Bella Hadid just unlocked a 2000s fashion memory we completely forgot about

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Photo credit: Gotham - Getty Images
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Bella Hadid is no stranger to reviving noughties fashion - aka, the absolute *looks* that we all wore at the start of the new millenium. The styles we thought died a death long ago (hi, low rise jeans, butterfly clips, and trucker hats) are all making a comeback, and Bella has been leading the charge. She's tried her hand at triple denim, cut-out bodysuits, and corset tops.

But yesterday in New York City, she was photographed wearing a trend we hadn't thought about since 2003. And just for fun, we've got the lol-worthy throwback pics at the bottom of this article to remind us how we did it the first time around.

Bella was papped wearing - and how's this for a memory unlock - a denim midi skirt. And not just any denim midi skirt. A loose, a-line one, in that purposefully dirty-looking, pale denim wash that is unmistakably 00s. The brown tinge! It makes me feel funny, but I can't stop looking. This is the denim wash that prompted your dad to say, back in the day, "Honey if you wanted jeans like that, I could have dragged your old ones around in the mud for you, why did you spend money on those?" *Rolls eyes in teenager.*

Her skirt is trimmed in beige to match her spaghetti strap cami top (also peak noughties), and tied with a knotted cord belt. In fact, all of her accessories feel very of that time. She's got the bohemian (that word gives me the shivers now, sorry) stacks of beaded bracelets and necklaces straight out of a surf shop. She's got the tiny, handmade-looking leather shoulder bag that also looks like it could have come from a seaside market stall. Giant gold hoops. Matrix-style sunglasses. It's all going on.

She's put a very Bella spin on the look with her lug-sole flat boots, though, which feel more 2021 than 2001. If I was wearing this look in the noughties (which I very much did), I would have gone for some platform sandals, wedges, or metallic kitten heels. This is the key takeaway for dressing confidently from past decades: if you don't want to look like you walked out of a costume shop, mix in a more modern trend piece.

Without further ado:

Photo credit: Gotham - Getty Images
Photo credit: Gotham - Getty Images

I love it, but then I lived it the first time around. And now, because I know you want it, some memory lane pics of celebrities styling the humble denim midi the last time it was A Thing. Enjoy.

Photo credit: Ron Galella - Getty Images
Photo credit: Ron Galella - Getty Images
Photo credit: Scott Gries - Getty Images
Photo credit: Scott Gries - Getty Images
Photo credit: J. Vespa - Getty Images
Photo credit: J. Vespa - Getty Images
Photo credit: Steve Granitz - Getty Images
Photo credit: Steve Granitz - Getty Images
Photo credit: KMazur - Getty Images
Photo credit: KMazur - Getty Images
Photo credit: Steve Grayson - Getty Images
Photo credit: Steve Grayson - Getty Images
Photo credit: Steve Granitz - Getty Images
Photo credit: Steve Granitz - Getty Images

And there you have it, a fashion history of the iconic denim midi skirt. What do you think, is this a trend you'll be reviving?

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