The summer of 2002 saw Avril Lavigne's release of "Sk8er Boi," and the tie over tank top movement was born. If you paired your tie with a studded belt, and had chunky neon red highlights, you definitely rocked the early 2000s "punk" look.
If pseudo-punk rock wasn't your style, you might have worn head-to-toe Abercrombie & Fitch and plucked your eyebrows super thin for the ultimate prepster look. If you were a guy, you looked to NSYNC for their cooler than cool frosted tips and denim jackets. All of these fashion statements were totally cool back in the aughts...but nowadays, they're seen as total fashion fails.
From butterfly clips to JNCO jeans, bedazzled thongs to K-Swiss shoes, Ed Hardy polo shirts to Crocs, check out this list of regrettable 2000s fashion trends and reminisce about the most cringeworthy styles from early '00s fashion.
Vote up the most cringeworthy 2000s fashion trends below.
Low-Rise Jeans with a Thong ExposedFor some reason, it was socially acceptable and totally trendy to walk around with your thong hanging out of your pants. The 2000s were a very odd time.5,3621,918Are you cringing?
- How we ever thought wearing clown-esque bellbottom Jnco jeans was okay to do is beyond us, and yet, they've still somehow managed to make a comeback.5,1972,023Are you cringing?
Pencil-Thin, Painted on EyebrowsEven Gwen Stefani, the Queen of Pop can't pull off this look.4,0891,736Are you cringing?
Hairpiece Scrunchies for Added VolumePhoto: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BYVery rarely did these scrunchies end up matching your actual hair color - the end result more accurately resembled a small marmoset sleeping on the back of your ponytail.3,6312,119Are you cringing?