So without further adieu, here is a rundown of what I remember being de riguer for any self proclaimed southern california, high school fashionista:
Part 1: Accessories and the like
Really obviously highlighted hair a la Kelly Clarkson.
Honorable mentions: the extreme side bang comb over, ultra-blonde, crispy looking water polo hair (for guys), dyed black hair to be ~eDgY~ and of course, the ubiquitous, long (artificially) blond hair.
The gold (silver?) standard for jewelry: a chunky Tiffany's bracelet. Extra sass points if yours had a cherry charm.
Conversely, the Livestrong bracelet was THE item. I remember you could buy them at Starbucks and I also specifically remember seeing a picture of Mary Kate Olsen wearing one with comments below saying things like, "WHERE CAN I BUY THAT RUBBER BAND? WHAT DOES IT MEAN? LIVE STRONG???" These bracelets were so hot they inspired many imitations one of them being my high school gave away I <3 NHS white "rubber band" bracelets at Prom.
Oversize square sunglasses. I couldn't find the particular sunglasses I was looking for but these are close enough. Imagine like three small rhinestones in the top corners et voila: instant scene points.
Street name: Jap-Flaps. Google search term: "asian mesh slipper". I'm not going to lie, I had these. I didn't buy them though. By grandma had a pair that were like mustard yellow with green and pink sequins so I felt a little better knowing that I didn't get them from, say, Urban Outfitters.
However, asian mesh slippers really couldn't hold a candle to RAINBOWS. Story time: I dropped a pencil in my AP Government class and literally every single person was wearing these sandals. I'm not even exaggerating. (If you're curious, I was wearing red low top converse with embarrassing sharpied lyrics on them)