If you’ve lived longer than a decade or two, you would’ve gone through your fair share of embarrassing fashion phases. Throughout the ‘90s and ‘00s there were butterfly clips, dresses over jeans, low slung flares, tube tops, cargo pants and diamante-encrusted flip flops. However, no fashion statement haunts me more than the dreaded chunky belt – an accessory we insisted on wearing over every piece of clothing we owned in the mid ‘00s.
Belt loops or not, women in the 00s couldn’t get enough of the chunky belt. These waist-cinching accessories were worn over the top of dresses, flowy t-shirts and button-ups, and most horrifyingly, over a jacket.
But why!? Why did we insist on buckling these hefty fashion accessories around our waists, no matter the occasion?
Some sort of fashion switch was flipped during the noughties, telling women all over the world that their waist is (and will always be) their most flattering asset, and we should accentuate it at all costs. Even if it meant corseting ourselves into a thick blazer, or throwing a useless faux leather band around a t-shirt.
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Then there were the hip-hugging belts that were carelessly thrown over peasant tops, oversized dresses and on top of low cut jeans. Blake Lively’s stylist didn’t even bother to thread hers through the loops!
Lindsay Lohan’s belt is hanging on for dear life over this relaxed tee and shorts combo:
In fact, celebrities of the era didn’t help stop the spread of the chunky belt trend one bit. The likes of Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton and Ashley Tisdale were rocking wide belts like it was – quite literally – going out of fashion.
One Google search of 00s chunky belts and you’ll be disturbed to see they’re actually making a bit of a comeback right now, popping up over long coats and dresses down runways all around the world.
Clearly, fashion continues to be a revolving door and I’m just going to have to get over my fear of chunky belts.
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