I'm not sure if most film critics would share my enthusiasm for Britney Spears’s 2002 road trip film, Crossroads. But I’m no film critic, so let me be clear: It’s a classic. You’ve got a pre-Avatar-fame Zoe Saldana, eventual Litchfield inmate Taryn Manning, and the biggest pop star of the ’00s taking a post–high school graduation road trip. And while I won’t give too much away about the teen flick, there’s a Spears rendition of “I Love Rock ’n’ Roll” that’s iconic (in some circles, I’m assuming). What’s more? The movie is chock-full of nods to 2018 trends.
Of course I didn’t know it at the time but Lucy, Kit, and Mimi (Spears’s, Saldana’s, and Manning’s characters, respectively) were not only sources of inspiration for our closets then but also serve as inspiration to 2018’s obsession with bucket hats, low-rise jeans, going-out tops, and more.
Ahead, I’m breaking down a mere sampling of the styles that make me so nostalgic for the ’00s, as well as shopping ones that prove it wasn’t all that long ago.