We’ve all made some baaaad fashion choices in our lives, and the worst part is, at the time, you’re like, “This is a great fashion decision and I will never regret this outfit choice ever! I am invincible!” Ten years ago, teens thought they dressed great. Cut to ten years later, and they’ve probably all changed their minds. Let’s take a look back at some of the fashion choices they’re now regretting.
It wasn’t a skirt. It wasn’t a skort. It was gaucho pants! There was nothing more heartbreaking than seeing an amazing looking skirt at Urban Outfitters, then discovering that they were gaucho pants. But honestly, who doesn’t want to look like a South American cowboy?
Terry cloth track suits were basically just clothes made out of a towel. They were worn by teenagers, Paris Hiltons, and aging trophy wives all across the country. They were almost the uniform of the leisure class. Because, you know, you can just spend all day in a track suit when you have so much money you don’t have to have a job.
Low Rise Jeans
In the mid-to-late aughts, jeans began to sit low. But like, dangerously low. Like so low that one wrong move and you’d end up flash your beave to your entire science class. Flashing your stuff while wearing pants is actually kind of an accomplishment if you think about it, because that’s now how pants are supposed to work.
Since low rise jeans were in, eventually visible thongs would follow. It’s the natural evolution of fashion — low riding pants = visible underwear = the decision to make that visible underwear a “thing” = visible thongs are a fashion statement. Logic!
Rolled Soffe Shorts
In 2007, cheerleading shorts weren’t just for cheerleaders. There were for everyone… provided you made your shorts as short as possible by rolling down the waistband as much as you could. Officially, you’re supposed to roll them over just once, but teenagers used to roll them as much as humanly possible. It was pretty much the girl version of popping your polo collar.
Sweatpants with Writing on the Butt
Ten years ago, teenagers used to advertise all sorts of things by writing it across their butt on their sweatpants. Are you a dancer? Let everyone know with the word “dancer” on your butt! Is your name “Meghan”? Put it on your butt! Are you a senior in the class of ’07? Spread it across those cheeks for all to see! Not only was it a fashion statement, it was an effective form of communication. I’m kind of legit surprised it didn’t replace texting or morse code.
Denim Mini Skirts with Leggings
Sometimes you want to show off your legs by wearing a mini skirt. But sometimes you get cold. Want to have your cake and eat it too? Then slip a pair of leggings under that mini skirt and you’re good to go circa 2007! And in case you were wondering, yes, teenagers paired this look with flip flops. Don’t try to make sense of it. Just accept it.
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