15 Celebs Who Perfected Early '00s Summer Fashion

by Julia Musto

Back in the day, all I wanted was to emulate celebrities who perfected early 2000s summer fashion. Pleated jean mini skirts, platform flip flops, and cowl-neck tops with huge hoop earrings was my ideal look. However, being that I was eleven, and that my parents weren't exactly the types to let me look like I was starring on One Tree Hill my stock was limited. However, that didn't mean that I couldn't dream about looking like Marissa Cooper on The OC. I also definitely had the velour tracksuit game down pat.

Paris Hilton was most definitely the summer style queen back then. Her closet was, and probably still is, full of mini skirts, kitten heels, spaghetti-strapped tops, and skinny scarves. One of the best things about the early 2000s is that style like Hilton's could be worn to any event. Whether it was just a day out shopping at South Coast Plaza, or a nighttime benefit there was no difference: graphic t-shirts were acceptable and capri pants were encouraged. It was just like a five year marathon of the Scooby Doo movies!

Now, while that might sound hellish to some, back then it was perfect to me. Here are a few of the top celebrities I was envious of circa summer 2003.

1. Paris Hilton

Robert Mora/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Paris Hilton rocks her classic pink, frilled miniskirt, and tank. A classic summer look if I ever saw one.

2. Sarah Chalke

Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Sarah Chalke in that cropped jean jacket screams pool party.

3. Hilary Duff

Evan Agostini/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Hilary Duff in the floral camo capris, tank, and high heels was the definition of the summer '00s party girl.

4. Sophia Bush

Evan Agostini/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

These flared white jeans and this heavily embellished top are 100 percent summer 2004 goals.

5. Jessica Simpson

Peter Kramer/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

One of these tie-dyed, boho, peasant dresses was high on the early summer style list.

6. Kirsten Dunst

Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Platform flip flops were always the key to my heart.

7. Alyson Michalka

Scott Gries/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Yes, that is an Avril Lavigne tie, but the trend that Aly really nailed is the cropped half vests.

Want more fashion and beauty tips? Check out the video below and subscribe to Bustle on YouTube!

8. Mandy Moore

Scott Gries/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Mandy Moore rocks that cut-off jean mini skirt like every normal '00s girl in the summer of 2003.

9. Sarah Michelle Gellar

Evan Agostini/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

This off-the-shoulder dress with the huge earrings made for a perfect summer on Laguna Beach.

10. Britney Spears

Mark Mainz/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

This lace-up semi-halter top could not scream early '00s more. Also, it's super cute.

11. Beyonce

Stephen J. Boitano/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Beyonce, too, wore trucker hats with mint Juicy Couture velour sweatsuits.

12. Brittany Murphy

Peter Kramer/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Those striped "trouser shorts" with the chain belt could be worn just about anywhere to anything.

13. Jessica Alba

Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

These super cropped bolero sweaters went great with a cowl neck! Right?

14. Rachel Bilson

Amanda Edwards/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Bilson's graphic tee and sneaker heels are oh so cliched '00s.

15. Hayden Panettiere

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

This cowl-neck with strap is deliciously early '00s summer party-wear.