Before athleisure was even a thing, we had Juicy Couture tracksuits. While the matched sets weren’t meant for working out, they did tick a lot of the same boxes as our gym-to-brunch togs (high marks to both for comfort and making your butt look good). As such, the aughts’ style icons who gave Juicy sweats the big stamp of approval are more or less style savants, a not-so-hard to fathom fact when you remember that Kim Kardashian West, early Juicy adopter, has become one of the globe’s most stylish women.
Everything’s just come full circle, with Kim posting a throwback image and proudly telling the world that she just can’t bring herself to get rid of her suits. “I was so obsessed with those classic Juicy Couture tracksuits a few years ago and had them in every color,” she wrote on her app. “I still have all of mine, I can’t let them go.”
We’re with Kim on this one—there are definitely a few pairs of perfectly worn-in pants and zip-ups still hanging around in Glamour staffers’ closets. We wouldn’t be against scooping up a set now either; pants and jackets are still on Juicy’s website (and currently on sale). And while Paris and Kim’s take on styling them circa 2006 wouldn’t quite feel current, it’s easy enough to introduce them to your right-now wardrobe. Substitute flip flops with Stan Smiths and replace the clingy tank with a slouchy linen tee. Skip the statement accessories and oversized shades too; to make Juicy work a full decade later, it’s best to keep everything else timeless.
Recently, the tracksuit was anointed into the fashion canon! It’s included in an exhibit at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear, opening in April). The specific suit is a bubblegum pink, terry cloth version, emblazoned with “Love P&G” across the back of the zip-up jacket; museum notes reveal it’s a 2004 edition.
While we love the idea, we don’t need to book a trip to London to check it out. The suit lives on in our memory forever, with visions of its most paparazzi-stalked wearers dancing through our heads. Come take a meandering walk down memory lane with us.
Yup, that’s an almost unrecognizable Lindsay Lohan back in 2002 wearing a deep forest green jacket and matching bottoms.
Britney Spears picked a baby blue combo for Valentine’s Day in 2003 (noticeably absent: a Starbucks Frappucino cup).
A rich ruby number even made its way into Beyonce‘s closet. The pop star was photographed wearing the look back in 2003.
Vanessa Hudgens tried the look in 2007, finishing with also ubiquitous Ugg boots.
Miley Cyrus circa her Disney era also rocked the sets, wearing the two-piece look while strolling with mom Tish in 2008.
Eva Longoria was at the height of her Desperate Housewives fame back in 2009 and wore Juicy suits frequently while being paparazzi-hounded.
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