The Top 7 Fashion Items We Bought in 2006

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Over the past decade, we’ve seen plenty of trends come and go (and then come again). Fashion is a cyclical beast, and what’s in one season can be out the next. So, reflecting on the past decade, you can say that we’ve come a long way. The jeans, heels, and even accessories we were wearing way back when are not the same as those we’ve worn today. Still, there’s something so satisfying about waxing nostalgic for those “remember when” fashion moments.

To prove how far we’ve come over the past 10 years, we’re taking a look back at our wardrobe must-haves back then and comparing them to today. We’ve rounded up photos of some of favorite trendsetters then and now and zooming in on how our shopping choices have changed. A decade is a long time, so prepare yourself for some major nostalgia with these throwbacks.

Ready to see how style has changed over the past 10 years? Read on for our guide to then and now It items, and to shop current must haves!

2006: The Babydoll Dress

Rihanna at Baby Phat show Olympus Fashion Week at Radio City Music Hall in NYC


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WHO: Rihanna

Back in 2006, babydoll dresses, complete with embellished details were all the rage. Pair with chandelier earrings à la Rihanna, and it was the perfect outfit for a night on the town.

2016: The Slip Dress

Martha Hunt leaving Spring Studios in satin slip dress, blazer, and heels



WHO: Martha Hunt

Today, if we have a night out on the calendar, our go-to style is a sleek slip dress.

2006: Boot-Cut Jeans

Blake Lively at Helio event


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WHO: Blake Lively

When it came to shopping denim, low-rise boot-cut jeans were the way to go in 2006. Bonus points if whiskering was involved.

2016: Kick-Flare Jeans

Alexa Chung during shoot in Soho NYC


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WHO: Alexa Chung

For a more modern take on denim, we love the flattering look of a high-waisted kick flare. It hits at the slimmest part of the ankles, and high rise means we’re always comfortable in what we’re wearing.

2006: Chandelier Earrings

Mary-Kate Olsen at Glamour 2006 Golden Globe After Party



WHO: Mary-Kate Olsen

When it came to accessorizing, it was chandelier earrings that made a splash in 2006. 

2016: Architectural Earrings

Diane Kruger Opening Ceremony of 42nd Deauville American Film Festival in France


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WHO: Diane Kruger

Now artsy earrings with sculptural details feel fresh and inspiring.

2006: Shrunken Leather Jacket

Ashley Olsen at Film Independent's 2006 Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Beach


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WHO: Ashley Olsen

Leather jackets will always make for a wardrobe staple, but in 2006, the go-to style was shrunken with a scrunched feel.

2016: Moto Jacket

Olivia Palermo in embellished leather moto jacket with lace-up top and jeans


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WHO: Olivia Palermo

Now it’s all about moto-inspired jackets with an edgy feel. Style it with a dress or jeans, and it instantly adds that cool feeling. 

2006: Oversize Belt

Chloe Sevigny at 2006 CFDA Awards in NYC


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WHO: Chloë Sevigny

To add extra oomph to a dress, 2006 was all about adding an oversize belt around the waist.

2016: Logo Belt

Chanel Iman at Delilah in West Hollywood



WHO: Chanel Iman

While in 2016, we still consider belts a statement accessory, our go-to styles tend to be sleek but with a buckle that stands apart.

2006: Wedges

Rachel Bilson at Chrysalis 5th Annual Butterfly Ball in Bel Air, California


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WHO: Rachel Bilson

While stilettos and platforms have made waves in the past 10 years, the shoes we lusted after in 2006 were a chic pair of wedges.

2016: Ladylike Heels

Jerssica Alba at Christian Dior show at Paris Fashion Week


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WHO: Jessica Alba

All hail ultra-feminine footwear, a trend that’s been on the runway and the streets alike all year long.

2006: Supersize Sunglasses

Victoria Beckham at Chanel Ready to Wear Spring-Summer 2007 Fashion Show



WHO: Victoria Beckham

Oversize frames were a must for 2006, especially large square styles, ideal for adding attitude to our go-to look.

2016: Retro Cat-Eye Frames

Gigi Hadid in Soho, NYC


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WHO: Gigi Hadid

Today, it's all about a continuation of feminine and retro-inspired trends we've seen in footwear, clothing, and accessories too. Paired with even the easiest outfit, these sunglasses add extra fun.

Want more fashion inspired by the last 10 years? Here are this decade's biggest trends!

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