How 15 Celebs Wore Their Favorite Fashion Trends 15 Years Ago

This story was originally published on September 16, 2016.

For the past year, we've seen '90s trends come back with a vengeance. Sporty Spice's outfits are now known as athleisure; chokers have again become the ultimate accessory (although this time, you don't get them out of a bowling alley vending machine); black mesh and slip dresses are once again the going-out fashion statements of choice.

But something interesting has been happening as celebs walked on and off red carpets, and NYFW came and went. Instead of spaghetti straps over white T-shirts, we're seeing corset tops, multi-strap dresses, and asymmetrical hemlines, the likes of which we haven't seen since, well, the late 2000s.

In fact, it's about time for the early 2000s to have a major comeback. Sure there were some questionable trends (party dresses over jeans, we're lookin' at you). But it was also a moment when fashion went from the minimalism of the '90s to the sex-and-pop glamour that populated the 2000s. Beyoncé was just beginning her path to the top. Christina and Britney and J.Lo were all just starting to shock the press. Hillary Duff was still in her Lizzie McGuire phase, with plenty of crimped hair and capri pants.

Ahead, we found 15 celebrities wearing notable trends from the turn of the century in new, updated forms. Even better? Those same celebs rocked the handkerchief hemlines and corsets way back in the 2000s, too. Click ahead for an incredible blast from the past, with a then-and-now twist.
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Crop Top & Tight Jeans, Then
Who could forget J.Lo's white tank bra, bedazzled belt, and handkerchief headband at the VMAs in 2000?
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Crop Top & Tight Jeans, Now
Obviously, Jennifer Lopez didn't, wearing a similar white crop and tight white pants at a performance in New York this past July. The modern update? Taking her waistline higher.
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Turtlenecks, Then
Nicole Kidman's 2000s take on a turtleneck dress was a severe long-sleeved shift.
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Turtlenecks, Now
In 2016, she jazzed it up with a bight print and ruffles.
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Dress Over Pants, Then
Like Jessica Alba, Zoe Saldana embraced the cocktail dress and flared jean combo.
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Dress Over Pants, Now
In 2016, however, the look is updated with an off-the-shoulder collar, and high slit.
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The Matching Set, Then
Mariah Carey completely owned this denim-on-denim-on-bra look back in 2001...
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The Matching Set, Now
...and in 2016, Carey resurrected the look with a leather-on-leather-on-bra ensemble.
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Pendant Necklaces, Then
Avril Lavigne's punk rock look was never complete without black eyeliner and a thick, black cord necklace.
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Pendant Necklaces, Now
Today, she rocks a similarly short chain — but with delicate silver, instead.
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Fringed Minis, Then
Britney Spears' platform heels and fringe dress from the Teen Choice Awards in 2000 is the epitome of Y2K pop star fashion.
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Fringed Minis, Now
But of course, fringe never really goes away. Here's Britney rocking the trend again in 2015.
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Halter Dresses, Then
Scarlett Johansson's shawl-neck halter from 2003 was what we aspired to wear as chic, glamorous grown-ups.
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Halter Dresses, Now
Nowadays, however, ScarJo favors geometric, structured halters with colored accents.
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Extra Straps, Then
Off-the-shoulder straps were everywhere in 2003, as seen on Gabrielle Union.
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Extra Straps, Now
The same asymmetrical looks with complicated necklines are back, as evidenced by Union's 2016 CFDA dress — and Jonathan Saunders' 2017 collection for DVF.
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Length Layering, Then
One of the biggest red carpet trends of the early 2000s happened to be fancy cocktail dresses over jeans, which Jessica Alba happily pulled off at the ESPY Awards in 2003.
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Length Layering, Now
T-shirt dresses and work pants
are now a go-to combo, but a more subdued version of the trend? Playing with layering by adding a long cape over dark pants.
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Wide-Legged Pants, Then
Hilary Duff's slightly baggy capri pants with heels were the epitome of sophistication back then. Even better? Her mini contrast-colored shoulder bag.
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Wide-Legged Pants, Now
More than 10 years later, Duff has refined the monochromatic look with a wide-legged, bright-red jumpsuit and a nude clutch.
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Sheer Dresses, Then
We saw slip dresses with sheer, embroidered black overlays at every high school dance of the early 2000s. Here's Natalie Portman doing it in 2003.
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Sheer Dresses, Now
In 2016, Portman glammed it up with a floor-length floral version in soft yellow.
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Strong Shoulders, Then
Gwyneth Paltrow's shoulders at the Royal Tenenbaums premiere in 2001 were on prominent display.
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Strong Shoulders, Now
Today? Those shoulder accents are much more subdued — but still strong.
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Cake Ruffles, Then
Tiered minidresses made some of us look like dessert in 2003, but Lucy Liu pulled it off with a mini polka-dot number.
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Cake Ruffles, Now
At the Kung Fu Panda 3 premiere, Liu updated the trend with a sleek minidress featuring subtle tiers.
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Corset Tops, Then
Beyoncé's MTV Movie Awards outfit fulfilled two early-aughts trends: handkerchief skirts and corset tops.
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Corset Tops, Now
Of course, corsets don't go out of style. Bey's Formation tour featured a beaded black number, after all.
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Jumpsuits, Then
Jessica Simpson spent the early 2000s wearing a slightly unbuttoned denim jumpsuit, paired with hoop earrings and red, pointy stilettos.
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Jumpsuits, Now
Nowadays, she rocks the trend in all black — and a glamorous, sheer cutout.

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