From the 2000 MTV Movie Awards to the Golden Globes to the 2000 Grammys, these were the best red carpet looks of the early 2000s, hands down. In today’s world of flashbulbs and paparazzi, it can be difficult to even see what celebrities are wearing on the red carpet, much less critique their choices. But that was not always the case; in fact, back in 2001 there was still time to make sure your dress looked good before you hit the carpet.
Britney Spears, 2002 American Music Awards
Britney Spears is one of the most iconic pop stars of our generation, and her style has always been ahead of the curve. In 2002, she hit the red carpet at the American Music Awards in a plunging hot pink dress with a diamond necklace – a look that was sexy, edgy, and totally unforgettable. It’s no wonder that this outfit has become one of the most iconic red carpet looks of all time!
Jennifer Lopez, 2003 Gigli Premiere
Jennifer Lopez stunned at the 2003 premiere of Gigli in a plunging, brown Versace gown. The look was sexy and elegant, and definitely made a statement on the red carpet. J.Lo has always been a fashion icon, and this look is proof that she knows how to dress to impress.
Cameron Diaz, 2003 Golden Globe Awards
Cameron Diaz was one of the most fashion-forward celebrities of the early 2000s. She often took risks on the red carpet, and her style was always unique. Her look at the 2003 Golden Globe Awards was no exception. Diaz wore a mesh black dress. The dress was sexy and daring, and she looked absolutely stunning.
Penelope Cruz, 2000 Oscars
Penelope Cruz looked like a goddess at the 2000 Oscars. Her dress was simple, yet elegant and she wore her hair in a sleek updo. She definitely stood out on the red carpet and set the bar high for future red carpet looks.
Rihanna, 2009 Met Gala
Rihanna’s thought-provoking tuxedo and leather gloves were considered a breath of fresh air at the time and her departure from the masses in gowns made for a statement at the Met Gala.
Blake Lively, 2009 Emmy Awards
Is it just me or was Blake Lively the queen of the early 2000s red carpet scene? She always looked so effortlessly chic and polished, like she just stepped out of a high fashion magazine. My favorite look of hers has to be this one from the 2009 Emmy Awards. That dress is gorgeous! And those shoes! I die.
Keira Knightley, 2003 Pirates of the Caribbean World Premiere
Arguably one of the most iconic red carpet looks of the early 2000s, Keira Knightley stunned at the world premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean in 2003. Wearing a Chanel Haute Couture gown, Knightley set the precedent for red carpet fashion with this now-famous look.
Anne Hathaway, 2009 Oscars
Anne Hathaway looked like a dream at the 2009 Oscars. She wore a beautiful strapless dress with a sweetheart neckline and a fitted bodice. The skirt was full and billowy, making her look like a princess. Her hair was styled in soft waves, and she wore delicate diamond earrings. She looked absolutely stunning!
Kate Bosworth, 2008 21 Premiere
Kate Bosworth looks like a Grecian goddess in this white off-shoulder dress with gold & silver detailing. She kept her hair and makeup simple, letting the dress do all the talking. This is definitely one of the best red carpet looks of the early 2000s!
Halle Berry, 2002 Oscars
Halle Berry is one of the most iconic actresses of our time, and her red carpet looks are always on point. But her 2002 Oscars look is hands-down one of her best. She wore a gorgeous sheer gown. Berry kept her makeup simple and elegant, letting her natural beauty shine through. This look is timeless and will always be remembered as one of the best red carpet looks of all time.
Michelle Williams, 2006 Oscars
Michelle Williams always knows how to make a fashion statement, and her 2006 Oscars look was no exception. Wearing a canary yellow Vera Wang gown with a plunging neckline, Williams looked like a golden goddess. Her updo and diamond earrings completed the elegant look.
Lucy Liu, 2000 Oscars
Lucy Liu stunned at the 2000 Oscars in a plunging red Versace gown with a thigh-high slit. She accessorized it with diamond earrings. This look is definitely one of the best of the early 2000s!
Sarah Jessica Parker, 2000 Emmy Awards
Sarah Jessica Parker was one of the most iconic fashionistas of the early 2000s. She always brought her A-game to the red carpet, and this look from the 2000 Emmy Awards is no exception. Parker wore a plunging white gown with a train that made a statement. She accessorized with dangling earrings and her signature updo.
Taylor Swift, 2008 Met Gala
When it comes to the early 2000s, there is one red carpet look that always comes to mind: Taylor Swift at the 2008 Met Gala. The then-18-year-old singer wore a plunging gold gown. While her career has only gone up since then, this is definitely one of her best looks ever.
Salma Hayek, 2005 amFAR Event
Salma Hayek looked stunning at the 2005 amFAR event in a plunging hot pink dress. The fitted gown showed off her curves and complimented her hourglass figure. Hayek accessorized with diamond earrings and a bracelet, completing the look with nude heels. Her hair was styled in loose waves, giving her a glamorous and sexy vibe.