Over the years, Kristen Stewart has gone from child actor to vampire lover to homewrecker to indie darling to fashion plate to gay icon. She has dealt with plenty of bumps in the road, including an unfettered hatred from critics of the Twilight films that made her a household name to even more hatred from former fans once photos of her dalliance with director Rupert Sanders were made public. As she’s grown up in the public eye, so has her style.
During the Twilight era, much of Stewart’s outfits comprised of mini dresses and heels. She never looked quite at home – in herself or on the red carpet – and that discomfort showed. As she stepped back from Hollywood and focused on more passion projects and found herself, however, her style transformed. A little more daring, a little more androgynous, and always refusing to be penned in, this is Kristen Stewart’s style evolution.
20 Baggy In Black: 2002
The beginning of a lifetime of awkwardness on the red carpet starts with this snapshot of Stewart back in 2002 during the premiere of Panic Room. Just check out that tight smile! Those clenched fists! She’s positively drowning in this baggy black jacket-and-skirt combo but we’re giving her a pass, because she’s just a kid here with no stylist in sight.
19 This Button-Down: 2003
In 2003, a fresh-faced Stewart does her best impression of “casual job interview” with this pinstriped button-down and faded bootcut jeans. This was when she was just 13 and at the premiere of Cold Creek Manor, and perhaps would point towards a desire to wear pants over dresses on the red carpet.
18 These Neutral Hues: 2005
Have we even seen K-Stew look as sunny as we do here in this 2005 snap from the Tribeca Film festival? Those honey-hued locks and neutral boho outfits are about as far from the actress’s style as it is possible to get, but we kind of like it? She doesn’t look the most comfortable here, but we appreciate the effort.
17 This Ladylike Look: 2007
This beauty look is very 2016-Kristen, which is why we were shocked to learn it’s from all the way back in 2007! At the premiere of Into the Wild (in which she was also a blonde), Stewart rocked a Rodarte dress and some Michael Kors pumps. It’s surprisingly delicate, ladylike, and unexpected.
16 These Polka Dots: 2008
The beginning of Kristen Stewart’s style as we know it: messy, undone, a little bit rocker, a little bit greasy. The messy waves and smirk are peak K-Stew, as is the assorted jewelry. The spotted cocktail dress is fun and funky without getting too feminine. It’s a look we’ll see the star return to for quite a while.
15 These Converse: 2009
With that vampire-like pallor and darker tresses, you know we’ve entered the Twilight era! For the 2009 MTV Movie Awards, Stewart rocked this black-and-red Yigal Azrouël cocktail dress with mesh and leather details alongside some dirty old Converse sneakers. Wearing ankle-breaking heels to an awards show? So not Stewart’s thing.
14 This Punk Aesthetic: 2009
Fully embracing a punk aesthetic that is still serving her these days (albeit with pricier designer labels), we have this look from the 2009 teen Choice Awards. The chainmail-like skirt from Rock & Republic was fresh and fierce and also showed that Stewart was about as far from Bella Swan as it was possible to be.
13 This Princess Dress: 2010
Leaving our jaws on the floor had to have been Kristen’s MO for this 2010 look that she donned for the LA premier of The Twilight Saga: New Moon. The Oscar de la Renta tulle gown was pretty and frothy with lots of layers. Only that messy black updo hinted at the punkier side of the actress’s style.
12 This Warm Pattern: 2011
Could it be? Kristen Stewart is actually smiling at a photographer-heavy event that’s celebrating fashion? For the 2011 Met Gala, the star stunned in this red and black Proenza Schouler gown. It left critics divided (as it usually the case for the events), but we love how it warms up her skin and doesn’t swamp her petite frame.
11 This Sassy Mini: 2011
Red seemed to be K-Stew’s color of choice in 2011, because she also knocked it out of the park in this embellished mini for the 2011 MTV Movie Awards. Loosening up is the name of the game for this event, and Stewart embraced the rocker look, from the Balmain dress to the messy hair and smoky, slept-in eye.
10 This Odd Two-Piece: 2013
Branching out in terms of fashion can be a good thing, but for others it can be a bad decision – and in this photo from 2013, it looks like Kristen is rethinking a few things. For the New York premier of On the Road, Stewart wore this Erdem dress that was also a two-piece, and it’s left us scratching our heads.
9 This Wet Hair: 2015
Wet hair was a very big trend in 2015, and it takes confidence and courage to pull it off – both of which Kristen is exhibiting here. For the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, Stewart opted for a leather-and-lace skirt-and-shirt ensemble. We think it totally fits the actress’s vibe, right down to those silver heels, but not everyone was a fan.
8 This Bleached ‘Do: 2016
Kristen has rocked many hair colors over the years: red, brown, black, and blonde, but this bleached one has gone past having its “moment” and now has become the go-to look for the actress. While traveling through the airport in 2016, Stewart went androgynous cool with plaid pants, suspenders, and a loose white tee.
7 This Prim & Proper Outfit: 2016
Having become the face of Chanel, Kristen decided to rep the brand for the Paris premier of Café Society in 2016. The look is very busy and very feminine, and we question whether Stewart was at home in such a look, given she tends to prefer cleaner lines when it comes to fashion.
6 This After-Party Look: 2016
Now that’s what we’re talking about! For the after-party following the premiere of Café Society, Stewart dressed way down – and looks much better for having done so! The leather jacket, ripped jeans, and fluorescent beanie all say “casual cool” and make Kristen look much more at home with herself and her style choices.
5 This Avant-Garde Ensemble: 2017
Trading in her usual smoky eye and messy hair for something pinker and a fancier updo, the Chanel ambassador went a little avant-garde in this Rodarte look for the premiere of Billy Flynn’s Long Halftime Walk in 2017. The one-sleeved lacy top is giving us major Jerry Seinfeld vibes, but she seems to be digging it!
4 This Buzzcut: 2017
Looking like a total boss in a buzzcut, Kristen is also giving us major ab envy with this midriff-baring ensemble for the premiere of her indie flick Personal Shopper. The ALC bralette and Sally LaPointe trousers are tailored to a T and remind us a little of Gothic activewear, which we think is a major compliment!
3 This Androgynous Outfit: 2018
Working as a member of the jury for the 71st Cannes Film Festival in 2018 required some major pull in the fashion department, and Kristen did not let us down. This androgynous Chanel tuxedo look – complete with wet forelock and some serious smoky eyes – was a total rule-breaker for such an esteemed event.
2 This Colorful Look: 2019
Eschewing black seems to be Stewart’s palette of choice for the year so far, as she rocked this colorful ensemble during the January 2019 Chanel show. Really going in for the menswear trend that has since become her signature, Stewart is bold and uncompromising in tinted lenses, metallic pants, and a tweed blazer.
1 This Glitter Bomb: 2019
The film may have gotten poor reviews but the new Charlie’s Angels has landed Kristen Stewart among the daydreams of men and women alike! For the LA premiere of the film, the actress chose a rainbow-sequined long-sleeved mini dress with cutouts from designer Kevin Germanier that ensured that her fashion choices would never be a flop.