Britney Spears might not be as much of an A-list celebrity these days – and her talent as a singer is still in question decades after her debut single “…Baby One More Time” helped establish the new pop scene in the late nineties. But I can’t deny that homegirl had some pretty amazing wardrobe moments that are still considered iconic today. That’s because celebrities who might be considered a bit more popular these days have tapped into their inner Britney and wore her most notable outfits, some proudly and some have yet to admit that Britney was the influence behind many of their now iconic wardrobe choices.
For those of us who remember Britney’s glory days, we know the real deal. Still, the stars who are accused of knocking Britney’s style might have looked better doing it. There’s a saying that it’s not about who does it first, it’s about who made it famous. And while the likes of Katy Perry have given Britney her props for the all denim outfit she sported at an awards show, no one can rock a leather red suit like Britney did in the “Oops! … I Did It Again” video, but many did try. From the schoolgirl outfit to the snake around her neck during her unforgettable “I’m A Slave 4 U” performance, Britney held it down when it came to rocking outfits that fit her pop lifestyle. Now, it’s time to see some other famous women who did the same, and decide who did it better. Let’s take a look!
15. Katy Perry Rocks Her Britney Denim Proudly
Katy Perry had no shame in her game when she wore a full denim outfit from head to toe at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. Perry seemed proud to admit that she and her date for the night, rapper Riff Raff, were tapping into Britney Spears and her ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake’s all denim outfit 13 years before at the American Music Awards. Perry said on the red carpet, “We’re wearing custom Versace. A throwback to Britney and Justin.” It might not be clear what designer Britney and Justin were wearing, but I have to say that the pop duo, Britney and Justin, looked much hotter in the denim outfits. In 2001, it was hot. In 2014, not so much. But if you ask Justin, he wishes they would have never done it at all. “If you wear denim-on-denim, it will get documented. You know what, I don’t think I could ever bring that back,” he said in an interview.
14. Kate Upton Puts On Her Best Britney
Model Kate Upton is another Kate who tapped into her inner Britney Spears, but hers was on a much different level than Katy Perry, as it was filmed on television. Kate belted out, or pretended to at least, Britney’s “…Baby One More Time” for a recent episode of Lip Sync Battle. Britney’s iconic video and song was featured on the show after the likes of Ginuwine’s “Pony” and Beyonce’s “Who Run the World” singles were also a part of the hilarious series in which celebrities dress up and pretend to be an artist to perform. I have to say it looks like the most fun game of karaoke ever! Anyway, when it comes to whether Kate outdid Britney, she definitely played up her sexy on a different level than Britney did. But if you remember, Britney was only a teenager when she sang, “Oh baby, baby,” at the beginning of the song and probably wasn’t allowed to be too sexy. So this one will just have to be a tie.
13. Who Rocked The Nude Jumpsuit Best?
In Britney’s defense, it would be difficult to win any battle against Jennifer Lopez when it comes to who’s hotter, even if J. Lo was wearing an outfit that Britney made famous first. But this might just be the case when it comes to the sparkly nude body suit. Britney rocked hers for a performance at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards while Jennifer wore a similar outfit 11 years later at the American Music Awards. Comparing the two, Jennifer’s definitely looks more classy and put together, even if it is a nude color with sequins all over. Britney’s just looks… well, not as great. I think her hairstyle might have had more to do with it. Still, when it comes to performances, J. Lo has said that she would rather see Britney than Mariah Carey. So at least Britney won that round! All is not lost for you, baby girl.
12. Kaley Cuoco Channels Britney
Britney Spears is clearly a fun topic of conversation as her name was tossed in the hat for a performance on Celebrity Lip Sync Battle not once, but twice. Kate Upton wasn’t the only star to impersonate her. Remember when actress Kaley Cuoco did the same? While Kaley plays a hot blonde on CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, she didn’t do the cliche “…Baby One More Time” outfit. Instead, it was the infamous snake look, as Kaley pretended to sing “I’m A Slave 4 U.” She completed her look with a belly roll here and there and of course wore a green belly top, shorts, and the blonde wig that made it oh so fun to watch. But I think it’s safe to say no one can do the “Slave” look like Britney. It’s just not right to even think about it. Still, seeing ladies like Kaley pay homage is always a great thing.
