Why “Piece of Me” Is Still One of Britney Spears’s Best Music Videos


It helps that “Piece of Me” is filled with epic 2000s style too, which couldn’t be more on-trend right now. (Spears, after all, is a pioneer of Y2K style.) Directed by Wayne Isham, the music video begins with a swarm of photographers camped outside of Spears’s hotel, where the pop star and her friends are getting ready for a night out. “I’m Miss Bad media karma, another day, another drama,” she sings. Against a wall of colorful lights, she then sports a faux fur vest, a sequined black bra, and a pair of slashed Destroyed Brand denim jeans. They couldn’t be more current; have you seen the shredded denim at Diesel or Blumarine this season? Torn jeans have ripped their way back into fashion. 

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Once they arrive at the nightclub, Spears then changes into blingy party dresses that could appear on a Versace or Miu Miu runway today. There’s the purple, sequined minidress by costume designer Marina Toybina that she wears with giant aviators, while pulling a paparazzo into the bathroom and writing sucker on his forehead with her red lipstick. Or there’s the white faux-fur jacket with a sheer, paillette-embellished top—this was the era of going-out tops—that she strikes several poses in. The fun fashions Spears sports in the video is the perfect embodiment of the mid-to-late aughts era, when flashy maximalism ruled. When it comes to Spears and Y2K party wear, simply always gimme more!

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