24 photos that document Gwen Stefani’s journey to kick-ass style

With multiple clothing lines under her belt and a fashion history that rivals other singers, Gwen Stefani has rightly earned her place as a style icon. But she didn’t start off that way.

 

The early days

The year? 1996. The occasion? A photo shoot with her No Doubt bandmates. Back then, Gwen was just starting to feel out her style persona, but one thing was clear: The girl had a defined attitude and a penchant for breaking style rules.

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The late ’90s

Bold neon hair colors, belly-baring styles and statement shoes ruled Gwen’s style during the last few years of the ’90s. We were just starting to see the woman that would break fashion boundaries and show the rest of us that personal style is what you make it.

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The early 2000s

By now, Gwen was a bit more established in her career and she was still changing up her look all the time. Hats were definitely a fave for the singer at this point, and so was the urban look. Cargo pants, funky tops and the like reigned supreme in her street and red carpet looks.

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The mid-2000s

As Gwen embarked on a solo career, launched her own clothing line and settled into married life, she again switched up her look a bit. We started to see a classy side of Gwen on the red carpet but her inner sporty, urban chick still came out quite often.

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The Harajuku Girls phase

As the Harajuku Girls started showing up in Gwen’s solo videos, on her clothing line’s merchandise and more, she went through a whole new fashion phase. More playful styles definitely reigned over this period of the singer’s life.

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The late 2000s

Married life, motherhood and career changes brought on a further evolution to Gwen’s style. Chic red carpet moments replaced brass, bold outfits at times, but the singer always maintained her daring approach to style with funky prints.

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2010 and beyond

As Gwen’s celebrity status rose, she also elevated her fashion. Cool, wearable edgy ensembles were the style du jour, but she also kept her ’90s fans appeased with classic Gwen stage outfits.

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Today

These days, Gwen has really come full circle with her style. She seems as comfortable donning luxe, high-fashion outfits as she does rocking bold prints and urban styles, and for that versatility we love her.

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