Zendaya, Meghan Markle among 8 celebs with the biggest style transformations

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Zendaya attends the red carpet of the movie Dune during the 78th Venice International Film Festival. (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/WireImage)
Zendaya attends the red carpet of the movie Dune during the 78th Venice International Film Festival. (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/WireImage)

Let's take a trip down memory lane. Here we look at stars who've shifted their wardrobe dramatically over the course of their careers.

8. Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireI

In the early 2000s, Angelina Jolie was known for her dyed black hair and penchant for wearing leather. By the middle of the decade, her fashion took a more elevated turn with her opting for Versace on many red carpet occasions. In her role as special envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for refugees, the actress has opted for professional and sleek attire while still preserving a bit of her own edge with a black-heavy colour scheme.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 15: Angelina Jolie ar

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7. Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift during 41st Annual Academy of Country

In her early years of fame, Taylor Swift was a country princess with a wardrobe to match - often wearing cowboy boots and sundresses, rarely seen without her guitar. As she produced more albums and gravitated towards pop music, Taylor switched up her look accordingly. Her performance attire and red carpet ensembles tend to reflect her album cycle. 

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Musician Taylor Sw

In the early 2010s, the singer almost always chose a red lip. In 2014 she cropped her hair and most of her tops. her cottagecore Americanah aesthetic began in 2020 with the release of her more alternative record, Folklore

6. Blake Lively

Blake Lively during 2005 Teen Choice Awards - Arri

In 2005, Blake Lively's approach to the red carpet was more casual. After being cast in the hit teen series Gossip Girl, she updated her wardrobe with more high fashion and sleek pieces. Now known to the world as Serena van der Woodsen, the actress opted for monochromatic looks in bright colours for her red carpet appearances. In the late 2010s, her iconic looks at the Met Gala further elevated her style status.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Blake Lively attends Heave

5. Victoria Beckham

LONDON - AUGUST 5: Former Spice Girl Victoria Beck

As Posh Spice, Victoria Beckham was known to rock sleek looks on stage and in a music video. Flash forward a few decades and she is a fashion mogul in her own right. As part of the Spice Girls, Victoria Beckham experimented by colouring her hair and wearing a lot of bodycon dresses. Now, her chic and more high fashion wardrobe has made her a style icon.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 22: Victoria Beckham leavin

4. Miley Cyrus

Actress/singer Miley Cyrus arrives at the 2008 Tee

On the show Hannah Montana, Miley was dressed in layers of colourful clothing. After the show ended in 2011, an independent Miley pivoted to a more mature look. In the following year, the singer's style changed with her music as she went from daring part looks around the release Bangerz to cowboy boots and flowing beachy waves in her hair for her country-pop album Younger Now.


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3. Meghan Markle

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Actress Meghan Mar

In her earlier career as an actress, Meghan Markle favoured cocktail dresses for red carpet events. After joining the British royal family, the Duchess had to avoid dresses that were above the knee - her style got sleeker and elevated in terms of designers. After she and Prince Harry step down as senior members of the royal family, her attire has evolved to a mixture of elegant fashion and calculated stylistic experiments.  

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: Meghan, Duchess of Su

2. Kim Kardashian 

Kim Kardashian visits MTVs TRL at the MTV studios

Kim Kardashian's fashion in the early 2000s was on trend for her bourgeoning celebrity life in the valley. She wore plenty of wide belts, big sunglasses and tracksuits. Her style shifted dramatically in 2012 when she began dating Kanye West. In her marriage to the rapper and fashion designer, Kim became known for athleisure and luxury looks. She swopped her vibrant colours for a more neutral palette and daring silhouettes. 

LOS ANGELES CA - MAY 22: Kim Kardashian steps out

1. Zendaya

HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 14: Zendaya Coleman attends

After rocking kid-friendly, layered and busy looks while on the Disney show Shake It Up, Zendaya maintained her colourful outlook and started switching up her silhouettes. Her elevated and creative looks started to turn heads. She has made a name for herself at the Met Gala since 2017, cementing her status as a major fashion player. Zendaya was announced as the new face of Valentino in 2020 and continues to push sartorial boundaries in her street style and luxury looks. 

VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 03: Zendaya attends the

Which star do you remember rocking a newsboy cap or velour tracksuit who would be unrecognisable today? Let us know here.

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