When 17-year-old Britney Spears burst onto the pop-music scene in 1999 in braids and a skimpy schoolgirl uniform, quite a few people thought that the world might have found itself a new fashion icon. She was a fresh face -- an innocent, bubbly teenager with a bit of a naughty streak -- and girls around the world instantly latched on to her unique fashion sense.
Unfortunately, it's been a bit of a rough road since then for Britney -- fashion and otherwise. She played the America's sweetheart role for a little while, but then was suddenly not-that-innocent. She had two kids, made a whole bunch of questionable decisions, and her career died and was resurrected at least twice. Her entire life became tabloid fodder -- and her fashion choices still made news, but usually for all the wrong reasons.
But even though Britney is a bit of a train wreck in the style department, she still has much to teach us. We can learn plenty of lessons from her fashion missteps. Just to be clear, here: These are lessons we can learn from Britney -- but not, for the most part, lessons she actually follows. But we have hope that she'll turn things around and reinvent herself, yet again.