Some are born chic. Some achieve chicness. And some have chicness thrust upon them. No one here falls under categories one and three, but by upgrading stylists, growing up, and/or simply surviving the early aughts, everybody has eventually managed to emerge from her Ed Hardy cocoon a sleek, put-together butterfly. See? There's hope for us all.
Okay, it might have been the '90s, but VB's definition of "posh" for a long time meant short and tight and WAG-ish.
Not anymore! Now, she's all about clean, never-a-hair-out-of-place spareness.
Two words: Sk8tr boi.
Sometimes she still does the all-black punk thing, but pre-transformation, this—pink! a ruffle!—never would have happened.
When researching Blake's early years, one gets the feeling she was a regular girl who didn't really have a clue about clothes nor care to get one.
But then—after some commercial success and befriending designers—she became a full-blown Fashion Girl who wears color-block ensembles.
After she moved to New York to star in Gigi: totally New York-ified. (More evidence this way.)
Before she underwent her own New York-ification, Tay Tay was just a romantic in sundresses and cowboy boots.
Moral of the story: The farther your style progresses, the simpler the stuff you wear.
We'll never forget the dress that marked the graduation of Nicole Richie from Paris Hilton's sidekick to style star: a pink, sparkly Michael Kors at the 2005 CFDA Awards. Also, those side bangs.
She's only gotten better and more minimal with time.
Being, uh, herself, Emma Watson will never look back on old photos like, "EW. GET THAT AWAY FROM ME." Instead, she might say "Damn. I used to be really into frou-frou dresses."
These days, it's all Carolina Herrera-esque classiness all the time.
Another one who has no embarrassing pics—just a lot of solid-colored skater and A-line dresses.
Fast forward to this year's Golden Globes, to which she wore cigarette pants. That's growth.
Ah, baby Miley.
Awkward curtsy for a smirk. Standard-issue Disney outfit for hip-bone cutouts.
But then they started their own lines and only wore very clean things in nice, whole fabrics.
She's always been a risk-taker, that's for sure.
Still a risk-taker but in a retro, pin-up-y kind of way.