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One of my favorite parts of a dance at college is, without a doubt, getting ready with friends. The decades dances are especially fun because you dress up in throwback outfits and imitate style from another era, so I thought I’d share some inspiration for the Millenium Dance tonight!

Low-rise jeans were everywhere in the 2000’s, especially with lighter washes of denim.

Who can forget the Juicy Couture velour tracksuits? When paired with Ugg boots, these were peak lounge and errand-running attire.

Cargo pants and cargo shorts were also super popular.

Skinny scarves and neckties were popularized by the likes of Avril Lavigne, Johnny Depp, Hilary Duff, and Lindsey Lohan.

Tank top camisoles were definitely trendy, and even more so when cropped and paired with low-rise jeans or cargo pants/shorts.

Wide belts that were slung low on the hips were worn with everything- jeans, skirts, dresses, you name it. 

Clothing with sequins. Enough said.

Side ponytails and short, spiky, often-bleached hair.

Streaks of colored hair. Butterfly clips. Random buns. Bumpits. Scarf headbands. Von Dutch hats. Fedoras. Bandanas. There were so many options for hair style and accessories.

Animal prints: zebra, cheetah, tiger, snakeskin…

Purses way too small to hold anything useful that wasn’t the size of a Motorola Razor.

Asymmetrical skirts and dresses with handkerchief hems.

And, of course, no list of 2000’s fashion would be complete without the one and only iconic photo of the “it” celebrity couple at the time: Britney and JT wearing Canadian tuxedos. Just soak in the absolute beauty of peak millennium fashion. 

Rachel Minkovitz is a senior at Bates College double majoring in Psychology and French and Francophone Studies. She spends a lot of time listening to music, hanging out with friends, reading and writing, advocating for social justice, and looking for furry animals. 
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