Gilmore Girls is back, giving longtime fans a major dose of nostalgia for that golden era known as the early aughts. This was a period dominated by boot-cut jeans, unnecessary fedoras, iMacs, greasy hair drapes and, of course, the peak era of the WB.
But for Gilmore Girls fans, no one person encapsulates this time more than Milo Ventimiglia, the actor who helped shape many Millennials' adolescence through his unforgettable portrayal of brooding bad boy/bookworm Jess Mariano.
Both onscreen and off, Ventimiglia was a walking, talking poster boy for the early 2000s. He had the hair, the clothes, the unfortunate accessories and the most Y2K-era friends of all time. Photos of Ventimiglia during his Gilmore Girls tenure are like a perfectly preserved time capsule of an era when Paris Hilton was still queen, Sidekicks were all the rage and every kid wished they could have the fast-talking, witty banter that Rory shared with Lorelai, and a bad boy of their own to steal their books and write notes in the margins.
1. Jess Mariano's very first appearance truly had it all: a puffy vest, a camo shirt, an oversized digital watch and a frickin' bracelet. What more could we have asked for? (A: A Von Dutch hat, perhaps?)
2. We don't know which is more 2000s: his Hives t-shirt or the fact that he wore it to the premiere of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.
3. Ventimiglia and his Gilmore co-star Alexis Bledel were one of the It couples of this era. One can only hope their IRL relationship was a little less turbulent than Rory and Jess'.
4. When Ventimiglia wasn't hanging out with his WB girlfriend, he was hanging out with other super hip WB stars like Amanda Bynes.
5. If the 2000s could be summed up in three words they would be: Too. Much. Denim.
6. Where do we even start with this one? The hat? The shirt? The fact that this was taken at a launch party for the T-Mobile Sidekick? Frankly, it's all a bit too much for us to handle right now, so let's just move on.
7. Nothing says "punk" more than wearing a t-shirt that literally says "punk" over a long-sleeved shirt.
8. Guys, we don't know if Ventimiglia has made this clear enough already: he was super into the Volcom trend, and he really wanted you to know that.
9. Who decided sleeves should be three inches too long in new millennium? And how much do they regret that decision now?
10. Milo Ventimiglia. Jamie Kennedy. The 2003 Teen Choice Awards. Enough said.
11. Early modeling photos from the early 2000s are truly the gift that keeps on giving.
12. To have been a fly on the wall at this Halloween party with Ventimiglia and Shane West...