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
Paris Hilton rocks her classic pink, frilled miniskirt, and tank. A classic summer look if I ever saw one.
2. Sarah Chalke
Sarah Chalke in that cropped jean jacket screams pool party.
3. Hilary Duff
Hilary Duff in the floral camo capris, tank, and high heels was the definition of the summer '00s party girl.
4. Sophia Bush
These flared white jeans and this heavily embellished top are 100 percent summer 2004 goals.
5. Jessica Simpson
One of these tie-dyed, boho, peasant dresses was high on the early summer style list.
6. Kirsten Dunst
Platform flip flops were always the key to my heart.
7. Alyson Michalka
Yes, that is an Avril Lavigne tie, but the trend that Aly really nailed is the cropped half vests.
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8. Mandy Moore
Mandy Moore rocks that cut-off jean mini skirt like every normal '00s girl in the summer of 2003.
9. Sarah Michelle Gellar
This off-the-shoulder dress with the huge earrings made for a perfect summer on Laguna Beach.
10. Britney Spears
This lace-up semi-halter top could not scream early '00s more. Also, it's super cute.
Beyonce, too, wore trucker hats with mint Juicy Couture velour sweatsuits.
12. Brittany Murphy
Those striped "trouser shorts" with the chain belt could be worn just about anywhere to anything.
13. Jessica Alba
These super cropped bolero sweaters went great with a cowl neck! Right?
14. Rachel Bilson
Bilson's graphic tee and sneaker heels are oh so cliched '00s.
15. Hayden Panettiere
This cowl-neck with strap is deliciously early '00s summer party-wear.