1 of 18
The Style Evolution of a Tween Fashionista
Fifteen years ago Tuesday, on January 12, 2001, Disney Channel viewers first met Lizzie McGuire. Tweens across America rejoiced in seeing a girl who so resembled their own awkward selves on television — but with a wardrobe that was the stuff that dreams are made of. Here, we’ve gathered 17 of the most inspired outfits from noted bandana enthusiast, bold mixer of prints, and diligent non–outfit repeater (except just that one time) Lizzie McGuire.
2 of 18
The Infamous Unicorn Sweater
Lizzie gets off to a rough sartorial start in the series’ second episode, in which Mrs. McGuire orders our protagonist to wear this nightmarish unicorn sweater from Gammy McGuire for school picture day. Not pictured: the blouse she borrowed from the drama club that got splattered with green paint when she protected Miranda from Kate’s attempted outfit sabotage. Friendship is always the best look!
3 of 18
When Lizzie becomes a model and everyone starts treating her differently, she amps up the diva-tude to get the message across to Gordo and Miranda that she wants them to be her friends, not her “people.” Here she is in full top-model mode. You can tell she means business because her eye shadow matches her feathered kimono.
4 of 18
Lizzie wore this cute and casual overall outfit (plus half-up hair in two tiny braided buns) when she tie-dyed her sheets with Gordo in lieu of attending Danny Kessler’s pool party. Hilary Duff herself is such a fan of this early Lizzie look, she recreated it as an adult.
5 of 18
The murder mystery party episode is obviously a major landmark in Lizzie and Gordo’s relationship, but it deserves to be remembered just as much for being a major fashion moment. Lizzie had the luck of drawing the bride character (opposite Ethan Craft as the groom, no less!) for the 1920s-set role-playing costume party, and her glittery white flapper wedding dress, accessorized to perfection with a matching headband, elbow-length gloves, strand of pearls, and white-and-red bouquet for a pop of color, is absolute vintage Lizzie — in more ways than one.
6 of 18
A Classic Lizzie Bandana
Lizzie McGuire is a master accessorizer above all, and her tireless attention to detail is consistent from head to toe — literally. Though her talent with a crimping iron and affinity for butterfly clips are already famous, she was a great proponent of bandanas as well, and can be seen here in a colorful one that she paired with a printed pink tee and choker.
7 of 18
A Very Lizzie Christmas
Aaron Carter is shooting a music video in town, so Lizzie and Miranda, like all self-respecting preteen girls of 2001 would have done, sneak onto the set to meet him. Their skilled evasion of the security guard catches the attention of the director, who offers them a spot in the Christmas-themed “I Want Candy” music video. Lizzie wears this cheerful red snowflake sweater that just barely meets her low-rise metallic silver pants, resulting in that classic early 2000s sliver of midriff to which she was so deeply committed.
8 of 18
Lizzie Inspires a Copycat
When Lizzie selflessly mentors a clueless younger girl, the poor thing takes it a bit too far and mimics every aspect of Lizzie’s life, right down to her clothes and crimped-and-chopsticked hairdo (but in that respect, who can blame her?). Lizzie confronts her copycat when they're both sporting this classic Lizzie look, a raglan tee with safety pin detail and, in a nod to her cartoon subconscious, a comic strip design featuring a blonde girl.
9 of 18
Lizzie in Revolt
When Lizzie befriends Hillridge Junior High’s resident “bad girl,” she adopts a whole new style, starts speaking almost exclusively in acronyms, and nearly gives her parents a heart attack with this (totally fake!) nose ring. Take a chill pill, McGuires: Can’t you see that Lizzie’s only going through this phase as an excuse to experiment with bold new hair techniques?
10 of 18
Pink Hair, Don’t Care
This outfit brings together so many Lizzie wardrobe elements that we love: Allover pink! Camouflage! Labor-intensive hairstyling! A choker necklace! Too many bracelets! But nothing comes close to the impact of that purple plastic bubble backpack. That thing is pure magic.