11. Miley Cyrus Pays Homage
Miley Cyrus is certainly a newbie to the game as she was probably just getting beyond the crawling stage when Britney had her first number one hit. But real definitely recognized real when Miley recreated one of Britney’s most memorable pieces. Miley proudly wore a backpack covered with Britney’s face while she strutted the red carpet at none other than Britney’s show for her residency in Las Vegas. Miley paired hers with a Calvin Klein crop top and a throwback Issey Miyake suspender skirt topped off with Versace heels. I love that Miley saluted Britney with the backpack; especially since the two of them seem to be close friends behind closed doors (let’s not forget the fishnet and pasty outfit Miley also wore after Britney). She even defended Miley after she got all of that backlash for her performance with Robin Thicke at the 2013 Video Music Awards on MTV. But Britney wins this battle in our book.
10. Battle Of The Queen Bs?
It’s the battle of who the Queen B really was when Beyonce wore a red latex outfit that is said to have been inspired from Britney’s “Oops! …I Did It Again” video. As for Beyonce, hers was a little different as it wasn’t an outfit that covered her full body but rather was completed as one of the standout body suits Beyonce was wearing at the time. The top was also a little different with ruffles as Beyonce paired the outfit with knee high red boots. Who wore it better? Well, this one is kind of tough because both ladies rocked the outfit in their own ways. Yes, Britney did it first but Beyonce made it her own, and that’s if she was even inspired by Britney for the outfit to begin with. There can only be one queen so the crown goes to Britney on this one. Simply because she made much more noise when she rocked it in the video.
9. Jessie J’s “Bang Bang” Version
Oh, Jessie. Her voice isn’t the only thing that makes her one of our favorite woman crushes. A highly talked about moment was when Jessie J wore the exact same outfit as Britney for one of her looks in the “Bang Bang” video featuring Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. As for Britney, she also wore the red crop top and high waist black pants in a performance that is clearly still being talked about today. As for who looked better, I think it’s safe to say that both ladies definitely rocked it considering they have the body for it. Similar to the Beyonce incident, both ladies made it their own even though it’s the same thing. It’s actually kind of difficult to chose who wore it better because the outfits are so similar. The only difference is Britney’s long blonde hair against Jessie’s shoulder length, black curly hair. Choices, choices!
8. Did Christina Aguilera Throw Shade?
Okay, anyone who was a part of the Christina v. Britney crew knows it is almost a cardinal sin to compare the two, especially when it’s an article about Britney. But considering both of these pop princesses wore similar outfits on multiple occasions, we had to add it to the list. Plus, it would be fun to see these two have a reunion in some capacity. From the black, v-neck crop tops to the matching long blonde hair, it was kind of difficult to for these ladies to have any type of individuality. But Christina was all for it when it came to dressing up like Britney for a spoof on The Voice back in 2015. Christina went as far as wearing pigtails with bangs, a schoolgirl outfit (you can see where this is going) complete with a pleated skirt and grey sweater. She also nailed her best version of a Britney Spears impression on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon that same year. X-Tina was obviously being a bit shady, so this one goes to Britney.
7. Rita Ora’s Leather Fit
The European beauty slayed when she rocked a similar leather outfit as Britney Spears. Rita Ora was spotted out and about with a leather dress and newsboy hat. Of course when Britney wore something similar, she didn’t have a problem showing a bit more skin, but she also sported the newsboy hat. The only difference is that Britney’s dress showed a little more risqué lace on the side. This was clearly when she was phasing out of the innocent schoolgirl phase and going into the more adult version of herself that she probably couldn’t wait to tape into. She even completed her look with black pumps that included straps that went all the way up to her knees. As for Rita? She only needed booties for her dress. I think Rita’s look is a perfect example of why less is more usually always wins in the fashion department. But hey, maybe Britney was her inspiration.
6. Kim Kardashian’s All White Everything
Rita is an example of a celebrity who might have channelled Britney’s street look instead of an outfit from a video or recognizable performance, and Kim Kardashian is another. The reality star looked pretty similar to Britney when she wore an all white dress complete with a white fur scarf. While Kim is known for being a fashionable trendsetter, it was Britney who rocked this look before Kim. It’s not surprising that Kim did this as she has no problem gushing over the pop star. Kim seemed to be over the moon when she introduced Britney at the MTV Video Music Awards back in 2015. Kim even took to Twitter to express her excitement and wrote, “So happy I got to introduce my friend @britneyspears last night! I’m obsessed with #Glory. Go get the album! Let’s #MakeBritneyNumberOne.” Britney seemed to be all for it as she posted a selfie with Kim for the night.
