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Gwen Stefani: From No Doubt to the cover of ELLE

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Gwen Stefani's style evolution

Gwen Stefani's style has evolved over the years from SoCal ska chick to bona fide couture queen. What are your fave Gwen looks?

Gwen Stefani on the cover of ELLE

Our style crush, Gwen Stefani, is gracing the cover of this month's ELLE – and she still puts those other pop tarts to shame with her on-point style, incredibly hot bod and happy marriage with rocker Gavin Rossdale.

"Really? I don't see myself in those girls. I usually put pants on. I see these girls as more going for the sex-symbol thing," Stefani replied when asked if she thought pop stars like Ke$ha, Rihanna and Katy Perry are copying her style. "I was more, in the band, like a tomboy. Of course, I think every girl is sexy, so there's going to be a little of that. But I see a lot of younger artists going more toward the sexy thing."

It's true – Stefani came out of the gate with her ska-inspired look – I would know, I still have my Tragic Kingdom CD (yes, CD!) and No Doubt t-shirt from 1996. Need proof? Let's take a look back at Stefani's style evolution from No Doubt to L.A.M.B. – and everything in between.

Early No Doubt

Stefani immediately grab the music world's attention when No Doubt stepped out onto the scene. Her blond hair and cover girl looks caught male attention -- and her grrrl power attitude won over the female fans in an instant. Her early looks were purely ska punk: lots of white blond hair, pale makeup and shockingly red lips matched with Dickies pants, white tank tops, suspenders -- and of course, she helped bring the bindi trend to suburban America.

Gwen Stefani's early looks

Gwen Stefani early days

Images: Christina Radish/WENN

Harajuku Lovers and L.A.M.B.

Stefani stretched her legs a little when the new millenium hit -- she struck out on a solo career and pursued one of her first loves, fashion. The result? Stefani's uber-popular L.A.M.B. clothing line that's adored by celebs ranging from Ashlee Simpson to up-and-coming fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson.

Gwen Stefani and her Harajuku Girls

Gwen Stefani at the 2004 premiere of Anchorman

Image: Jody Cortes/WENN

Gwen Stefani and husband Gavin Rossdale

Gwen Stefani at the Kid's Choice Awards

Images: Nikki Nelson/WENN

Couture mom

Stefani's style has evolved into a more polished, sophisticated mom style that stills screams high fashion.

Gwen Stefani at NYFW Fall 2011

Image: Jeff Grossman/WENN

Gwen Stefani and son Kingston

Check out little Kingston's fur vest!

Gwen STefani April 2011

Images: STS/WENN

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