R.I.P. The White Stripes: A Look Back At Their Amazing Signature Style

Meg and Jack White of The White Stripes in a promotional photo.

After more then 13 years of making sweet, sweet music together, The White Stripes are calling it quits (it’s OK, cry it out). The color-coordinated duo announced that as of Feb. 2 they’d cease recording and performing as The White Stripes. But they aren’t leaving the game empty-handed. Their 2001 breakout hit “Fell In Love With a Girl” won’t soon be forgotten; neither will 2003’s standout song “Seven Nation Army”…oh, and need we remind you about the band’s four Grammy Awards.

Jack White and Meg White (who were once married, but posed as siblings throughout much of their tenure) had this to say on their website about the dismantling: “The White Stripes do not belong to Meg and Jack anymore. The White Stripes belong to you now and you can do with it whatever you want. The beauty of art and music is that it can last forever if people want it to. Thank you for sharing this experience. Your involvement will never be lost on us and we are truly grateful.”

If you must spend a day in mourning, we understand—it’s so hard to say goodbye—but don’t do it in black. Obviously, the apropos hues are red and white.

2002 MTV EVENTS: The White Stripes performed “Fell In Love With A Girl” and “Dead Leaves and The Dirty Ground” at the 2002 MTV Movie Awards, where they wore mostly red, save for Megs bell-bottomed pants. At the VMAs a couple of months later, the duo looked dapper while accepting their awards for Breakthrough Video, Best Special Effects, and Best Editing.

The White Stripes arrive at the 2002 MTV Movie Awards on June 1 and the 2002 MTV VMAs on August 29.
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PHOTO SHOOT WITH ANNIE LEIBOVITZ: Jack and Meg were photographed by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz in 2003 to be included in her book and exhibition, American Music.

The White Stripes, New York City, 2003.
Photo: Annie Leibovitz

EMA 2003: The band accepted their award for Best Rock Band in mod gear, plus fuzzy toppers—a wooly jacket on Jack, and a bucket hat on Meg.

Jack and Meg White walk the carpet and accept an award at the MTV EMA on November 6, 2003.
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PERFORMING/JACK’S RIPPED SHIRT: The duo stayed true to their red and white theme even in wrinkled, stitched-up tees.

Meg and Jack perform at Live 105’s “Big Friggin Deal” Concert on June 13, 2003.
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MEG’s SCARVES AND HAIR: Meg, who often rocked polka dot neck scarves and Old Hollywood hairdos during performances, came up with the name “The White Stripes,” inspired by her love of peppermints (check out the peppermint painted on her drums).

Meg White performing in 2000, at Bonaroo on June 17, 2007, and in San Diego July 29, 2005.
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GRAMMYS 2004: The group went retro at the 2004 Grammy Awards, where they performed “Seven Nation Army” and a cover of Son House’s “Death Letter” and won for Best Alternative Music Album for Elephant. Meg wore a long white gown with a leaf pattern on the red carpet and a simple black tank while performing. Meanwhile, Jack rocked a ’60s inspired red and black suit pre-show and his famous black leg/red leg pants while performing.

Jack and Meg White walk the carpet and perform at the Grammy Awards on February 8, 2004.
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JACK’S WESTERN PHASE: There was a time, around 2005, when Jack performed repeatedly in cowboy hats, chaps-style pants and neck scarves. Yeehaw!

Jack White on October 1, 2005 and December 1, 2005.
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ALBUM COVERS: What’s red, white and black all over? The White Stripes album covers—all of them.

The White Stripes (1999), De Stijl (2000), White Blood Cells (2001), Elephant (2003), Get Behind Me Satan (2005), Icky Thump (2007)

The White Stripes in on June 19, 2007.
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