny variety began to reign supreme post-The Simple Life.
The tucked hem earned a spot as #5 on our list of college-era items that we’d never wear today. It made for the trendiest silhouette around when these two ruled, but feels dated when seen today.
And we don’t just mean metallic. The 2000s were when the oversize bag became a thing, completely surpassing the toting-capacity of all styles that came before. Logomania was hitting hard too, making these matching purses a triple threat (huge, metallic, and covered with those famous LVs).
Chances are you spent high school or college searching for the perfect cropped jacket, right? The look was worn exactly as spotted on Kim: over a plain tank and with boot-cut jeans.
The decade’s socialites took the vest from mom-style staple to something decidedly cool, wearing them short and typically open (plus, let’s give a shout-out to those hats and printed cargo pants).