The '90s may get all the credit for being the best style decade to reminisce about, but the 2000s have a nostalgia-worthy fashion profile all their own. The early aughts gave us such style stars as Lucy Liu and Lauren Graham, and for this we are eternally grateful. As you scroll through your dashboards of #tbt photos all day, add these 13 pics into the mix of our favorite celebrities from the early 2000s — and then take a look at why we still adore them today.
Alicia is a devoted animal lover and vegan these days, but to this day, we still associate her with shopaholic valley girl Cher Horowitz (and any of the blond ingenues she played thereafter).
Mischa Barton defined SoCal style as Marisa Cooper on The OC from 2003 to 2006, with her wavy, highlighted locks and preppy miniskirts. On the red carpet, the actress was a free-spirited designer darling with a soft spot for flowing pastel dresses.
She was the It girl on The OC, and a major fashion icon for the better part of a decade, but don’t expect nostalgia from this star these days. Barton stated in an interview that she wished her name weren’t synonymous with the dramatic soap. Still, her vibrant, beachy, bohemian-princess style endures.
Melissa Joan Hart
Melissa Joan Hart
She’s a mother and star of a dubious ABC family sitcom now, but Melissa Joan Hart will always be Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Melissa Explains It All to me.
Lorelai Gilmore, er, Lauren Graham, sure taught us how to rock a pair of jeans and a button down in the early aughts.
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Now, the new mom owns bodycon dresses and gorgeous gowns on the red carpet.
Marla Sokoloff was a star of The Practice and the object of James Franco’s affection in the early 2000s, all while rocking slip dresses and jeans on the red carpet.
Yet another resurgent screen star is Lucy Liu, who won our hearts with her smart and stylish character in 2000’s Charlie’s Angels. Fast forward to 2014, and Liu is starring in television series Elementary. Add in her recent fashion triumphs including a floral Carolina Herrera ball gown at the 2013 Golden Globes and Roberto Cavalli at Paleyfest 2013, and we’d say she’s still one of our favorite female stars.
Her style has run the gamut, but I must say, I love her current insouciant style incarnation, from her cute crop to the leather accents and blazers she favors.
No, I don’t mean Beyoncé, we mean the female singing group formerly known as Destiny’s Child. The band’s semi-coordinated red carpet ensembles will forever have a place in our hearts, no matter how off-base they may have been.
For their Super Bowl halftime reunion show in 2013, the band again sported matching ensembles — still outrageous and amazing.
Gabrielle Union may have played my very favorite character in Bring It On, but she also happened to have a killer, quirky sense of style on the red carpet in the early 2000s.
The actress has since graduated to styles more sophisticated than cheerleading uniforms. Her red carpet style is glamorous, streamlined, and utterly covetable.
Today, Stiles graces the red carpet with beautifully pared-back, feminine styles.