10 Iconic WAG Moments That Are Peak ‘00s

VB’s waistcoat lives in my head rent-free, tbh.

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Sure, we remember the sporting heartache, and the fact that football unfortunately did not come home, but the most iconic squad of the 2006 World Cup in my opinion? The unforgettable Wives-and-Girlfriends of the Eng-er-land team. Reigning WAG queen? Victoria Beckham, of course.

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From teetering Louboutins to larger-than-life bags (and sunglasses) firmly in the crook of their elbows – as perfectly posed by VB herself here– the “WAGs” as that had been affectionately crowned in the UK press, earned more tabloid inches throughout the tournament than their sporting paramours.
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There wasn’t a shopping trip or night out that went undocumented by the paprazzi, meaning we got full access to the now-iconic 00s lewks sported by the WAGs. Fast-forward 15 years and we’re still obsessed with these unforgettable fashion moments of the 2006 World Cup.
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As wife of then-captain David Beckham, Victoria was the undisputed leader. Second-in-line to the WAG throne? Ashley Cole’s then-girlfriend, Cheryl Tweedy. The trip became an iconic sartorial moment.
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Then there was Coleen McLoughlin (Wayne Rooney’s then-fiancée), Alex Curran (Steven Gerrard’s then-wife), Elen Rivas (Frank Lampard’s then-wife), Toni Poole (John Terry’s then-girlfriend) and Carly Zucker (Joe Cole’s then-girlfriend) staying at the £1,000-a-night Brenners Park Hotel in Baden-Baden.
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With a uniform of shorter-than-short denim hot pants and vest tops with “England Rocks” slogans, combined with caramel highlights in blown-out hair and a tan that said “I summer in St. Tropez”, the WAGs earned a reputation for going out and splashing their rich footballer partners’ cash.
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The media “frenzy” surrounding the WAGs was so much that they were eventually deemed a “distraction” and were blamed for the England squad’s poor performance (sure, it was nothing to do with Rooney's 62nd-minute red card that reduced the team to 10 men against Portugal in the quarter-final).
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Accusations aside, what I was distracted by was the white teeth and all-white outfits (and the even whiter manicured french tips), the perilously high wedge peep-toes, the low-slung jeans and bra-bearing vest tops, Cheryl Tweedy’s baker boy cap and boots, and VB’s parade of enormous sunglasses.
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Even the then-girlfriend of England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson (yes, of the song) got in on the action, ticking off several noughties trends in just one look: baker boy hat? Check. Platform heels? Check. A-line strappy dress á la Disney red carpet? Huge bag? Chunky jewellery? You get the gist.
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Sadly (or gladly, depending on how you look at ‘00s fashion), some of these iconic trends are making a comeback. From tailored waistcoats and shorts, to boho-chic style, get ready to see copycat lewks on the high street soon, proving that the class of 2006 WAGs’ style once again reigns supreme.