A decade of good, bad and tacky: the 2000s
BY MCKENNA NELSON ON APRIL 17, 2014
The two-thousands were the best and worst years. This time period was one of trends and fads that we look back on. Some of these trends we look back on with joy, wishing they were still in style. Others we look back on with disgust, wondering why we ever gave in to their hideosity.
Possibly the worst trends of this time period were the clothing and accessories. A typical outfit in this time period consisted of a “popcorn shirt,” gauchos or “parachute pants,” platform flip flops, an armful of silly bands and a rad choker. If you say you never had any of these, you are probably too embarrassed to say you did or you lived in a remote town of North Dakota that had no contact with the outside world. In the case of the latter, you are extremely lucky because you did not have to suffer through these uber tacky trends.
The hairstyles of the two-thousands are also at the top of the NOT list. If you watched Lizzie McGuire on Disney Channel, you witnessed some of the strangest hairstyles that, for some reason, we all wanted to imitate. Her trendy locks always contained a fair amount of crimping in random places along with ponytails sticking up in all directions. If we were lucky, she even went so far as to add a few brightly-colored ribbons or hair feathers. My sister and I were fortunate to have a hair crimper, and I believe it is still in our possession. I am planning on bringing back this trend soon.
One of the funniest things that we look back on now is the technology that we used or wished for during this glorious time period. Kids nowadays expect to get the newest iPhone as soon as they are old enough to communicate, while when we were their age, we were wishing for that era’s cool cellular devices: the Razrs and Crazrs. These phones were sleek, cool and envied by all. However, you were at the very top of the food chain if you had a slide phone, like the LG Rumor. I could really tell the technology had changed over the years when I saw the four-year-old child I was babysitting playing on HIS iPad Air when I barely even have a smart phone.
Back in the day, we had to have some sort of activity to occupy our time. If you were like most girls, you had a plethora of Webkinz and spent copious amounts of time playing with them (virtually). If you do not remember these fabulous creations, they were the small stuffed animals that contained a special code that would be used to create a virtual pet on Webkinz world. Once you dressed up your pet, you could shop at the W Shop and Curio Shop. For fun, you could go to the arcade and play the best games that ever existed: Wishing Well, Wheel of Wow and Cash Cow. If you look back at all this wonderfulness with fond memories, no need to fear. You can now join Webkinz without buying a pet!!! Your first pet is free, so you can go to Webkinz World and relive your childhood again. You’re welcome.
With your tacky clothes on, Razr, CD player and Webkinz in hand, you needed some way to get around town. What better way than Heelys? These fashion-forward sneakers had wheels on the bottom and allowed children everywhere to zoom past all their friends, physically and socially. Speaking from experience, these shoes were so much fun unless you were clumsy like me. Though the skinned knees and broken limbs caused much pain, I still wore my Heelys because they were too much fun not to.
Now that we’ve taken a trip down memory lane, I challenge all of you to throw it back to this cool time period by bringing these trends back. Maybe not the popcorn shirts, though…