private icon: joey potter

dawson had a creek, but this '90s tomboy had style.

Happy Sweet 16, Dawson's Creek! Yesterday marked the iconic show's 16th birthday (the premiere episode aired January 20, 1998), so obviously we have to celebrate.

While we wish this meant a spontaneous trip to North Carolina to pretend we're back at Capeside High, here's the second best option: channel Joey Potter in her favorite tomboy staples.

As literally the classic girl next door, Potter (played by a baby-faced Katie Homes) favored bootcut jeans, crop tops, simple crewnecks, and fresh other words, '90s trends that have all come back in full force today. 

So skip the makeup, throw on your overalls, and click through these Joey Potter-inspired pieces here (ahem, we've got a feeling both Pacey and Dawson would approve). Then after that, watch the Dawson's Creek season one opening credits below and prepare to get butterflies all over again.