The early 2000s were easily one of the most influential eras of fashion. The gaudy style and questionable pieces were maybe a little eccentric, but the style would influence the fashion world for decades. Here are 10 iconic outfits from the early 2000s:
1. Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker rocks this dress designed by Oscar De La Renta at the Emmy Awards. This form fitting and unique dress is the perfect dress for the actress who plays the fashionable Carrie Bradshaw in the hit TV show “Sex and the City.” The feminine silhouette of this dress is undeniably iconic. The bubblegum pink girl fully embodies the Y2K trend of fun colors and funky silhouettes. Sarah Jessica Parker sports many unique outfits, but this look from the early 2000s definitely tops them all.
2. Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake
We cannot discuss iconic Y2K outfits without addressing Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake’s wild canadian tuxedoes for the 2001 MTV American Music Awards. These looks are the definitely very iconic even for those who did not grow up in the early 2000s. Denim on denim was a huge trend in the early 2000s, Spears and Timberlake took this trend and ran with it. Timberlake’s funky denim cowboy hat and Spears’ unique form-fitting denim dress creates embodies the funky, yet memorable aspects of these outfits. This red carpet look is one of the most iconic outfits of the early 2000s.
3. Christina Aguilera
This wild look by Christina Aguilera at the 2000 VH1 Music Awards effectively captures form-fitting and sexy trend of the early 2000s. This revealing and spicy outfit is one of the most iconic Y2K red carpet outfits. Not to mention Aguilera’s crimped hair with pink streaks which was a huge hairstyle trend at the time. This look definitely captures the funky and sexy style of the early 2000s. Christina Aguilera has a variety of crazy red carpet outfits, but this look from the VH1 Music Awards is one of her most memorable moments.
4. Jessica Simpson
This matching leopard print set from the 2000s is undeniably captures the popularity of animal prints in the early 2000s. The low-rise pants and scoop-neck top fully captured the spicy silhouettes of Y2K. Simpson’s hair also resembles the iconic early 2000s hairstyles. It was common for celebrities to wear more casual outfits on the red carpet in the early 2000s. Simpson captures the whole informal, sexy, and wild vibe of the Y2K aesthetic. The is one of the most memorable outfits of the 2000s.
5. Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen
These sexy business casual looks from 2001 are iconic outfits of the early 2000s. The casual take on workwear was a huge trend in the early 2000s. Ashley and Mary-Kate sport some low-rise dress pants with a casual halter tank top to fully capture the business casual outfits on the red carpet. They pair their outfits with some kitten heels to really elevate the outfits. Mary-Kate and Ashley are Y2K fashion idols with a variety of memorable outfits, but this look is one of their most iconic.
6. Hillary Duff
Hillary Duff is a fashion icon of the early 2000s. The look from 2001 is one of her most iconic outfits. The beautiful pink dress fully embodies the feminine and dainty aesthetic of the early 2000s. Not to mention Duff’s scrunchie in her hair, precious trendy shoulder bag, and iconic kitten heels. Hillary Duff is one of the most stylish and iconic fashion idols of this time. Her bubbly and sweet personality during her teen years is definitely evident in many of her red carpet looks. This look is definitely a memorable outfit from the 2000s red carpet.
7. Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson is undeniably a fashion icon of the early 2000s. Her outfits are all very fun and wild which fully captures the free spirit of the 2000s. This iconic red pleather set is one of the most memorable moments on the red carpet. Pleather was a huge trend of the early 2000s and Simpson shows this popular trend with this memorable wild outfit. The form-fitting corset and rose detail on the pants elevates this unforgettable look. The bright red color is bold and sexy to create an undeniably iconic look.
8. Destiny’s Child
Destiny’s Child always rocked some iconic outfits. Their style was undeniably inspirational in the early 2000s. Destiny’s Child not only empowered women through their music, but also their fashion sense. Their funky and fun fashion sense influenced a plethora of young girls to dress more confidently. This iconic look shows the trio in matching outfits. They sport low-rise lace-up jeans with matching crop tops. This is one of the most influential Y2K outfits. Many people take inspiration from looks similar to these for the Y2k trend these past few years.
9. Paris Hilton
We can’t discuss Y2K without talking about the iconic fashion idol, Paris Hilton. Her outfits are always sexy and fun with bright colors and funky silhouettes. She plays around with unique asymmetrical hems and fun mesh tops to create a fun spicy outfit. The low-rise silhouette and cropped tank show some extra skin for a sexy look. Paris Hilton has a variety of hip outfits in the early 2000s, but this is one of her most iconic red carpet looks.
10. Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan is also an iconic fashion idol for the early 2000s. Many of her red carpet looks capture the variety of Y2K trends. She rocks the red carpet in low-rise jeans and a button-up to fully capture the business-casual trend. She layers with a variety of pieces such as tanks and corsets to add some dimension and elevate her outfits. Lohan also pairs her look with some timeless pointed heels and iconic Y2K rectangular sunglasses. Her red carpet outfits are definitely iconic looks from the early 2000s.