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10 fashion trends from the noughties that will make you cringe

What were we all thinking?

I wanted to do a deep dive into my old photos folders to see what cringe-worthy trends were all the range in, arguably, a very awkward decade for many of us millennials and generation Xs.

1. Bootcut jeans
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Freaky Friday, 2003✨

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These bad boys were the coolest jean cut anyone could wear in the early to mid-2000's. If they didn't flare at the bottom and weren't low cut enough that the top of your knickers were on display, then it was time to get yourself a pair. Bonus points were also awarded if they were a wacky colour, had a fabulous pattern on them, or if they were made out of cord. Match that with a belt wider than your forehead and you're good to go.

2. Matching track-suits

This is one trend I can proudly say I avoided. This is mostly because I was a bit young to be interested in sportswear apart from my school P.E. kit. Let's be real though, nobody was exercising in these monstrosities. Made famous or infamous by Juicy Couture and celebrities like Paris Hilton, track-suits were simply iconic and were the pinnacle of casual wear that made heads-turn, maybe not for the right reasons. They had to be bold and they had to be velvet, preferably with something vaguely cheeky written on the cheeks. To be honest the matching track-suit lives on today, albeit, in a more classy style through brands like Gucci. Could this be their come back?

3. Crimped hair

Nowadays it's commonplace to see beach waves or tousled hair for that no-effort was made look, but way back when, crimping was everywhere. Whoever decided that putting Zigzag's in your hair was a good look, they have a lot to answer for. I even had my very own crimping iron once upon a time and ended up making my hair look extremely damaged. For serious crimpers, it could sometimes be paired with a colourful hair wrap or even a few curls, but honestly, this was a pretty weird one.

4. Scoobies

If you didn't spend your break-times in primary school braiding colourful pieces of plastic, you missed out. Scoobies were simply bracelets or necklaces that you created by weaving together long strips of colourful plastic. The more colours you could use on one bracelet basically meant the more of a Scoobie master you were. This only lasted a good two years before the next weird trend came along, which was probably Tamagotchi's.

5. Phone charms

Back in the day, the only phones that everyone seemed to have were Nokia's, or if you were that kid, the LG Cookie. On these ancient devices resided a small hole on the corner of the case in which you could feed a phone charm through. They were the statement piece of any mobile, unlike today, where over the top cases are in abundance. Phone charms could be literally anything from little cartoon figurines to tiny lipglosses, the more you could fit on your phone the better. I think I managed a solid eight. By that point, it was less of a decoration and more of a weapon.

6. Sticker earrings

When I was a child I absolutely refused to ever get my ears pierced due to my severe fear of it. So, what were the alternatives? Well, if you didn't mind your ears being in constant pain, you could always try clip-on's. The only other solution was sticker earrings. You could pick a sheet of them up from your local Claire's, peel them off and stick them on, and then five minutes in you'll realise they have moved to your forehead. It wasn't exactly industrial adhesive, more like PVA glue.

7. Mood rings

Everyone loved a good mood ring back in the 2000's. It was like having a fortune teller on your finger, except it only worked occasionally. I'll always remember getting my first one on a school trip, it came along with a card showing the meanings of each colour, only for the ring to turn purple right away and for my friend to shout out that I was apparently lusting after someone. Hours of fun with a piece of cheap metal.

8. Jelly shoes

For any of you who owned a pair of these torture devices, I commend you. Jelly shoes were everywhere in the 2000's and are once again coming back into fashion, mainly with the alt crowd. Whether you picked up a pair of these from Tesco or got them from Lelli Kelly, they sucked. You couldn't take one step without a constant reminder that these shoes came with a price, and that was to have your skin rubbed to shreds. Plastic was never a destined shoe material, so whoever designed them had a serious vendetta against pre-teen kids with a penchant for sparkly jelly clothing.

9. Uggs

The 2000's introduced a lot of new brands, but none come close to as iconic as Uggs, at least in my part of the world. These structureless beauties were the slippers for any occasion, and I mean any. At home, out shopping, going for a meal, at school? After about ten seconds of use they would begin to sink inwards and collapse, leaving you waddling about in over-priced slipper boots.

10. Heelies

Honestly, who needs Segways or hoverboards when you have Heelies? It was just cool to be a proud owner of a pair of these heels on wheels. Think Nike Airs mixed with roller blades, amazing right? Unless you were like me and you were a bit too scared to whip them out on the streets and instead went around the aisles of Tesco, falling on your backside, then they were kind of useless. It got to the point where you only walked around on your tiptoes, avoiding the wheels on the back of the shoes. At least they were a bit more mobile than Moon Shoes.

Featured image:  Jaguar PS / Shutterstock.com

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