Jessica Simpson's 2005 VMAs Look Was Emblematic Of The Entire Early '00s Era

Long gone are the days of the early 2000s when it comes to fashion trends (thank goodness), but there are still certain stand out looks from the era that can be remembered fondly, like Jessica Simpson's 2005 VMAs outfit. Of course, you loved it, but it wasn’t so much because it was super trendy, per se. It was mainly that she was wearing it. Remember when you all thought Nick Lachey and Simpson would last forever? I’m still not completely over it.

In 2005, the third season of Newlyweds had just wrapped and you were still laughing about whether “Chicken of the Sea” was actually chicken or tuna. On the VMAs red carpet that year, Simpson amped up the sex appeal because she was a totally new woman, you guys. She wore a pair of really short shorts (which became something of a signature as she later took on the role of Daisy Duke inThe Dukes of Hazzard) and not much else, considering her back and bra were completely exposed.

In the age of halter tops and low riding jeans, this look was not only totally acceptable for the red carpet, it was downright coveted by those who were watching.

Take a look back at the outfit — and relationship that was, because Simpson and Lachey's split really was the end of an era.

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Here she is with her sexy self.

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Who didn't love these two?

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Now she's with her best accessory, IMO.

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Giving so much shoulder. And is that her bra I see? Gasp!

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Here's a full view of the back of her top, or lack there of.

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She is killing it with that hair and those accessories. In the 2000s it was the more accessories, the better, right?

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Ugh, they were so cute!

And just for old time's sake:

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I just had to. Were those the good old days, or what?