I distinctly remember uncovering a brown Juicy velour hoodie in a South Carolina discount store 12 years ago and telling my sister to buy it because Nicole Richie had the same one. Those comfy, monochromatic confections were the pinnacle of capital S Style between 2001 and 2006. If you wore one, you were practically just a Blackberry message away from scoring a guest spot on The Simple Life — which, let's be real, was everyone's dream back in 2003.
Richie was a Juicy velour trailblazer in many ways; she made it the must-have item of the early aughts. In fact, she — and Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, the Olsen twins, and Ashlee Simpson — defined that whole era of fashion. Big sunglasses, scarves as hats, maxi dresses: All those items harken back to a simpler time, when we lied about our ages on MySpace and Nickelback ruled the charts.
But sadly those days are long gone. Yes, , but it'll never be the same. Never again will we see Lohan wear a bucket hat and talk about her feud with Hilary Duff. Or watch Hilton text on her sidekick while wearing head-to-toe Von Dutch. Or see Richie drink a big Starbucks latte while rocking even bigger sunglasses.
Actually, we can see that last one. Richie teamed up with Paper magazine to re-create some of her most iconic 2000s looks, and the photos are so good that I feel compelled to sing "Stars Are Blind" to strangers on the street.
"Just as I was prepared to lock up the early 2000 Nicole & throw away the key, @papermagazine asked me to re-create some of my looks for the most fun photo shoot I've done in a long time," Richie posted on Instagram, alongside some pics from the shoot. "I got to play with wigs, small dogs, and laughed for about 8 hours straight. So here she is, in all her glory... minus the Percocet. Love you! 💅🏿"
Seriously, I'm screaming. I'm crying. I'm attempting to sign back into my AIM account (DUDE ITS CDAWG 7—I was pretending to be straight). Check out the pics for yourself, below:
And here are the original lewks Richie and Paper seem to be referencing:
The Juicy tracksuit
Perfect for a quick trip to Kitson, ya know?
There was a Simple Life reunion last night and the internet couldn't handle it
The baggy dress over leggings
Who needs trousers?
The floral maxidress
Perfect for dancing around to "Yeah!" by Usher
The stark white hair
The White Witch is shook.
2005, you were a good year.