We first met Kelly Clarkson back in 2002 when, at just 22 years old, she wowed even the toughest of vocal critics, Mr. Simon Cowell. Not only did she win over Simon, but she stole our hearts (and the show) and went on to become our first ever American Idol.
Over the past 11 years, Kelly has grown up quite a bit. First off, her voice has matured; we’re talking multiple Grammy awards matured. Second, her relationship status has come a long way. Last October she married Brandon Blackstock, a talent manager, and a month later announced that they’re expecting!
Most notable, Kelly’s sense of style has come a long way from her days of pig-tails and strategically-ripped shirts. Never one to care what other people think, Kelly has proven time and time again that she’s not afraid to try different looks, haircuts, colors, etc. Want to see what we mean? Here’s a look at Kelly’s style through the years…
2002: Kelly was queen of hippy-like looks. This was the year she rocked patterns and neutral colors. Meanwhile, Kelly’s hair was taking on a pattern of its own, stripes. This was the year she sported bright, thick, blonde highlights.
2003: Kelly really came into her own following her win on Idol (though we’re sure having a personal stylist on set was a wonderful fashion influence). In 2003 she ditched the highlights for dark brown hair and started wearing more dark colors.
2004: Once again, Kelly lightened up. She added back the blonde highlights and grew her hair out into long and luxurious locks. As for those dark colors, this year it was about whatever fashion fit her figure.
2005: This must have been the year Kelly finally got up the guts to go all the way, trading in her brunette color to become an all-out blonde. Wardrobe wise, those form-fitting shirts were traded in for belly-bling showing band tees. Hey, when you got it, flaunt it!
2007: Her next major fashion switch wasn’t until two years later. 2007 was the year of short hair and getting back to her roots (both on her head and in her closet). Kelly toned down her outfits for more sweet and simple styles.
2008 & 2009: This time it wasn’t Kelly’s vocals or style that was taking center stage. As with any celebrity, the press was quick to monitor when Kelly started to put on a few pounds. Fortunately, this is one star that has a very healthy body image.
As Kelly told SELF magazine, “When people talk about my weight, I’m like, ‘You seem to have a problem with it; I don’t. I’m fine!”
2010 & 2011: Kelly still sported a full-figure, but by this time she had really learned how to show off those curves! Embracing her body, Kelly wore lots of solid colors and grew out her hair in its (almost) original color.
2012: Love looks good on everyone, and Kelly is no exception. At this point her relationship with Blackstock had really taken off (they were engaged after all). Kelly started to lose the weight and bring the patterns back. Oh, and we can’t forget one more hair change, she went blonde again.
2013: As we already mentioned, this was a big year for Kelly. She won a Grammy, got married, and got pregnant. That said, it seems only fair to focus on the most important accessory a girl can wear, her smile. Check out this beaming bride on her wedding day!