Bright colors, aggressive patterns, and some seriously unusual denim defined early '00s style. To prove how far we've come since those early days of the new millennium, I’ve pulled together jeans from the early '00s that you loved then and would burn now. Or, hang onto them for twenty more years because the trends are bound to come back eventually, right?
As a '00s tween, the Limited Too catalog was essentially my fashion Bible growing up. I knew I anything the color-coordinating models with giant smiles had on belonged in my closet and I would save up every bit of allowance to make that happen. Looking back, did I really need all those camo denim pants and sparkly newsboy hats? Probably not.
Even if Limited Too and its magical denim offerings weren’t your thing, you’ll still recognize plenty of the pairs below. This glorious list also includes oodles of jeans from other “trendy” places of the early 2000s like Mudd and Aeropostale.
And hey, even if your jeans choices in the early '00s make you want to cry now, I’m willing to bet you had some epic memories in them. So scroll on, feel the nostalgia feels, and then set flame to any of them still hiding in your closet.
1. Lace-Up Jeans
The ultimate pair laced up not only at the crotch, but the flares as well. #Fancy
2. Jeans Without Pockets
So impractical. So popular.
3. Jeans With Bedazzled Pockets
In case you wanted to change things up from the whole no pockets trend, you could always opt for super in your face sparkly pockets!
4. Ultra Low-Rise Jeans
The early '00s took hip huggers to a whole new level.
5. Bootcut Jeans
While mega flares were popular among the younger crowd, bootcut jeans reigned supreme for anyone over fourteen.
6. Colored Jeans
Denim was cool in the early '00s. But pink denim? Squee.
7. Designer Jeans
Pretty much anything designer was the epitome of cool in 2002.
8. Super Short Denim Cut-Offs
Why did I own a million pairs of these?
9. Ruffled Denim Mini Skirts
OK, OK I know. It's a skirt. But don't tell me you didn't own one.
10. Jeans With Holes
The ultimate in cool, my parents never understood my desire to buy purposefully damaged jeans.
11. Jeans With Center Lines
Wait, why was this a thing again?
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