Christina Applegate's Style Evolution Is a Must-See Trip Down Memory Lane

Get prepped for the A-lister's appearance at the 2019 Emmys with a look back at her many red carpet moments

By McKenna Aiello 19 Sep, 2019 12:00 PMTags
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Christina Applegate's style icon status is more than 30 years in the making. 

Hollywood was first introduced to the actress when she landed the role of Kelly Bundy on classic sitcom Married... With Children, and it's safe to say Christina has yet to find a red carpet she didn't get along with. 

From the late '80s and into the early aughts, Applegate modeled practically every fashion trend that defined those eras—pantyhose and newsboy caps included. 

During Sunday evening's 2019 Emmy Awards, where her performance in Netflix's Dead to Me earned her a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, all eyes will be on Applegate in anticipation of yet another standout style moment. 

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So in celebration of Christina's ongoing success and our love for pop culture nostalgia, take a look back at her greatest fashion flashbacks. 

Ready for Her Closeup

Wearing a silk driving scarf and matching floral frock, the actress looked gone with the wind fabulous at the 1989 MTV VMAs. And yes, this was the night Christina infamously ditched Brad Pitt, her date for the evening. 

 

Velvet Vixen

The '80s were big on velvet, and let's just say the starlet didn't skip out on the trend.

Fearless Fashion

In 1988, Applegate dared to mix practically every pattern in the book during an outing alongside Dance 'til Dawn co-star Matthew Perry.

Baby's First Emmys

At her very first Emmy Awards in 1989, the Married With Children star went for embroidered lace-up boots and a black dress.

 

Power Suit Realness

Two years later at the 1991 Emmys, Christina complemented her royal blue skirt suit with a red ribbon for AIDS awareness.

The '90s Have Arrived

By 1993, the star had ditched her platinum blonde bangs for long layers and a more grunge-inspired aesthetic. 

Vampy Vibe

Between Christina's brown lipstick and over-plucked brows, the only thing missing is a few butterfly clips. 

Red Carpet Ready

At the 1998 Emmys, the actress turned heads in embroidered silk and a polished updo.

Elegant as Always

The Olsens twins' flipped up bobs walked so Christina's could run.

 

Double Take

The Jesse star celebrated her first Golden Globe nomination at the 1999 ceremony by wearing a lilac and floral two-piece. And don't you dare forget the matching pashmina, obvs. 

Girl Power

Christina and her The Sweetest Thing co-stars, Cameron Diaz and Selma Blair, turned out for a 2002 TRL appearance in their early aughts finest. And for better or worse, this wouldn't be the last time she wore a dress over jeans. 

 

Free Spirit

More trends of the 2000s that Christina couldn't get enough of? Chiffon blouses, low-rise bottoms and kitten heels, naturally. 

Best Dressed

Not only did the A-lister rock another dress-denim combo to the 2003 Elf premiere, she paired it with a pointed toe pump. 

All the Rage

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Ray of Sunshine

Skinny scarves defined fashion in 2004, so Applegate attended the Creative Arts Emmys that year in a sparkly yellow one.

Suited Up

Fast forward to 2007 and this celeb was still checking every box in her style handbook: cropped vests, plush blazers and newsboy hats.