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

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

Christina Aguilera

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Can we call this “black tie tankini?”

Britney Spears

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

Lacey Chabert

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

Hilary Duff & Amanda Bynes

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The poster girls for shrunken shirts circa 2003.

Alexa Vega

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

Britney, again...

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

Jessica Biel

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

Jojo

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

Ashlee Simpson

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

More Avril... It's necessary.

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Rock on, hip bones.

Vanessa Minnillo

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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?

Rihanna

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Oh, Rih. You had such good intentions.

Cristina Milian

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

Britney Spears

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