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16 questionable accessories Irish girls wore throughout the 2000s

Get yer bandanas out!

WHAT A DECADE. What style. What grace.

1. Tinted sunglasses

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Pink was the best colour, but you’d go for brown at a push. Extra points if they had a little diamanté heart somewhere.

2. A pointless skinny scarf

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You probably got it free with Mizz magazine. Delighted, you were.

3. Bandanas

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Just like Mary-Kate and Ashley!

4. A stack of about 40 jangling glittery bangles

A fresh batch of skinny bangles just arrived! New colors! Come choose your favorite!

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Get them in Penneys, plop them on, promptly regret it when everyone can hear you coming from about a mile away.

5. ‘Karma’ bracelets

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Each different colour would bring some form of ‘healing’ into your life. Whether you were ever healed, you cannot say.

6. Earrings with neon, jelly-like spikes on them

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Punk rock!

7. Shutter shades

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Where Kanye West lead, a surprising number of us followed. No really, why did we follow?

8. Ridiculously huge ‘waist-cinching’ belts

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We’re blaming Trinny and Susannah. (Remember Trinny and Susannah?)

9. Keffiyeh scarves, folded perfectly

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Worn with no regard for the actual weather.

10. Fingerless gloves

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Again, not because you were cold. Because ~fashion~.

11. Studded belts

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Maybe two at a time, and buckled to the side if you were REALLY emo.

12. Cutesy hair bows

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Just popped on your head like that.

13. A bobbin made of fake hair

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Sounds nightmarish, dystopian even, but it was a very real item that many of us sported regularly. Sick and wrong.

14. Sweatbands around your wrists

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Were you doing sports? No. In fact, you were actively trying to not sweat. And still!

15. Trilbys and fedoras

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16. And an elastic band around your head, like so

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That mushroom-y poof of hair it produced on top of your head was much desired. For some reason.

Given fashion’s penchant for recycling, we reckon these will all be back on trend by about, oh, 2018? So don’t throw them out just yet. You can thank us later.

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