When I take the time to think about what a hot mess I was in middle school I’m reminded of a line from the award-winning musical Hamilton which goes, “Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now.” And you may ask, “Was that just an excuse to pigeonhole a Hamilton reference in everything you do?” To which the answer would be yes. And you might also ask, “Do you legitimately believe that?” To chich the answer is still yes.
Because in all honesty, I don’t know why in the year 2016, we are desperately trying to walk down an early 2000s themed memory lane. Are we really that thirsty for sassy graphic T’s, Good Charlotte, and pink Razors? Luckily for us, not all early 2000s fashion is as cringe worthy as my Myspace in 2005. So bump some sick boy band tunes, and get ready to take an inventory of the early 2000s trends that we should keep and a few we should ditch.
Keep: Crop Tops
I hope crop tops are a trend that never dies. And you can absolutely quote me on that. Crop tops are versatile and flattering on everyone. However, the line of fashionable crop top wear is a thin one indeed. What makes this item "totally early 2000s" is the bottoms that we choose to wear with them. If baggy boyfriend jeans or *gasp* camo cargos are calling your name, so is 2002.
Ditch: Low Rise Jeans
Why are we putting ourselves through this kind of torture all over again? Unless you’re Britney Spears a la Hit Me Baby One More Time, and you’re accepting a Teen Choice Award surfboard, low rise jeans are not comfy or flattering.
Keep: “Peasant Tops”
Peasant tops have come a long way since I had to ask my mom for a ride to the mall. Now the more appropriate form of this time-tested lil’ number is its dress form.
Ditch: Bubble Skirts
Selena Gomez was photographed in a skirt of the bubble variety about a year a go (Said skirt was Luis Vuitton btw) and although she looked great, the very notion of the bubble skirt coming back went over just as well as her #Swiftgate tweets.
Keep: Baby Doll Dresses
If there’s one style that lasted longer than 3D Doritos, it’s baby doll dresses, so don’t be afraid to thrift shop for this number, - chances are you can get a very cute one for a very cute price.
Today’s track suits are very different from the pink velour Juicy tracksuits of our youth, however, that doesn’t mean that track suits are a complete or fashionable look. If you’re going to rock a track suit, add a little flare - And for the love of God, please don’t wear a pair of UGGs.
Keep: Spaghetti Strap Formal Wear
Blame it on all of the Sex and The City I’ve been watching lately. But for me, there’s nothing that still screams city dwelling style expert like a perfectly executed slip dress with spaghetti straps.