A Look Back At Jennifer Lopez’s Fashion Evolution As She Wins The CFDA Fashion Icon Award
From Jenny from the block to the sophisticated star we know today
21 April 2019
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Jenny From The Block
JLo’s career started in film, but when she started releasing music in the late Nineties she honed her image as a sex symbol. She was incredibly fresh-faced, with a big smile and long locks.
Her style was simple but sexy – minidresses and a lot of skin on show was par for the course.
In the early to mid-Noughties, Lopez became a bona fide movie star. Along with films like Maid in Manhattan storming the box office, her love life was prime tabloid fodder. She got engaged to Ben Affleck, and the term ‘Bennifer’ was the start of celebrity couple names being blended (leading the way for Brangelina and Kimye).
At this time, her style became increasingly glamorous. She leaned into the Hollywood screen siren vibe in a big way, and would rarely be seen without some kind of big fur over a fancy gown. As with much of her style, Lopez favoured more neutral colour palettes and would never say no to a bit of glitter.
Her hair also changed around this time – she chopped off her long tresses, experimented with curls on the red carpet and was regularly seen with a huge bun piled at the top of her head.
Even if she’s not regularly seen in bright colours, you’ve got to hand it to Lopez – she still manages to be quite experimental with how she dresses. She’s not afraid of trying a new trend, such as a strapless handkerchief dress with a soft felt hat (bang on in 2004 but hasn’t dated quite so well).
Or what about when she had a Sixties moment in 2006 with a Biba sparkly dress and matching headscarf? Not everyone could pull that off, but not everyone is JLo.
The Animal Print Era
Looking back through Lopez’s fashion archives, one thing really stands out in the early 2010s. It soon becomes clear that this was a time when JLo had a minor obsession with animal print.
Whether it’s leopard print, lion or snakeskin – if it was animal-themed, she was wearing it.
It wasn’t exactly the most subtle time for JLo’s fashion, but it encapsulates her approach to style – for her, it’s all about having a bit of fun. And if you’re Lopez, it’s not possible to be too over-the-top.
JLo Today: Sleek, Sexy, Sophisticated
Now 49 years old, Lopez has her style perfectly honed. She’s an unabashed lover of all things glitter and sparkles – she’s more often than not walking the red carpet in full-length dresses of gold or silver.
Her style is unequivocally glamorous and still as sexy as ever. JLo loves a knock-out gown, and it wouldn’t be the dress for her if it didn’t have a substantial slit to show off a leg.
Take a look at her Instagram and you’ll see some of her insane workouts and diet plans, so it’s no surprise she looks as fantastic as she does. Last year she became the first Latinx person to win the Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Award, and with this CFDA Icon Award her fashion, singing, dancing and acting legacy is well and truly secure.