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Growing up in the 2000s meant several things: Britney Spears was gospel and Spiceworld: the movie was the highest form of cinema. Things were simpler then. Not owning a Juicy Couture velor tracksuit felt like the end of the world, and all my friends’ main concerns were things like who to put in their Myspace Top 8 or who pandora bracelet charm buy next.
It’s not a secret this millennial teen style is back in full force without irony, or that everyone especially yearns for in pre-pandemic times. But still, as someone who immediately donated all of her beloved Diesel lace-up boots, bedazzled Bebe tops and Juicy Couture bags once they went “uncool,” I’m shocked. to see it all come back. And while I currently regret it (and still can’t believe that someone who isn’t me now owns my huge collection of Juicy Couture bags), I’m at least grateful that I saved my pandora charm bracelet.
I’m emotional and nostalgic and extremely sentimental (I’m also, obviously, a Pisces). Any jewel that has a charm it feels like a piece of me at some point. It’s like a tiny frozen memory, something that represented me, and I attach so many memories to each one. My Pandora bracelet from the early 2000s has been sitting on my dresser for years, and every time I look at it, memories of my sweet 16 (it was The Super Sweet 16 era after all) inundate me.
With the launch of Pandora mea collection of customizable and accessible trendy jewelry with prices starting at $22, the brand is gearing up for a big comeback, and I started wearing my OG charm bracelet again for the first time in years. Charli XCX and Addison Rae teamed up with Pandora for a campaign to launch Pandora ME, and Olivia Rodrigo even recently wore layers of Pandora ME jewelry on the Grammys red carpet. Jewels were also everywhere at Coachella last weekend, a telltale sign that Pandora isn’t just coming back, but cool enough to wear to the festival with a style reputation so famous it grabs headlines. of the whole world.
Pandora took over a house just outside the festival site, aptly named The Pandora Oasis, and Charli XCX actually performed for stylish festival-goers who were decked out in Pandora ME customizable link bracelets and necklaces. When I saw her before the performance seated in one of the pink Pandora rooms at the Oasis, I complimented her insane ability to stack Pandora, and she immediately pointed out her favorite piece: the Pandora ME link necklace.
She told me, “I love the layering, and I think that’s what’s so cool about the collection. You can layer it, and it’s like different textures and levels of coarseness.” Her favorite charm is smiley face charmand she thinks the Pandora ME double pavé link is a great addition to any link necklace. Charli’s necklaces, several of which she wore, were actually adorned with a few style accents in green color.
One thing that hasn’t changed since the 2000s, aside from the influence of Pandora, is clearly the out-of-this-world pop star style, which I’ve treated like the bible for as long as I can remember. Basically, if Charli XCX, one of pop’s biggest stars with a chart-topping new album and amazing personal style, says I need a Pandora ME Link Necklace with tons of styling accents, I add it as soon as possible to my basket. And I just know 16-year-old Tara would like it too.
Check out some of my favorite pieces from the Pandora ME collection below.