This is Paris Hilton's single favourite outfit from The Simple Life

The Simple Life: name a more iconic show. First aired in 2003, it featured heiresses Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie ditching the glam life in LA for, yes, a much simpler life in small towns, doing tough jobs (they headed to a farm in Arkansas for season 1).

It also featured lots of iconic early naughties outfits, including but not limited to, Dior wedges, low-slung denim skirts and plenty of Juicy Couture tracksuits. If you feel like a trip down memory lane, all episodes of The Simple Life are available to stream on now.

To celebrate, I called Paris Hilton to chat about the show, Nicole Richie, and her lockdown fashion tips.

What’s your favourite episode or moment from the show?

One of my favourite jobs that we had was working at Sonic Drive-In in the first season of the show, and we had to put on these milkshake outfits and make food and milkshakes and run about and cause havoc.

What’s the most iconic outfit you’ve worn on the show?

One of my favourite outfits is the one that was the season 1 promo shot that was on all the billboards, where Nicole is wearing overalls and I’m wearing a denim mini skirt (pictured above).

Is there an outfit of Nicole’s that you would’ve loved to borrow?

We always tried to match our outfits throughout the show, where we’d either twin or have the outfits resemble each other. She did wear a lot of Missoni which I loved (pictured below).

Did you keep any mementoes from the show?

I’ve kept loads of mementoes, a lot of outfits. I loved the fashion, a lot of Juicy Couture.

Is there anything about the show that people don’t realise?

Everything on the show wasn’t scripted, it was us doing what we were told. I can’t think of anything on the show that wasn’t shown.

Would you ever do a The Simple Life reboot?

Yes I think it would be so much fun. Especially the Leding family in Arkansas, I would like to see them again.

Do you have any lockdown fashion tips?

I just like to be comfortable, I always wearing my Juicy Couture tracksuits, I have them in every single colour so I have a lot to choose from


What’s the first thing you’d like to do after the lockdown?

I just can’t wait to meet my new niece. My little brother had a daughter at the beginning of lockdown in New York, so I just want to meet her. And also travel, I just want to be on a plane, this is the first time in my life that I’ve stayed in one place. I just want to see it in a positive way, I’ve spent a lot of time with my boyfriend and my dogs, and to be at home and cook.

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.