It’s 2008 and I’m 14-years-old, the moody refrain of Apologize by OneRepublic resonates through the Britney Spears’ Fantasy scented air. My closet is full of gladiator sandals, lensless “nerd” glasses, bubble skirts, fringed boots and Paul Frank tees. After sitting through the mandatory “You Wouldn’t Steal A Car” warning, the DVD of Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging begins. Twilight is in cinemas, Britney is making a comeback, Beyonce and Jay-Z are newlyweds. It’s a simpler time.
Nothing brings millennial women together like collective memories of Supre slogan tees and Blue Light Discos; so I profiled a few creatives who are around my age to reminisce on their most tragic fashion moments and nostalgic throwbacks. Take a peek inside their teen diaries...
An early adopter of blogging and veteran of the genre, Amelia’s made a serious name for herself in the fashion industry since the early days of social media and has been creating beautiful content ever since. Her chic, minimalist style with dashes of gothic, Parisian and tomboy elements has seen her gain a devoted online following. Her style is basically what we’ve all been aiming for since the MySpace era, but I for one have seldom (okay, not once) pulled off.
What do you do?
I work at a social media/PR agency in Sydney and am represented by CHIC Management as a Content Creator, predominately in beauty and fashion on Instagram over at @ameliagoldie
What did you want to be when you were a teenager?
The sixth member of The Horrors. Or a cat.
Describe the best/worst outfit you ever wore as a teen.
The most memorable, not to mention my best AND worst would be the consistent wearing of oversized band tees with ripped stockings and a lip piercing. My mum told me she wouldn't let me go to the supermarket with her.
Which celebrity did you have on your bedroom wall?
I had a big crush on Duckie from Pretty in Pink and the guitar playing brother in Bring it On. Pretty sure I had them on my wall or school books. I remember having a Queens of The Stone Age, Ramones and MISFITS posters on my wall.
What’s your favourite teen coming-of-age or romcom film?
Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink or Suddenly 30.
What’s the most underrated banger of the 2000s?
Slap bracelets or Scoubidous?
I used to wear about 20 black scoubidous on one arm in sixth grade.
To get your crushes attention: Start a Facebook Poke War or constantly switch your MSN status to on and offline?
Definitely going online and offline on MSN, and making my status a song lyric. MSN was a true addiction in seventh grade.
The Ketchup Song or Crazy Frog?
The Ketchup Song
Britney and Justin or Britney and K-Fed?
Britney and Justin, never forget their denim on denim moment.
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About Arabella Peterson:
Arabella is a freelance writer and content creator from Sydney. She cofounded The Ladies Network, a multifaceted platform for women in the creative industries where she was the editor-in-chief. Since then she has worked as a freelance writer, creative consultant and marketing specialist with the odd modelling gig on the side (on this very website, in fact). She is particularly interested in the intersection of fashion, feminism and environmentalism; specifically supporting local brands and sustainable practices and she loves exploring culture, art and fascinating people. She also cohosts a podcast about Adam Sandler, is obsessed with horror films and loves a good game of Dungeons and Dragons. Follow Arabella on Instagram: @arabella_peterson