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17 Bare Midriffs of the Early 2000s That Attempted Sexy, But Were Just Plain Awkward

Mark my words. I will eject myself from civilization the day society deems the ultra-low rise, pubic-bone baring jeans of my youth cool again. Born of the Abercrombie generation, the bare midriff trend of the early 2000s was a cultural fluke to say the least. For a few years there, design proportions were just off. Shirts were just too short and pants were far too low, leaving the midriff open to a chilly draft at any given moment. Not to point fingers, but I blame Britney.

Let's travel back in time to an age of chandelier belly button rings, grommeted belts, and casual butt-crack. Get a load of these 17 awkward moments from the early 2000s midriff trend, and you'll never take a crop top with a high-waisted jean for granted ever again.

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Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay’s torso and her legs have dissociative identity disorder in this look.

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Christina Aguilera

Can we call this “black tie tankini?”

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Britney Spears

This shirt is literally meant for an 18-month-old with freakishly long arms.

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Lacey Chabert

Business on the top and bottom; party in the middle.

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Hilary Duff & Amanda Bynes

The poster girls for shrunken shirts circa 2003.

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Alexa Vega

You know your waistband should be higher when you can see your tanline. Just saying.

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Britney, again...

Guhh, is she wearing a horse bridal as a belt?

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Rihanna

Peek-a-boo boy shorts.

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Jessica Biel

Despite her sweater, Jessica Biel is rapidly losing heat through her happy-trail region.

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Jojo

“A few inches of lower abdomen” should’ve been Jojo’s debut album title.

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Ashlee Simpson

Just a little more fabric, and you’re good.

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Avril Lavigne

UGHH, THIS!!

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More Avril... It's necessary.

Rock on, hip bones.

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Vanessa Minnillo

Was I the only one who went to middle and high school with a throng of girls dressed just like Vanessa Minnillo in this picture?

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Rihanna

Oh, Rih. You had such good intentions.

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Cristina Milian

Everyone’s got front row seats to the sparkly belly button ring and cargo pant show.

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Britney Spears

Britney’s upper pubic bone: MTV VJ at-large.

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