Growing up in the early 2000s, Lizzie McGuire was my role model. She was my favorite singer, favorite actress, and yes, the icon of fashion I modeled my clothes after. Years later, I wonder why as I look back on some of the horrible fashion trends I envied.
1. Sequin Everything
If you are going to be flashy and wear a sequin tank top, why not have it be lime green? If that didn’t sell you on the outfit, the matching bracelet probably did the trick. Not to mention Miranda, who is decked out in a sparkly shirt, matching bracelet, earrings and several chokers—obviously one choker was not enough. Lizzie and Miranda totally prove that there is no limit to the amount of sparkle a girl can wear in one outfit.
2. Mismatched Patterns
The orange and purple floral pants alone are a bold fashion statement. Once you add the color block triangle sweater, this outfit is downright cringe worthy. A common style in the early 2000s, this is one of Lizzie's infamous mismatched pattern outfits. School dress codes ban yoga pants on grounds of distraction but allow this? Miranda may be rocking some crazy pom-pom hair pieces, but at least her outfit is somewhat normal!
If you were a true Lizzie McGuire fan, you remember this episode. Lizzie spent $100 of her friends' money on the newest shirt and hip huggers from the style shack in an attempt to win best dressed. Of course, the klutz had slushy all over her before the day even started and no chance of winning. Whether you referred to them as hip huggers or boot cut jeans, they were the trendiest style of jeans for teens. Lucky for us, they were quickly replaced by skinny jeans.
4. Crimped Hair
I was fortunate enough to not buy a crimping iron, and my hair didn't crimp when I braided it. Don't get me wrong, I was devastated back then, but very thankful looking at childhood pictures now. Her hair is straight, with random sections crimped, and even a random curl in the back...need I say more?
5. Random Sports Shirts
These shirts were so cool because people thought you were on a sports team when in reality you just bought a cute sport shirt. I still don't understand why they always had random really large numbers. I mean, obviously that shirt is not for a sport. You aren't fooling anyone Miranda.
6. Pulling Up Random Sections of Hair
Between braids, buns and ponytails, the sky is the limit. Sometimes, they do not even have to be symmetrical. Lizzie and Miranda both deserve credit for those straight part lines though! For a short period in time, the fashion world must have forgotten about ponytails and french braids. Did Miranda even have time for breakfast or was she too busy braiding?
All in all, I can easily say I am thankful these fashion trends died out when the popularity of Lizzie McGuire did. Then again, who knows if they will make a return some day in the future.