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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
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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
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
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
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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
WHO: Mary-Kate Olsen
When it came to accessorizing, it was chandelier earrings that made a splash in 2006.
2016: Architectural Earrings
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WHO: Diane Kruger
Now artsy earrings with sculptural details feel fresh and inspiring.
2006: Shrunken Leather Jacket
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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
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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
WHO: Chloë Sevigny
To add extra oomph to a dress, 2006 was all about adding an oversize belt around the waist.
2016: Logo Belt
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.
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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
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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
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
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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.