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Justin Timberlake says the internet will never let him forget his iconic '90s looks

The singer's fans will never forget some of his famous styles.
Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears famously wore matching denim on denim outfits in 2001.
Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears famously wore matching denim on denim outfits in 2001.Courtesy Jeffrey Mayer
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Like many singers who got their start in the '90s, Justin Timberlake has more than a few unforgettable fashion memories he'd like to forget. But if the internet has its say, those iconic looks will live on for years to come.

The singer, who turned 40 over the weekend, recently took part in the Hollywood Reporter's annual songwriter roundtable with John Legend, Mary J. Blige, Janelle Monáe and Leslie Odom Jr. During the hour6long chat, Timberlake recalled a panel discussion he participated in at Berklee College of Music and shared the mix of comedic and serious career advice he gave to students.

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"I confessed that there was maybe a period in the '90s where I could skip over some of the outfits that were public, but that the internet will never let me," the former 'N Sync band member said.

Monáe interjected and said "No, those are iconic, too iconic." Legend got a good laugh out of the story, too. "C'mon, denim on denim on denim on denim, that will never be forgotten!" he said.

Timberlake took it all in good stride and played along.

"Thanks, John. Uh, no, the internet won’t allow me to forget them. So it’s all good,” he said.

Legend, of course, was referring to the matching denim outfits that Timberlake and his then-girlfriend Britney Spears wore to the 2001 American Music Awards.

Last year, the singer appeared on his former 'N Sync bandmate Lance Bass's podcast The Daily Popcast and told his friend that he thinks the iconic look is still relevant, even 19 years later.

"I don't know man, you could kind of rock that today," Timberlake said. "Look, man, you do a lot of things when you're young and in love, man. That's what you do."

The members of 'N Sync definitely had their own unique sense of style.Courtesy Mike Prior / Redferns

During his time in 'N Sync, Timberlake had no shortage of memorable fashion moments, and denim seemed to be a go-to look for the singer.

Justin Timberlake has always had a knack for denim looks.Courtesy Frank Trapper / Corbis via Getty Images

Blue, in general, was a color the pop star often sported during the band's heyday.

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A photo of the band circa 1998.Courtesy Ron Galella / Ron Galella Collection via Getty

At the beginning of his career, Timberlake and his bandmates certainly weren't afraid of trying out flashy fabrics.

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Bold fashions were one of the band's specialties.Courtesy Jeff Kravitz / FilmMagic

And they often wore coordinating ensembles on tour and for public appearances.

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The band during a performance at Madison Square Garden.Courtesy KMazur / WireImage

In 2019, Timberlake's wife, actor Jessica Biel, dressed up as her husband from his boy band years for Halloween. She even got her hubby's blessing before dressing up.

“This was his idea,” she revealed at the time.

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Jessica Biel channels her husband for Halloween in 2019.Courtesy Michael Kovac / Getty Images for Casamigos

After having some fun talking about fashion during the roundtable, Timberlake took a minute to get serious about the advice he has for aspiring singers.

“For me, I always felt like the work that I did when nobody was watching was the most important work,” he said. “ ... I come from a creed and a generation that the hardest job you have is to make it look like it all just came so easily to you, you know?”