30 Red Carpet Photos That Prove 2002 Was A Bad Year For Fashion

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The early 2000s were not the best time for celebrity fashion. It was the era of the infamous denim duo made up of Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, and a time when newsboy caps of all hues and textures were considered the perfect cherry on top of a special occasion outfit. Also, fedoras were worn by everyone without irony.

In 2002, you could see the dreamiest heartthrobs wearing the same Claire's-inspired jewelry that everyone in your grade rocked on a daily basis. And oh, the fringe. So much fringe. But there is comfort to be had by remembering the scary outfits of red carpets past — since you can hold your head up high, and say with confidence, "I look so much more fashionable than basically any movie star." Just mumble the, "...in 2002" part. Click ahead to cringe.
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Lil' Kim remembered her safety glasses, but otherwise probably wouldn't be allowed to participate in a middle school science lab (hanging zippers are a hazard).
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Lenny Kravitz knew that in 2002, the only way to properly accessorize a hat was to add yet another hat.
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When a shirt has too much and too little fabric, all at the same time.
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It was decreed by law in 2002 that all men under the age of 22 had to get a choker that showed they were laid-back but also had a tortured soul. Here, Chad Michael Murray models one.
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Brad Pitt goes for casual, and almost succeeds, thwarted by that bizarre bucket-hat-cum-top-hat.
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Jessica Biel wears a shirt inspired by a Windows 98 screen saver.
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The trucker hat and tank combo was a regrettable staple for almost every early 2000s teen, and Lindsay Lohan was no exception.
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This look from Avril Lavigne inspired legions of aspiring punk teens — and lead to countless school photos you can't look at without silently screaming anymore.
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Try to count the number of craft-store embellishments on Alicia Keys' denim jumpsuit (but you can't, because there are infinity).
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Lalaine always had the boldest looks on Lizzie McGuire but she went wide with the range of patterns and colors jammed into this single outfit.
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It looks like a cool dress might be under the white number Rosario Dawson wore even after most of it was eaten by a shark.
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Kelly Rowland's hat made of couch quilts is highly questionable, but her dog's outfit is on point.
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Michelle Branch hit the red carpet dressed as a classic fringed chevron friendship bracelet.
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Yes, out-there fashion choices are kind of Helena Bonham Carter's thing, but while the hat is timeless Carter, the tame top with exploding tulle details can be blamed on the early 2000s.
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Kelly Osbourne breaks up her trademark goth look with ballet-slipper heels and pantyhose.
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Not satisfied with a single necklace, Kate Hudson decided to go with the entire contents of her jewelry box.
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No one, not even Kelly Clarkson, could escape the newsboy cap.
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The one time Sarah Jessica Parker looks more Hocus Pocus than Sex and the City.
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Selma Blair and Reese Witherspoon remind you there was a time when mixing and matching applied to the thickness of tank top straps.
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That silky sheet is attempting to consume Alicia Silverstone.
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Kirsten Dunst rocking the "come hither in grandfather's sweater" look.
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Scarlett Johansson can't really be faulted for this quintessential 2002 outfit—basically every high school girl in America had it.
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Justin Timberlake reaches peak surfer vibe with manly chokers, and tops the outfit off with the hat you knit for your American Girl doll.
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Remember Britney Spears and her inept attempt to dress as a sexy law enforcement agent-old school elevator operator. Because when we forget, history can repeat itself.
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Gwen Stefani always had a unique fashion sense, but even ska style can't support so many conflicting patterns.
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That time Christina Aguilera wrapped her boobs in a skinny scarf.
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Nicole Kidman in a newsboy cap and skinny scarf — in 2002, they simply could not be stopped.
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Ashton Kutcher is responsible for making trucker hats an acceptable accessory, and we should continue to hold that against him.
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When a simple canvas bucket hat wasn't enough, Alyson Hannigan knew the way to really hit peak 2002 style was to make said bucket hat fuzzy.
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Alyssa Milano considered accessorizing with a poncho, but decided to go with the remains of a fishing net instead.