#TBT: Looking Back at Gwen Stefani’s Changing Style

Cady Lang
#TBT: Looking Back at Gwen Stefani’s Changing Style
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Gwen Stefani might be the ultimate multi-hyphenate: singer-designer-television personality; there’s no doubt (sorry, had to!) she’s one busy lady.

But Stefani wasn’t always a platinum blonde powerhouse. Once upon a time, she was just a girl from Orange County. As her music evolved and career blossomed, so did her personal style.

When No Doubt was still a fledgling band, Stefani performed in Madonna-esque getups, including tulle skirts over leggings and hair bows. Later, her style devolved into the boyish, rocker look that has become her signature aesthetic—a look back into the archive gives definite evidence that Stefani may have been a forerunner of the normcore and athleisure trends. Along the way, there were flirtations with blue and pink hair, body jewelry, and furry bikini tops.

Yet some things have stayed the same—Stefani’s trademark crimson pout, her affinity for crop tops, and her insane washboard abs. And throughout it all, her dedication to staying true to herself and her personal style, come trend or commercial success, has proved itself over and over again.

Here, 23 of Gwen Stefani’s best looks—from the Tragic Kingdom era to her time on the Voice.

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1989: Remember when Gwen Stefani was "just a girl" from Orange County?

1990: The first of many, many crop tops.

1995: A shag jacket pairs perfectly with washboard abs.

1996: OG normcore at its finest.

1997: Was Gwen the forerunner of athleisure this whole time?

1998: Smurfette vibes.

1999: Hot pink hair and Return of Saturn made Gwen a pop-culture icon.

2000: A newsboy hat and pinstriped hip huggers—so early '00s.

2001: Retro glamour with Gavin Rossdale (tear, tear).

2002: Ska-flavored menswear at its finest.

2003: Performing at the Super Bowl halftime show.

2004: A sleek monochromatic look at the Grammys.

2005: Mad for plaid.

2006: A dancehall-inspired look at Fashion Week.

2007: With Anna Wintour at her first L.A.M.B. show.

2008: Taking a bow at her L.A.M.B. show, in a houndstooth shift with son Kingston.

2009: Fringe benefits.

2010: Old Hollywood glamour at the Met Gala.

2011: One-shouldered drama at her 2011 runway show for L.A.M.B.

2012: Stefani showed off her rocking bod in a Stella McCartney ensemble.

2013: A simple but daring look at the Met Gala.

2014: Pretty in pink.

2015: In a red-hot jumpsuit at NYFW.

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