By Sarah Mann
Elm Staff Writer
Celebrities are often the first to wear new trends and take risks with their clothing. While some outfits are inspiring, others are so unusual they’re funny. Check out some celebrity outfits that have really missed the mark below. (As far as I know, none of these were performance outfits—otherwise their odd outfits might have gotten a pass.)
1. Double Denim
Of course, topping the list we have Britney and Justin’s outfits from the 2001 American Music Awards. This is the most extreme form of matching couple outfits, and Britney and Justin went all out and fully embraced the denim. Britney accessorized with a denim purse, and Justin styled his Canadian tuxedo with a matching denim fedora. I repeat, a matching denim fedora. Just let that sink in for a minute. Britney’s dress also appeared to be patched together with swatches from multiple pairs of jeans. I do believe it’s possible to pull off a look with multiple denim pieces in it, but this just goes to show that dedication doesn’t always pay off. Sometimes the best thing you can do is to be lazy and mismatch your clothes a little bit.
2. Fur Everything
Why was fur trim ever a big trend? I still don’t understand the appeal of looking like you killed multiple animals just to decorate the hem of your jeans or jacket. In 2001, Paris Hilton wore this fur halter top (not just fur-trimmed, completely fur) with a nice pair of low-cut, flared, slit, fur-trimmed jeans and some matching leather platform sandals. The fur on her top and jeans matched too. I just hope it was faux.
3. Jeans With No Waistband
Okay, I guess I was too young to know about this trend when it first gained popularity, and I truly cannot figure it out now, logistically. How did they get their jeans on, yet have them tight enough not to fall off their waists? Was this only for celebrities who could pay someone to carefully cut their waistband off once they had their snugly fitted jeans already on? What if you had to wash them? There would be fray all over the place. I know you might not believe me, but P!nk was one of the many celebrities to wear this look in 2000.
4. Big Cargo Pants
Avril Lavigne was very much into these in the early 2000s, especially striped ones. In 2003, she paired black and pink cargo pants with a matching lace-up top, skate shoes, and her signature black wristbands. We’ve cycled through lots of different pant silhouettes in the past few years, from skinny jeans to palazzo pants to the resurgence of flares, so who knows. Maybe big cargo pants will be the next big thing. I mean, Kim Possible made them work.
5. Belts Over Shirts or Pants
Celebrities in the 2000s must’ve had very well fitted pants, because they clearly had no need to use a belt for its original function. (They also didn’t need waistbands. See no. 3.) Instead, they wore their usually glamorous, jewelry-esque belts slung over their hips, sometimes even over a longer shirt or tunic. I’m sure tons of celebrities wore this look, but I most vividly remember it on Hilary Duff—both on and off the set of Lizzie McGuire. In fact, I actually remember having a specific decorative belt to be worn like this over a specific outfit sometime around age eight or nine, and I always felt super stylish when I wore it. To be honest, I wouldn’t mind if this one came back in because some belts deserve to be shown off.
As goofy as some of these trends seem now, we have to remember that it was the early 2000s. When these celebrities wore these outfits they were cool. It’s hard to imagine the things celebs wear now looking this bad or dated, but I’m sure through the passage of time we’ll see that some 2010s trends were not as attractive or stylish as we once thought they were.