Twenty years ago, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake arrived at the American Music Awards, just a year before their devastating breakup. In the prime of their early careers, the couple showed up in coordinating outfits -- you know, those outfits.
Spears wore a strapless denim gown with a thick, silver choker and chunky chain link-style belt, while Timberlake wore a denim jacket, cowboy hat and blue jeans. It was a moment of history, so ingrained in the collective mindset that the outfit, I can say from experience, is immediately and embracingly recognized when recreated as a Halloween costume.
Jamie Lynn Spears commemorated the outfit herself, commenting on an Instagram post of sister Britney and her ex: "My parents. Divorce is hard."
That it is.
Katy Perry and Riff Raff gave the look a go at the 2014 VMAs, but nothing can stand in for the real nostalgic deal. Even so, we can do our best to honor the tacky stylings of Spears and Timberlake with these 13 denim pieces.