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can do drama (The Vow), comedy (Wedding Crashers), thrillers (Red Eye) and Oscar-nominated fare (Midnight in Paris) – and her look is equally versatile. Since her breakout role in 2004’s Mean Girls, she’s demonstrated her willingness to take risks with her fashions (and hair!), so as she graces our April cover, we thought it was the perfect time to look back at her style transformation. Pick up an issue of People StyleWatch, on newsstands and tablets now!
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Her Day-Glo orange tank is right on trend for Spring 2012, but the exposed bra straps, folded-waist skirt and clunky mules are totally 2004, when she attended a ShoWest bash in honor of The Notebook.
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BLONDE BABY DOLL
Sporting new honey-blonde locks for a 2005 Total Request Live appearance, Rachel also experiments with a new look: a blousy tunic worn over leggings and printed shorts, plus patent peep-toes.
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GOING FOR GOLD
A butter-yellow patterned halter gown with pretty bow back is perfect for hosting the Academy’s 2006 Science and Technical Awards. The actress finishes the look with a relaxed, side-swept bun and berry lips.
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At the 2007 SAG Awards, Rachel sports yet another striking hairstyle – a shaggy bob with liberal streaks of fuchsia. Her ultrashort, swingy white mini and white pumps complete her devil-may-care look.
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SLEEK AND CHIC
Later in 2007, the newly single star pairs a slim-fitting, clavicle-baring black shirtdress with slicked-back strands and chunky pumps for a Married Life screening.
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Wearing rich chocolate hair and long bangs, she looks flirty and modern in her L’Wren Scott sheath, Sergio Rossi heels and Brian Reyes coat en route to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in 2009.
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Making her Oscar debut in a crisscross bodice, flowing Elie Saab Haute Couture gown and Lorraine Schwartz diamonds, the award presenter is also one of the 2010 ceremony’s best dressed.
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For the 2011 Cannes debut of Midnight in Paris, the star pulls out all the stops in an illusion tulle Marchesa gown with intricate red embroidery, plus sexy bronze pointed-toe pumps and glamorous retro waves.
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Rachel shakes things up again at the February 2012 premiere of The Vow, debuting heavy (fake!) fringe and bright red lips to complement her mint Vivienne Westwood dress, Pomellato necklace and bracelet, Philip Press bangle, Le Vian ring and nude pumps