Celebrating 10 Years Of Beyonce’s ‘Crazy In Love’ With 20 Fashion GIFs

Uh oh, uh oh, uh oh, oh no-no! Get ready to feel (kinda) old. It’s been 10 years since the release of Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love.” 10 years. I don’t know about you, but I remember the exact moment I first saw this music video. It was the spring of my freshman year of high school. I had just moved to Virginia after two years living on an overseas Air Force base in South Korea where we were on a pretty significant pop culture lag. To put it in perspective, it was also at this time when I was just discovering who Kelly Clarkson was, more than 8 months after the rest of America had crowned her their Idol and sweetheart. I knew who Beyonce was, though, because I was (still am) a raging Destiny’s Child fan. My family and I had just arrived at the on-base temporary living facility where we would post up for the next month or two, and I flipped on MTV to play in the background while I unpacked. I lucked out with a block of music videos, a huge win on timing. A few songs played that I knew and liked, and then, that horn section loop came in. Jay’s voice. “It’s your girl, Bey!” I didn’t know what it was, but I dropped everything, directed my full attention to the video, and mentally imprinted every second that followed for permanent safe-keeping.

I’ve always been the kind of girl who feels most at-home being (or pretending to be) “one of the boys,” but I had to admit: Beyonce and “Crazy In Love” made embracing all your woman-ness look pretty badass. I was mesmerized by her ability to exude strength in a way that wasn’t bullish and somehow, simultaneously, be very feminine in a way that wasn’t breakable, a way that I actually wanted to identify with. Dresses looked less grossly epicene to me when they were bookending an outfit comprised of a ballcap, cropped satin bomber jacket, and gigantic low-slung pants. And at 14 years old, all of it felt ground-breaking. There are a lot of moments that make Beyonce the colossal star she is today, but it’s this moment, this “Crazy In Love” music video, that will always make me a Beyonce fan. Thus, I invite you to celebrate with me the 10th anniversary of its release (the official date is this Saturday) in the only way a creature raised by the interwebz knows how: ANALYZING THE MUSIC VIDEO FASHION VIA INFINITY (alright, 20) GIFS! All while switching back and forth between the OG version and Emeli Sande’s Gatsby cover. Enjoy!

PUM PUM SHORTS FLOOR ROUTINE

Video: Sony BMG, GIF: MTV/Kelci Shipley

It’s one of the simplest but also one of the most iconic looks of Bey’s career.

TANK TOP EDITORIAL SPREAD

Video: Sony BMG, GIF: MTV/Kelci Shipley

Plain white tanks never looked so good. Incidentally, we just learned this year that the top isn’t as plain as we once thought. Beyonce’s long-time stylist Ty Hunter explained in a behind-the-scenes video from her most recent Pepsi commercial that it was actually covered in tiny rhinestones!

CENTER STAGE SLING-BACKS

Video: Sony BMG, GIF: MTV/Kelci Shipley

This is advanced shoe-gloating at its finest. WE GET IT, BEY. Your heels are hot.

FLASHBULBS AND BANGS

Video: Sony BMG, GIF: MTV/Kelci Shipley

For a fleeting moment in the video, Beyonce road-tests some bangs in a mock photo shoot set-up. It’s a good look albeit a brief one.

BATWING 360 SPIN

Video: Sony BMG, GIF: MTV/Kelci Shipley

The full ensemble is an olive dress with batwing sleeves and a heavily ruched bodycon skirt, and in the scene, we get a kind of early prototype of the 360 red carpet cams that we’ve seen both at our own 2009 MTV Movie Awards and on E!’s Red Carpet GlamCam nearly a decade before either’s existence. #cuttingedge

HAT TIP TO YOU

Video: Sony BMG, GIF: MTV/Kelci Shipley

Bey tips her hat down at the debut of this more tomboy-ish outfit as if to say to all the not-so-girly girls, “Don’t worry, boo. I got you.” OR this is just a thing I told myself as I was self-brainwashing into Beyonce Stan-dom in my teens.

