For many of us, the early 2000s were a blur of crimped hair, frosted lip gloss and hideous pastel patent leather. Despite the fuzzy fashion memories, our poor sartorial choices were more or less pretty forgettable and relatively harmless (save for a rolled ankle because platform flip fops were straight up hazardous).
We may have forgotten our terrible flared jeans and Von Dutch trucker hats (or at least pretend we do), but there’s still one bit of fashion so heinous it scarred us for life. We remember it like it was yesterday: Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears’ matching denim outfits at the 2001 American Music Awards.
You remember, right? This look:
The look was so iconic that Katy Perry and Riff Raff replicated it at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, Blake Lively turned it into a meme, and Miley Cyrus begged for a “boyfriend that will wear jean on jean on jean with me.”
But this situation is a whole lot more like we’re laughing at Brit-Brit and JT, not with them. At the time, the heinous decision to go full, light wash (seriously, light wash?) denim was not a joke. To be fair, this is just about the only thing we can tease JT for besides his Ramen-inspired haircut. The dude is a fox, even if he’s drowning in toxic levels of denim.
After years of being antagonized for his misguided fashion choice, Justin Timblerake has finally admitted that denim-on-denim-on-denim-on-denim was a bad call.
On an Australian TV show called The Project, Justin was asked what he learned about the music industry that he didn’t know when he was in *NSYNC. His reply? “If you wear denim-on-denim, it will get documented.”
“Did you see the outfits (*NSYNC) wore?! It was just … It was such a crazy time. The world was different. The music industry was different,” he continued.
When one of the hosts said they think the Canadian tuxedo might be coming back, even JT admitted that he’ll probably steer clear this time around.
“You know what, I don’t even think I could bring that back.” Though he did admit that “If it’s worn properly (it could be brought back).”
So you’re saying that drenching your whole body in swaths of denim isn’t wearing denim properly? You don’t say.
Thank you, Justin, for admitting to your wrongdoings. We forgive you, but we shall never forget.
Watch JT’s full interview below: