In the beauty blogger world, I am a bit of Ye Olde Person. I was a teenager back in the late 90s-early 00s, aka the days before widespread internet use, which meant that a huge portion of my beauty and style influence came from TRL music videos. I didn’t spend hours scrolling through Instagram posts and Twitter hashtags but instead would race home after school, throw my bag down and park myself in front of the (non-HD) TV to find out what was ~*cool*~ (while staring adoringly at Carson Daly).
So let’s take a walk down memory lane and revisit the beauty and style trends of the TRL era:
Britney Spears – You Drive Me Crazy
Britney was the undisputed queen of TRL and “Crazy” is when she really started hitting her stride and setting trends. A tiny part of me wanted to actually be her back in the day, and I definitely wasn’t alone in that sentiment. Britney’s aesthetic spawned several late 90s/early 00s style trends – super tanned skin with smokey eyes, crop tops showcasing the supremely cool bellybutton piercing, and the ever-present chunky hair highlights. Ricky Bobby likes to picture his Jesus as Christmas Jesus, I always like to picture my Britney as TRL Britney.
Christina Aguilera – Come On Over (All I Want Is You)
Everyone knows it is sacrilege to mention Britney without mentioning Christina, so here she is. She may always have been second in command to Britney but don’t think that Christina didn’t also give us some beauty and fashion trends while ruling the TRL countdown. In this so-year-2000-it-hurts color explosion video, there are almost too many trends to count – the Bedazzled….everything, the lace up pants and shirts, overplucked and super-thin eyebrows, butterfly clips (!!) and two-toned hair. Just click play and let the nostalgia wash over you like a warm, rhinestoned blanket.
Beyonce ft. Sean Paul – Baby Boy
Oh, you thought the current “strobing” highlighting trend was something new? Nope. Beyonce was rolling around on some sort of pelts (?) wearing enough highlight and body shimmer to be seen from space back when you were still learning how to read. Baby Boy was one of the Queen’s first post-Destiny’s Child songs and a TRL staple. Early-aughts trends to spot in this video – dangerously low-rise jeans, those weird handkerchief shirts that barely covered anything, the aforementioned highlighting and body glitter, and Sean Paul (anyone else really miss him? Just me?).
Mandy Moore – Candy
If you have ever wanted to know exactly what the year 1999 looked like, just watch this video. It’s a bit overwhelming how many trends are packed into it, so I’ll break it down for you:
- Discman CD player and headphones
- Poker-straight hair parted down the middle, with bonus points for it being up in that spiky bun style we all attempted
- Arm ribbons!
- Inflatable furniture
- Shit-ton of belly shirts
- Cargo pants (ugh)
- Candy-coated VW Bug
- Abercrombie model-type bro skateboarding to impress the LaDieZ
- A jukebox/ancient artifact
- Large, choreographed dance with 15 friends (we all did that, right?)
Hope you enjoyed this TRL flashback and I’ll see you back here in 10 years so we can make fun of skinny jeans and contouring.