TESTING OUT WAISTBANDS

Video: Sony BMG, GIF: MTV/Kelci Shipley

Little-known (a.k.a. totally made-up) fact: this signature move is just the result of these girls seeing how much movement their baggy pants can stand before they fall down. You know, in unison.

RASTA WRIST FLASH

Video: Sony BMG, GIF: MTV/Kelci Shipley

A quick run of her hand across the brim of her cap reminds us that Gwen Stefani made the Rastafarian color palette very trendy at this juncture in pop culture.

BIG BLUE BUBBLE

Video: Sony BMG, GIF: MTV/Kelci Shipley

We are strongly considering incorporating blue fruity bubblegum into our summer steez purely because of this GIF/look.

CHINCHILLA STOLE SLAP

Video: Sony BMG, GIF: MTV/Kelci Shipley

Beyonce dances alongside Hov in a plushy fur coat (we don’t actually know if it’s chinchilla, but Carter mentions it in his verse so *shrug*), taking a moment to playfully slap him with a bit of the pelt as if to say, “Pffft, quit it, Jay.”

PEEKABOO PELVIC THRUST

Video: Sony BMG, GIF: MTV/Kelci Shipley

She also reveals (with a pelvic thrust) that underneath the louche outerwear situation, she’s sporting a printed leotard/one-piece swimsuit with barely any sides.

YOU’RE WELCOME

Video: Sony BMG, GIF: MTV/Kelci Shipley

This fire hydrant shower feature is very short, but we managed to pull one GIF from it. No need to thank us.

WIND MACHINE STRUT

Video: Sony BMG, GIF: MTV/Kelci Shipley

Then comes the candy-colored dance routine portion in front of an enormous silver fan. Bey kicks this section off with a little Naomi Campbell strut.

LOW-CUT AND SIZZLING

Video: Sony BMG, GIF: MTV/Kelci Shipley

One of my all-time favorite Beyonce moves: she licks her thumb before touching her collarbone to show that she’s SO hot, she sizzles. This is pretty much only ever done when she’s wearing something that exposes her sternum (and diaphragm and d├ęcolletage, etc.etc.) and miraculously always looks cool and not even the slightest bit saddo or creepy.

ACCESSORIES OR FUNDAMENTALS?

Video: Sony BMG, GIF: MTV/Kelci Shipley

Close-up shots like this reveal that there’s some sort of spindly crossed gold body chain at work along Bey’s mid-section. It’s clear that it’s holding the left and right sides of her tangerine dress together and that it extends upward from the bottom of the low neckline, but where does it stop at the top? Is it connected to the shorter, collarbone-grazing fattie chain? Or is there a smaller daintier neck attachment involved?

LADIES, PUT YOUR HEELS UP

Video: Sony BMG, GIF: MTV/Kelci Shipley

More shoe-gloating. This time with the whole crew of girls taking part.

THE MAGIC OF FASHION TAPE

Video: Sony BMG, GIF: MTV/Kelci Shipley

Never have we ever believed fashion tape to be so magical as when we watch this GIF. That’s some hard-working adhesive right THURR.

COLOR BLOCK HEAD BOP

Video: Sony BMG, GIF: MTV/Kelci Shipley

The straight-on shots and synchronized movements really highlight the bananas color block game happening with Bey and her backup dancers in this part of the video. Light orange, bright magenta, neon lime, and more vibrant jewel tones put together with crisp, clean lines and fabric with elegant movement.

VERY MINI SKIRT

Video: Sony BMG, GIF: MTV/Kelci Shipley

Just in case you didn’t believe that this was a very, very short skirt.

CRISS-CROSS BACK

Video: Sony BMG, GIF: MTV/Kelci Shipley

Aaaaand we leave you with Bey looking positively smoking, walking away with her girls. Also, even from the back, this dress is fascinating. Reminisce all over again with the full “Crazy In Love” music video below and tell us in the comments which of these looks is your fave!

+ WATCH BEYONCE’S ’CRAZY IN LOVE’ MUSIC VIDEO

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