Do Celebrities Dress Differently When They're in Relationships? An Investigation

Married vs. consciously uncoupled, Husband #1 vs. Husband #2, etc. 

Married vs. consciously uncoupled, Husband #1 vs. Husband #2, etc. 

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Jennifer Aniston (dating Brad Pitt, 2004)

Minus the hair, this could be JA today. Too bad Brad Pitt wasn't, shall we say, so loyal.

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Jennifer Aniston (single but with the public's pity, 2005)

One of the maybe 12 times she's worn a short hemline for a red-carpet appearance, back-in-the-saddle Jen tried lightening up here, though she kept her signature pared-back style. Then she promptly went back to right back where she started from (dark, long, fitted), which is not a bad thing.

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Jennifer Lopez (married, 2002)

Oof. At this point, she was married to backup dancer Cris Judd. Her hairstylist was married to Elnett.

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Jennifer Lopez (dating Ben Affleck, 2003)

What a difference a year makes, right? Well, when you make up half of the original celebrity super-couple (#RIPBennifer), you get to wear sari-inspired Valentino.

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Reese Witherspoon (married to Ryan Phillippe, 2006)

Whoa. Like, it's her but not her. Maybe she was feeling the effects of Walk the Line, maybe she or then-husband Ryan Phillippe just really liked A-line skirts.

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Reese Witherspoon (single and glam AF, 2007)

I said it once, and I'll say it again: What better way to get back at an ex than having Olivier Theyskens make you a dress the world ooooh-ed over? Nothing.

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Blake Lively (coming off a relationship with Penn Badgley, 2010)

Search terms for single Blake: romantic, feminine, legs.

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Blake Lively (dating Ryan Reynolds, 2011)

Search terms: still romantic, feminine, legs, but add Ryan Reynolds.

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Kim Kardashian (single, 2011)

This in itself is already a departure from pre-Kris Humphries Kim K, given the clip-in bangs and the OG revenge body.

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Kim Kardashian (dating Kanye, 2012)

But then Kanye happened. Even in their first official outing, you can see his influence starting to take hold. What hath Yeezus wrought? All this.

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Miley Cyrus (nearly engaged to Liam Hemsworth, 2012)

The event was the People's Choice Awards. The man was Liam Hemsworth. The vibe was post-Disney polished and so very much in love.

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Miley Cyrus (very open to new experiences, 2013)

Yup.

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Kristen Stewart (about to face the media without Robert Pattinson's support, July 2012)

This was taken *right* in the thick of Rupert Sanders/RPatz-breakup-gate, and while it may not be true of KStew the woman, it definitely marked the beginning of KStew the clotheshorse's sartorial maturation. She wears so much Chanel now, you guys.

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Kristen Stewart (single, September 2012)

In her first public appearance after those damning photos were published, Stewart went for a more ladylike ensemble than ever before.

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Gwyneth Paltrow (married to Chris Martin, 2013)

Do you remember when she got that great haircut and start working out with Tracy Anderson? She carried the short-hemline theme through to just before her unconscious uncoupling from Chris Martin...

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Gwyneth Paltrow (free from the ties of matrimony, 2014)

...And after. Gwyneth will be Gwyneth.

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