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Think about all the “fabulous” things you currently own. Those sunglasses. That purse. Even your iPhone. And how do you anticipate feeling about them in 19 years? Here, let’s reminisce on all things we thought were normal in 1997.

19971

BEYONCE IN HEAD-TO-TOE CALVIN KLEIN

You know you asked for logo gear for Christmas. And oh, you wore it.

19972

BACKSTREET BOYS IN COLOR-COORDINATED SILK

A shiny new style world felt so fresh coming out of the shadows of grunge.

19973

’N SYNC IN MULTICOLORED SILK

Because they had yet to even debut in this country. They were still only tearing up the German charts--and shirts--at the time.

19974

CHRIS HARDWICK IN A LEE’S AD

Ah, Singled Out. Ah, carpenter jeans.

19975

THE VERY FIRST “ALLOY” CATALOG

Just remember what JNCO stands for: Judge None Choose One.

19976

THE OLD FAITHFUL “DELIA’S” CATALOG

Two words: boy shorts.

19977

FIONA APPLE ON “TWIST”

What magical things 1998 would hold--once we got our free Bush CD.

19978

LEANN RIMES WITH A FLIP PHONE

After winning the “Best New Artist” Grammy.

19979

A STAGED BEANIE BABY PORTRAIT

And it took hours to get the order just the way you wanted it.

199710

A PBS GEOGRAPHIC-MYSTERY GAME SHOW

Help us, Rockapella, where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?

199711

THE SEXY COMPUTER OF THE TIME

A Power Macintosh 6500. The model before those jelly-colored iMacs.

1997rosie

THE POWER MEDIA PLAYERS OF THE TIME

Rosie O’Donnell. Katie Couric. And some infant named Matt Lauer.

199713

ANN CURRY IN A “Y” NECKLACE

It was also her debut as the Today show news reader.

199714

CLAIRE DANES AT THE OSCARS

Tucking a short-sleeve sweater into a side-zip skirt like it ain’t no thing.

199715

BARBRA STREISAND AT THE OSCARS

Wearing a knit cocktail dress…with a matching cardigan…and nude pantyhose…and a Sak purse. Joan Rivers said she looked “marvelous.”

199716

NICOLE KIDMAN AT THE OSCARS

This one made Rivers fake-wretch on camera but changed the course of red-carpet dressing for, literally, ever.

199717

JENNIFER LOPEZ IN “LATINA” MAGAZINE

OK, fine. Some things actually never change. Or age.

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