5. Kourtney Kardashian’s Snake Moment
If Kim’s on the list for rocking a Britney outfit, her older sister Kourtney Kardashian should be too. Unlike Kim’s, Kourtney’s look was inspired by Britney’s “I’m a Slave 4 U” as she was spotted with a snake around her neck in one photo. Now, let’s not get carried away. It’s not like any celebrity who wears a snake as a necklace is automatically battling Britney Spears. Britney is just the first one who did it and made it famous, so it’s safe to say many celebrities who follow (whether it’s in her footsteps or not) will be compared to her. In Kourtney’s case, she tried out the snake at a much more low key event than Britney’s now unforgettable performance. Let’s just go ahead and say that Britney did it best. Kourtney was just having fun and probably not even thinking twice about Britney and her snake.
4. Jennifer Lawrence Can’t Keep Up
What could be more fun than seeing actress Jennifer Lawrence in her element in action movies like the Hunger Games franchise? Well, seeing her prance around in her best Britney Spears impression of course. Yes, the video was extremely cringeworthy and awkward to watch as it wasn’t clear if the actress was trying to do her best catwalk strut or what. But one thing is for certain, the lovable star did not have it what it takes to come across as a mean girl as she smiled before she belted out “Hi! My name is Britney Spears…” I mean, I’m definitely willing to give Jennifer an A for effort. But when it’s compared to Britney, you have to come prepared when you say that line. It was like Britney’s biggest comeback after her meltdown and you could feel her shutting down her haters. Let us feel it Jennifer!
3. Lauren Conrad’s Best Britney Impersonation
Lauren Conrad definitely seemed to have fun with her Britney Spears Halloween costume. It’s actually pretty genius, I’m surprised more celebrities haven’t tapped into it. Many of them would rather dress up like Beyonce and Lil Kim, but Lauren braved the storms when she dressed up as none other than Britney Spears back in 2011. At this point, I don’t think I have to say what video she was channeling with a grey sweater, white buttoned up crop top, pleated skirt, grey knee highs, pink bows in her hair, and baby doll shoes. But what I can say is that Lauren nailed it. Being the fashionista that she is, it’s safe to say she understands if she’s going to put herself out there to dress like Britney, she can’t have any slip-ups. And while she didn’t, Britney still wore it best when it comes to longevity and memorable moments. Sorry, LC!
2. Britney Spears vs. Rachel Hilbert
Rachel Hilbert also took on Britney Spears for Halloween in 2015. Her look was a little bit more basic than Lauren’s and Britney’s, but still very similar and bold enough to tell what she was trying to pull off, kind of. Rachel didn’t look like she put as much effort into it, but did she really have to? It’s Rachel Hilbert. Seeing Rachel with Britney’s now epic skirt, grey sweater, white button up combination almost reveals just how little she tried. She might not get an A for effort but she also didn’t rock the outfit nearly as close to as great as Britney did. Rachel even looked a little bored while doing so. But she would have been a solid background dancer. Meanwhile, Rachel has gone back to rocking her Victoria’s Secret wings. It won’t be surprising if she has relaunched the trend of dressing up like Britney Spears. Now that she’s done it, it could be the new go-to Halloween outfit.
1. Is Ariana Grande The New Britney?
This songstress has worn outfits similar to Britney’s “…Baby One More Time” look on more than one occasion; in fact, I think most of us lost count of how many times singer Ariana Grande has sported the outfit. Still, one of her most notable times is when she wore it for a concert in Tokyo back in September of 2014. But she switched it up then and wore the staple skirt but opted for a simple, grey tee versus the unbuttoned grey sweater and white crop top. And instead of the pigtails, Grande wore her well known high ponytail. I have to say while Ariana is often compared to Britney when it comes to this look, she has definitely modernized it and made it her own. Now, the next person who does it could be compared to Ariana instead of Britney. But we’ll always know Britney is the one who did this look and many others first.