Let's throw it back to when we were little kids jamming out in our rooms. There are so many good "classics" that will make you miss your childhood, trust me. Whether you listened to these songs by yourself, at slumber parties, or at school dances, I know we all secretly love and miss these songs, whether or not we want to admit it.
Being in middle school is one of the worst times of your life. You're awkward and you have no idea what to think about everything that is changing. I was cleaning out my closet the other day and found my old pair of Etnies and started reminiscing upon some of the worst trends that ever existed in the 2000s. I look at pictures of myself from middle school and cringe. I really just want to tell my past self to stop shopping at Claire's and Aeropostale. But since I did shop at those stores, I do have many embarrassing photos and fashion choices. Here's a list of popular (and unfortunate) trends from the 2000s.
Buy all the graphic tees! I had at least one in every color. So many skin-tight tees were a part of my wardrobe. These t-shirts would always be spotted in MySpace profiles with people throwing a peace sign. Unfortunately, Aero has filed for bankruptcy, so we will be seeing less of them.
2. Rubber "Causes" Bracelets
You would see people walking around with these things up to their elbows! I had one for pretty much every type of cancer/disease you could imagine. Of course the yellow "Livestrong" bracelets were the bracelets that started the trend. (Thanks Lance for that let down.)
3. Silly Bandz
Yet again, a bracelet trend took over our middle school minds. I remember wearing so many of these wonderful "bandz" that the circulation in my arms were cut off. It was also the best thing to compare and trade silly bandz with your friends. I also scoffed at all of the knock-off brands. I only wanted the real deal.
Back when these pants were popular I had at least three pairs in a good variety of colors. I wore them so much, my mother could not do the laundry fast enough. I would compare these pants to yoga pants today because they were just as comfortable. It was always way cooler to wear a poncho with gauchos.
5. Massive Sequin Purses
Every girl had these. Mine was lime green. I thought that these purses were cute at the time, but really they are just atrocious. I'm not even sure why I was carrying a purse in middle school. I really didn't have that much stuff save for my phone, lipgloss, and gum.
6. Wearing Jeans with Dresses
Is that dress or skirt too short? No problem, just wear jeans under it! But really though, I have never understood this trend. Even when it was "popular" I thought that it was just plain ugly. I mean, how can you even look at this picture of Ashley Tisdale and not cringe?
Hands-down the best trend of middle school. Some of my best memories are in Target Heely-ing around the entire store. I would still wear my Heelys today if I had them. No regrets about these shoes. Every adult that I've ever talked to about them, hated them. I guess that's why they were basically banned from everywhere.
8. Soffe Shorts
I had (have) a pair of these in every color. Having these made you cool. Quite often paired with rubber Old Navy flip-flops or some Rainbows, these cotton shorts were a staple of any middle school girl in the 2000s. My cheerleading really helped reinforce my love for these shorts. But thankfully it seems that "norts" have replaced these.
9. Nike Shox
Who actually cared if the spring-things made walking or running easier. These shoes just looked so cool. While writing this article, I was surprised to find out that Nike still makes these shoes. It was always the sporty-athletic people who wore these.
10. Popcorn Shirts
I never understood the madness that is the science behind these magically shrinking and expanding shirts. They are just straight up fascinating. The best ones were tie-dyed. I had one blue one and thought it was the greatest shirt ever.
Growing up is hard enough, but adding the fact that 99% of what we do while growing up no longer being okay just makes it that much harder. Here are 12 things I wish adults were given a little extra leeway on, just like kids.
1. Walking up to strangers, and asking them to be your friend.Giphy
Hi, this is my best friend Sally. We met 5 minutes ago.
2. Wearing whatever you like, no matter the "fashion rules."Giphy
It's called fashun. Look it up.
3. Wanting ice cream for dinner, but, like, not having it...Cause you can do that as an adult. No one is stopping you.Giphy
I wanna get chocolate wasted.
4. Consuming copious amounts of mac and cheese.Giphy
Let's get real...
5. Watching cartoons, or even any "kid" show... Nobody's perfect, ya know.Giphy
I'll gladly enjoy my midnight Rugrats, thank you.
6. Not talking in certain situations.Giphy
Kids can always get away with being shy, or just not talkative, but when an adult doesn't know what to say, or even just doesn't want to talk- we need to "grow up" and get over it? When did forcing others to act a certain way become the norm? Why do we not teach a child to speak up, but rather condemn adults for not talking?
7. Sleeping with stuffed animals, baby blankets, the like.
Even Khloe Kardashian admits to loving her leopard print blankie, that she's had since she was young.
8. Being creative in any means we see fit.Giphy
Abstract macaroni art? Beautiful. Beaded necklace with no recognizable pattern? Amazing. Playdough statue in the shape of a... blob? gorgeous! Kids can be creative with any medium and create whatever they want with praise, but when adults are abstract and make you think with their art then they are "weird"??
Sure, college KIDS get naps when we can, but once we are out of college and into that thing you all call the "real world"... naps will be no more. We will be expected to get up, go to work, come home, cook, clean, etc... and without ANY naps! Crazy...
10. Genuinely not knowing something.Giphy
As an adult, if you don't know a "common" fact, celebrity, tv show, song... the list goes on, then you're regarded as less intelligent, cultured, etc. Instead of teaching others when they don't know, we often make them feel less than, and honestly, that just isn't okay.
11. Having wild dreams.Giphy
Sure, adults talk about dreams they'd love to pursue, but how often are those adults being serious? How many have an actual plan? While children don't always know all of the specifics and often change their minds on their wildest dreams, kids easily talk about huge goals like they're nothing. I wish adults could discuss moving across the world or becoming a world-famous chef like it was a piece of cake.
12. Live relatively stress free.Giphy
Some kids don't get this luxury, but most adults are judged if they don't stress about things. If you don't worry about bills, the future, your job... anything, really. You're weird if you don't get stressed out by life. Kids aren't forced to feel the societal pressure to be worried about everything, and that helps drive their creativity, imagination, and happiness. We should bring more of that energy into adulthood.
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