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How Jennifer Lopez’s Glitzy Style Went From Demure to Daring

Jennifer Lopez

Whether she’s winning hearts in a rom-com or singing about being “Jenny from the Block,” Jennifer Lopez has always had a penchant for putting on the glitz. Since the infamous plunging chiffon Versace dress she wore to the 2000 Grammy Awards (which is now also available in sneaker form), J-Lo’s name has become synonymous with daring, curve-baring looks. (She practically invented the transparent mesh gown look that Rihanna borrowed for the CFDA Awards.) But it’s easy to forget that it wasn’t always so — Lopez once favored more demure designs, albeit always those with a shimmer, a shine, or a well-placed embellishment. Nearly 20 years later, she’s still the one who does it all best, and at 50 years old, she still glows as much as she did in the ’90s. See the complete style evolution for birthday girl Jennifer Lopez, here.

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Jennifer Lopez arrives on the red carpet for the 69th Annual Academy Awards on March 24, 1997 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Jennifer Lopez during The 40th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, United States. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Jennifer Lopez at the VH1 Fashion Awards in New York, New York, October 1998. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Jennifer Lopez at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Los Angeles, California, March 1999. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Jennifer Lopez at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, March 2000. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Jennifer Lopez at the Golden Globes in Beverly Hills, California, January 2001. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Jennifer Lopez at the 73rd annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California, March 2001. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Jennifer Lopez at the 75th annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, March 2003. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Jennifer Lopez at the 61st annual Golden Globes in Beverly Hills, California, January 2004. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Jennifer Lopez at the 66th annual Golden Globes in Los Angeles, California, January 2009. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Jennifer Lopez at the 68th annual Golden Globes in Beverly Hills, California, January 2011. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Jennifer Lopez at the Cannes Film Festival in Cap d’Antibes, France, May 2010. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Jennifer Lopez at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California, February 2015. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Jennifer Lopez at the 87th annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 2015. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Jennifer Lopez at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala in New York, New York, May 2015. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Jennifer Lopez at the 73rd annual Golden Globes in Beverly Hills, California, January 2016. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Jennifer Lopez arrives at the MTV Movie Awards held at the Nokia Theater in L.A., April 2015. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Jennifer Lopez attends the 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Jennifer Lopez attends the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between” Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Jennifer Lopez attends the Billboard Latin Music Awards at Watsco Center on April 27, 2017 in Coral Gables, Florida. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Jennifer Lopez attends the 2017 NBCUniversal Upfront at Radio City Music Hall on May 15, 2017 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Jennifer Lopez attends the 2018 Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Jennifer Lopez on the red carpet at the Latin Billboard Awards in Las Vegas, NV on April 26, 2018. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Jennifer Lopez attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on August 20, 2018 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Jennifer Lopez attends the ‘Second Act’ World Premiere at Regal Union Square Theatre, Stadium 14 on December 12, 2018 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Jennifer Lopez attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Jennifer Lopez attends 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Jennifer Lopez attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

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Jennifer Lopez attends the CFDA Fashion Awards at the Brooklyn Museum of Art on June 03, 2019 in New York City. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.