Before she became a pop siren and sex symbol, Jennifer Lopez rocked velour sweatsuits and leopard-print. As J.Lo celebrates her 45th birthday on July 24, see the star's style evolution from girl from the block to an American fashion idol.
Who's that girl? That's what millions said in 1994 when Lopez was first spotted on the Los Angeles music scene fully embracing her '90s look. We kinda wish she'd bring back those wild, natural wild curls, don't you?
On Feb. 28, 1998 at the 17th Annual C...
On Feb. 28, 1998 at the 17th Annual CFDA Awards -- an event celebrating another style icon, Elizabeth Taylor -- Lopez began to reveal her chic fashion flair in a sheer gown.
The Bronx songbird started to push he...
The Bronx songbird started to push her style envelope, rocking a gold sequined dress at the 41st Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 24, 1999.
J. Lo left less to the imagination in...
J. Lo left less to the imagination in this plunging gown she wore to the VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards on Dec. 5, 1999. The dress stood out as Jenny's most jaw-dropping ensemble to date. Until...
Eyes couldn't help but bulge when Lop...
Eyes couldn't help but bulge when Lopez hit the red carpet at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 23, 2000, wearing the infamous Versace gown that remains her boldest and most iconic look. The singer may not have won any awards that night, but it's easy to see why she still managed to score tons of headlines.
Lopez tipped her hat to her hip-hop r...
Lopez tipped her hat to her hip-hop roots when she showed up to the MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 7, 2000 in this midriff-baring, 'round-the-way-girl ensemble, matching then-boyfriend Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs to a T.
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By now, Jennifer was a celebrated A-l...
By now, Jennifer was a celebrated A-list actress as well as a chart-topping singer. Here, she's seen posing for photographers at the Shrine Auditorium during the 73rd Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 25, 2001. At first, the Chanel haute couture gown appeared more demure that her previous ensembles, but the flashbulbs revealed a sexy surprise underneath the completely sheer top.
Isn't she pretty in pink? Keeping her...
Isn't she pretty in pink? Keeping her couture look hot (but a bit more PG-rated), Lopez attended the 74th Annual Academy Awards on March 24, 2002 in a gorgeous rose-colored Versace gown and a throwback bouffant.
Just when we thought she'd gone high-...
Just when we thought she'd gone high-glam for good, J.Lo let her B-Girl loose at MTV's TRL on May 22, 2002. The velour suit, complete with large gold hoop earrings, proved Jenny still knew her way back to the block.
Halloween came early for Jen on Octob...
Halloween came early for Jen on October 29, 2003, as she showed up to the Dolce & Gabbana launch party at Bergdorf Goodman in NYC rocking a gypsy-meets-retired grandmother look. She earned less rewards for this fashion risk.
Jennifer quickly bounced back when sh...
Jennifer quickly bounced back when she arrived to the Costume Institute Gala on April 26, 2004. Jenny had the perfect accessories for her decadent black Dolce & Gabbana gown: She arrived with the designers themselves.
Lopez showed up to the launch of her ...
Lopez showed up to the launch of her new album Rebirth at the Virgin Megastore in Times Square on March 1, 2005 with an Native American-inspired ensemble.
Once again, J. Lo recovered from a ma...
Once again, J. Lo recovered from a major fashion flop with a stunning high-glamor ensemble. She arrived at the El Cantante premiere at the Museo de Arte in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on July 23, 2007 looking like a true Hollywood starlet. We love how the sculpted, ruched evening gown was polished off with a pair of chandelier earrings, and a dramatic pulled-back 'do.
Singer, dancer, actress ... designer!...
Singer, dancer, actress ... designer! Lopez became a quadruple threat when her "Just Sweet" collection was launched during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Here, she's seen strutting down the runway on Sept. 11, 2007 wearing the newly launched line.
J. Lo showed up to the 66th Annual Go...
J. Lo showed up to the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 11, 2009 looking like a Greek goddess. Dripping gold in a dazzling Marchesa gown, Lopez turned every head with her glamazon look, accented by Lorraine Schwartz jewels.
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Ms. Lopez left us flipping over feath...
Ms. Lopez left us flipping over feathers as she glowed in a pale pink mini-dress, seen here backstage at the 2009 American Music Awards on Nov. 22, 2009.
The Latina diva looked fabulous at th...
The Latina diva looked fabulous at the 2010 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in West Hollywood in a dramatic Gucci gown festooned with an ostrich feather shoulder and cutout side detailing and stunning smoky eyes.
Lopez stepped out at the World Music ...
Lopez stepped out at the World Music Awards 2010 on May 18, 2010 in Monte Carlo, Monaco, in a leopard gown that successfully amalgamated her street style with her glamor-induced edge.
J.Lo stunned in all the right ways wh...
J.Lo stunned in all the right ways when she arrived at the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2011 in her striking red Gucci keyhole gown with floral shrug.
The now-42-year-old singer performed ...
The now-42-year-old singer performed at the American Music Awards at L.A.'s Nokia Theater on Nov. 20, 2011 in a dramatic Swarovski-studded catsuit that showed off her incredible figure. Meow!
At the 2011 American Music Awards, Lo...
At the 2011 American Music Awards, Lopez stopped hearts on the red carpet in her beaded, body-conscious black-lace gown.
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The singer-actress walked the 2012 Os...
The singer-actress walked the 2012 Oscars red carpet in a plunging Zuhair Murad gown. The dress was custom-made for J.Lo and echoed a favorite fashion motif -- nude fabrics with a decolletage-baring neckline.
In 2012, Lopez showed up to an event ...
In 2012, Lopez showed up to an event in a Lanvin dress with a Swarovski crystal snake wrapped around the neck that winded down the left side of the body. The dress fit J.Lo's high fashion tastes: not only was it covered in crystals, but the frock had a staggering $8,000 price tag.
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2012 must have been the year of Lanvi...
2012 must have been the year of Lanvin for J.Lo because at the 21st UNESCO Charity Gala, Lopez kept things classy in a one-shoulder Chantilly lace Lanvin gown with a velvet sash tied to the waist.
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When you're Jennifer Lopez, a simple ...
When you're Jennifer Lopez, a simple dress won't do when receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. J.Lo wore a Dior ballgown, Brian Atwood shoes, a Valentino bag, and H. Stern earrings.
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Ready to show a little skin at the 20...
Ready to show a little skin at the 2013 Human Rights Campaign National Dinner, Jennifer wore a gown from one of her top choice designers (Zuhair Murad), which she accessorized with Brian Atwood shoes, a Swarovski bag, and Neil Lane jewels. Not quite the typical pantsuit those politicians in D.C. are accustomed to.
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To accept her Icon Award at the 2014 ...
To accept her Icon Award at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards , Lopez walked the carpet in a sheer, low-cut, high-slit ruby Donna Karan dress. Icon, indeed!
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For her return to the Bronx in 2014, ...
For her return to the Bronx in 2014, Jenny from the block danced on her home stage in a pantless leotard reminiscent of her infamous 2000 Grammy Awards dress.
The singer definitely didn’t ne...
The singer definitely didn’t need pants for this colorful (and very Miami-appropriate) ensemble for a performance at the iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party on June 28, 2014 in Miami Beach, Fla.
At the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards in...
At the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards in Inglewood, Calif., Lopez kept things sleek on the red carpet in a skimpy silver gown by Charbel Zoe.
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J.Lo stunned in a two-piece ensemble ...
J.Lo stunned in a two-piece ensemble by Celia K, which she accessorized with knee-high gladiator boots by Sophia Webster, during her performance at CBS Radio's We Can Survive benefit at the Hollywood Bowl on Oct. 24, 2014 in Los Angeles.
Lopez went neutral in a sultry Reem A...
Lopez went neutral in a sultry Reem Acra bandage dress on the red carpet at the 2014 American Music Awards on Nov. 23, 2014 in Los Angeles.
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Jennifer Lopez attended the 2015 Vani...
Jennifer Lopez attended the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Feb. 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills working a totally sheer Zuhair Murad Couture dress.
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J.Lo sported a mini-dress with a twis...
J.Lo sported a mini-dress with a twist -- some serious lacy cutouts -- by Roberto Cavalli with matching Jimmy Choo stilettos at the Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards on March 28, 2015 in Inglewood, Calif.
The red-carpet diva looked fierce in ...
The red-carpet diva looked fierce in her opulent, dragon-themed Versace gown at the China: Through The Looking Glass-themed Met Costume Institute Gala on May 4, 2015 in New York City.
Lopez put yet another spin on sheer i...
Lopez put yet another spin on sheer in her stomach-baring Charbel Zoe Couture gown at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas.
Jennifer opted for a more traditional...
Jennifer opted for a more traditional red-carpet look for the 2015 Tony Awards on June 7, 2015 in New York City, wearing a strapless, navy Valentino with sequin embellishments.