January 14, 2016 09:12 PM

Fifteen glorious years ago this week, Jennifer Lopez followed up her smash hit debut album On the 6 with an even bigger release, J.Lo. It hit the top of on the Billboard charts the same week that The Wedding Planner led the box office, making her the first entertainer ever to have the No. 1 album and movie in the same week. But more importantly than all of that, it gave us “I’m Real,” her timelessly delightful duet with Ja Rule, the music video of which is everything that is 2001 in one tidy four minute package. Below, we fondly reminisce.


Juicy Couture Sweatshort Suits
What could make the Juicy Couture sweatsuit even more early-aughts? Owning the shorty version. Showing a sliver of belly thanks to the ultra-low-rise. Ensuring it’s bubble-gum pink. Essentially, everything that you would put in a time capsule so future scientists would know you buried it in 2001 is embodied in this two-piece item of attire.


Nameplate Necklaces
Blame Carrie Bradshaw [Editor’s note: I do, for everything]: By the third season of Sex and the City, everyone (like, down to your geometry teacher) was wearing their name in gold script around their necks. Jennifer Lopez may be a trendsetter, not a trend follower, but even she wasn’t immune to a cultural phenomenon; thus, “Jennifer” (not yet “Jenny from the Block”) was a must as a part of her neck party.


Flutter-Sleeve Tops with Bootcut Jeans:
If you went to a bar sometime between 2000 and 2005, you were wearing a variation on this look: A gauzy, floaty “going out top” with bootcut jeans (probably frayed at the hem because you needed them to be extra-long to wear to The Club with your amazing wooden-heeled stiletto platforms, but then they’d drag when you wore them with flats the other 98 percent of your life). One look at this top and you’re probably transported back to a world where you were watching Alias while you got ready to go out and all your cocktails had adorable (or deeply vulgar) names.

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Stretchy One-Shoulder Tops With Bedazzling:
Because how was anyone supposed to know that you were a “Madame Butterfly” type without it emblazoned all over your highly spandex-encased chest? Lopez gets bonus points for pairing it with a straw fedora, another red carpet staple of the early ’00s that has since fallen mostly out of favor.

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Ja Rule:
No offense to fans of Ashanti’s rapper of choice, but uh, he’s been laying a little low these past 15 years. That’s not to say his contributions to the genre weren’t appreciated, more to say that he really was of a moment — just one magical moment when every song needed his growly vocals to feel complete.

What is your favorite most 2001 moment?

— Alex Apatoff

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