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Seeing Robin Thicke in something other than a retro suit and tie these days is like seeing a unicorn without its horn. It doesn't make any sense. But now there's extra attention on the man's wardrobe as the steady chart topper "Blurred Lines" and its controversial lyrics continue to make a bunch of listeners uncomfortable.
Since a lot of the discussion revolves around the sartorial choices in the video (i.e. the men have clothes and the trio of girls not so much), let's remember a time when Thicke did not have the upper hand clothing-wise—like on TRL in 2005 (at right), or when he had long hair, which turned into shorter, spikier hair. It was the early aughts, and it was a confusing time for male musicians as they evolved away from boy bands of the '90s and into something like a grunge-N'Sync hybrid of alternative rock persuasion. Hop over the jump for exactly what that looked like.
- See Robin in 2003, at a Baby Phat runway show no less. Those locks...of love?
- Later that year he cut his hair, but forgot to button his shirt. Note the neck jewelry is not a tie.
- When he thought that bottom button was just a suggestion.
- That is indeed TRL circa 2005. Leather jacket, camo tee, studded belt, and Pharrell all present.