11 of 18
When Gordo — darling little proto-hipster that he was — develops an obsession with the Rat Pack and stars wearing a fedora everywhere and incorporating 1950s Vegas lounge slang into his middle-school lexicon, the unthinkable happens: It catches on and becomes a full-blown fad. At the inevitable Rat Pack-themed school dance that follows, Lizzie looks sharp in this little blue number, complete with matching gloves and glittering headband on a chic updo, and everyone (even Gordo, despite his commitment to nonconformity) has a swingin’ time.
12 of 18
Romeo and Ju-Lizzie-et
But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and this blue-and-white floral flutter-sleeve top is the sun. Lizzie first appears in this romantic look in drama class, where she has the privilege of reading for Juliet opposite Ethan Craft as Romeo — until they’re interrupted by the unexpected arrival of Frankie Muniz. The choker-and-pendant necklace combo, hair chopstick, and hip-hugging, knee-length patchwork skirt (not pictured) make this a Lizzie ensemble for the ages.
13 of 18
Zombie Clown Lizzie
After Kate breaks a promise to let Lizzie be dungeon mistress at the school’s Halloween party, Lizzie gets her revenge by scaring Kate in this creepy clown costume (Miranda’s parents assist as vengeful Day of the Dead skeletons). Lizzie is scarcely recognizable, opting for dark sunken zombie clown makeup instead of her usual natural look, but the sunflower hair accessories are a dead giveaway (no pun intended) that it’s still her under that jaunty clown hat.
14 of 18
Lizzie’s love is like a plaid, plaid skirt in the episode where she and all the girls in her class compete for the affection of their hunky new English teacher, Mr. Keith, who has a totally dreamy accent and a passion for the poetry of Robert Burns. When Mr. Keith organizes a Scottish culture festival at school, Lizzie is a bonny lass in this kilt and turtleneck combo. Bonus points for the matching hat!
15 of 18
In the Monte Carlo night episode, wherein we learn that Mrs. McGuire has some impressive sleight of hand skills and that there is no theme party that Hillridge Junior High will not throw, Lizzie wears this relatively understated black-and-white striped suit to fulfill her DJ duties — and to orchestrate an elaborate heist to ensure that her image makes it into the HJH yearbook no fewer than 11 times.
16 of 18
Lizzie dabbled in country club chic when she tried adopting all of Ethan Craft’s interests in an effort to convince him that they're made for each other, and that he should be her date to the Sadie Hawkins dance. While delighted that Lizzie also loves golf, grape soda, and Ja Rule (and surely impressed by her neatly coordinated blue-and-yellow golf gear), Ethan tells her that she’s a great friend but the two of them just don’t have “that subject in high school that I’m never gonna pass.” Maybe ask Gordo to be your lab partner in that class, Lizzie! Wink, wink.
17 of 18
Lizzie Wants a Bra
In the iconic scene where Lizzie asks for — nay, demands — her first bra, she wears this quintessentially Lizzie ensemble: a sheer printed top over a camisole, intricately printed pants that in no way match the top, chunky bracelets on both wrists, and some sparkly flower clips holding back her hair. Not pictured: plasticky pale blue faux-leather denim-style jacket.
18 of 18
Lizzie McGuire, International Pop Superstar
Okay, so this is technically from The Lizzie McGuire Movie and not the TV series, but Lizzie’s evolution from cute but klutzy tween to beautiful glittering fashion butterfly culminates in this glorious moment. For her performance of the romantic feel-good anthem “What Dreams Are Made Of,” a duet with fictional Italian songstress/Lizzie doppelganger Isabella, our heroine wears a convertible full-skirted-to-bell-bottomed shimmery lavender midriff-baring three-piece getup with lace overlay made exclusively for her by fictional Italian designer Franca Di Montecatini. What dreams are made of, indeed.