Justin Timberlake Thinks He and Britney Spears Could Still ‘Rock’ the Matching Denim Look Today

Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears‘ denim 2001 American Music Award outfit is trending once again when Spears’ sister Jamie Lynn couldn’t help but make a joke about the iconic throwback photo.

Justin Timberlake of N'Sync with Britney Spears
Justin Timberlake of N’Sync with Britney Spears | Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images

Nylon Magazine shared the throwback photo on Instagram. “This superb outfit coordination took place 20 years ago this month, and I promise it doesn’t make me feel old knowing that.” Jamie Lynn Spears then commented, “My parents. Divorce is hard.”

It’s all gravy between Timberlake and Spears. Spears danced to a Timberlake tune in April and hinted about their breakup. “This is my version of Snapchat or TikTok or whatever the cool thing you’re supposed to do these days,” she shared on Instagram along with a video. “As you can see I’m not really dancing folks …… I’m just very bored. PS I know we had one of the world’s biggest breakups 20 years ago …… but hey the man is a genius !!!! Great song JT!!!! Pssss if you KNOW WHAT’S GOOD.”

Justin Timberlake said you do a lot of things when you are young and in love

Timberlake recently mused about the photo with former NSYNC bandmate, Lance Bass his podcast, The Daily Popcast. Timberlake shared that he still digs the sentiment behind the photo.

“I don’t know man, you could kinda rock that today,” he shared. “Look, man, you do a lot of things when you’re young and in love, man. That’s what you do.”

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He hasn’t always been as enlightened about the matching outfits. Timberlake appeared on an Australian talk show in 2016 and was asked what he learned through the years. “If you wear denim on denim, it will get documented,” he replied Page Six reports. “You know what, I don’t think I could even bring that back.” Timberlake was promoting his single, “SexyBack” at the time.

The outfits were Britney Spears’ idea

Learning that the outfits were Spears’ idea probably comes as no surprise after hearing Timberlake discuss them years later. The denim duo has been recreated on t-shirts and in Halloween costumes.

Spears’ dress for the evening even sold for a mint. The denim gown was sold at auction, ultimately scoring $7,199 in 2016. Apparently, bidding began at $500.

Other stars recreated the look too. Katy Perry and Riff Raff appeared in matching denim during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, Page Six recounts. Perry first tweeted at Spears, writing, “I did my best impression, hope [you] likey!” Spears loved the throwback nod. “Just when I thought the denim dress had retired … you bring it back!” Spears tweeted. “You looked amazing.”

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Actor Ryan Reynolds, who’s known for hilarious social media snark, did a photoshop job on the original photo. “The night started exactly as planned. But I take full responsibility for the denim condom. It was a mistake,” he tweeted. He replaced Spears and Timberlake’s faces with his face and his wife Blake Lively.