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

by Chrissy Callahan
Apr 21, 2016 at 7:15 p.m. ET

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 it was an interesting journey.

1 /24: The Early Days

1/24 :The Early Days

The year? 1996. The occasion? A photo shoot with her No Doubt bandmates.

2/24 :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. 

3/24 :The Late 90s

Gwen was just starting to feel out her style persona, but one thing was clear...

4 /24: The Late 90s

Gwen Stefani blue hair 90s style

4/24 :The Late 90s

The girl had a defined attitude and a penchant for breaking style rules.

5 /24: The early 2000s

5/24 :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.

6/24 :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.

7 /24: The Early 2000s

Gwen Stefani style

7/24 :The Early 2000s

Hats were definitely a fave for the singer at this point, and so was the urban look.

8/24 :The Early 2000s

Cargo pants, funky tops and the like reigned supreme in her looks.

9/24 :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.

10/24 :The Mid 2000s

We started to see a classy side of Gwen on the red carpet but her inner sporty, urban chick still came out quite often.

11/24 :The Mid 2000s

12 /24: The Mid 2000s

12/24 :The Mid 2000s

13 /24: The Harajuku Girls Phase

13/24 :The Harajuku Girls Phase

As the Harajuku Girls started showing up in Gwen's solo videos, she went through a whole new fashion phase.

14 /24: The Harajuku Girls Phase

14/24 :The Harajuku Girls Phase

More playful styles definitely reigned over this period of the singer's life.

15/24 :The Late 2000s

Married life, motherhood and career changes brought on a further evolution to Gwen's style.

16/24 :The Late 2000s

Chic red carpet moments replaced bold outfits, but the singer always maintained her daring approach to style with funky prints.

17/24 :The Late 2000s

18/24 :The Late 2000s

19/24 :2010 And Beyond

As Gwen's celebrity status rose, she also elevated her fashion.

20/24 :2010 And Beyond

Cool, wearable edgy ensembles were the style du jour.

21/24 :2010 And Beyond

But she also kept her '90s fans appeased with classic Gwen stage outfits.

22/24 :2010 And Beyond

23/24 :Today

These days, Gwen has really come full circle with her style.

24/24 :Today

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.