The 24 Most Horrifying, Bedazzled Trendlets of the Early Aughts


Does anything really happen in the last two weeks of the year? If it did, would you care? Welcome to Brain Dead Fortnight, two weeks of mental vacation.

As the early 2000s fade into sepia, it’s increasingly hard to recall a span of time wherein multiple skinny belts were deployed to hold up a single pair of pants. It was an era when studs and crystals waged a reign of terror against defenseless velour. In honor of Brain Dead Fortnight, the Cut has unearthed some of the most notable examples of the costumes of the day and placed them in their proper historical context.

Click through our slideshow to relive this (mercifully) bygone era, with special appearances from P!nk, Hilary Duff, and, of course, Paris and Nicole.

The 24 Scariest Trends of the Early Aughts