The 2002 Look That Proves Charlize Theron Can Wear Anything

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No one does cool, edgy, and sophisticated style quite like Charlize Theron. The 44-year-old actor has always been one to make a statement on the red carpet — whether she’s donning an eye-catching gown or sporting a diamond bracelet as a hair accessory. Over her 25 years of working in Hollywood, the actor has earned herself an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and plenty of other awards. So naturally, as a woman with top-notch talent, she’s developed a sense of style to match her acting chops. Just look at Charlize Theron’s best looks from over the years, which will take you on the actor’s journey to her signature aesthetic.

While some of Hollywood’s household names develop a taste for classic pieces early on in their careers, Theron has always experimented with her style. The actor — who stars in The Old Guard, which is currently Netflix’s top-watched film — has tried just about every trend that has come and gone. From peak ‘90s looks like printed, form-fitting slip dresses and sheer mesh tops definitive of the early aughts to ensembles channeling Old Hollywood glamour, there’s no doubt Theron has worn it (and unsurprisingly, pulled it off).

Scroll down to see all of Theron’s best looks from her years of red carpet appearances and see how her style has evolved into what it’s become known as today.


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When in doubt, one can never go wrong with a simple black slip dress — which is what the actor wore to the Mad City Los Angeles Premiere in 1997.


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The following year, Theron tapped into her love for edgy fashion wearing a form-fitting metallic dress to the New York Film Festival.


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In 2000, Theron wore a quintessential early aughts trend — a flowing, floral-print slip dress with a matching scarf — to the premiere of The Legend of Bagger Vance.


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Theron proved that she's not one to shy away from a bold look in a cutout gown at the 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards.


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For a more casual take on her cool fashion, Theron wore a sheer lace top with a black bra underneath to the premiere of The Truth About Charlie. She completed her look with bootleg jeans and classic black pumps.


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Theron went for a beaded feathered look to the UK premiere of The Italian Job, which marked the beginning of her foray into '20s-inspired looks.


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At the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, the actor opted for a classic off-shoulder gown in flowing satin. However, her strappy snake sandals added the tough edge she's known for.


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For the Los Angeles premiere of Aeon Flux, Theron channeled Old Hollywood's classic fur stoles along with a flapper-style dress with velvet pumps.


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Theron's look for the Venice Film Festival called for drama with a metallic gown featuring a drop waist with layers of tulle to follow her.


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Theron attended the MTV Movie Awards with a look that exemplified her sleek aesthetic with a structured bustier and skinny pants.


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At the 2012 Golden Globes, Theron went for a more romantic look wearing a blush-hued gown with an oversized bow detail by Dior Haute Couture.


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Theron took on the peplum trend when she attended the 2013 Academy Awards in a dress that was also designed by Dior Haute Couture.


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In 2014, the actor attended Met Gala — whose theme was Charles James: Beyond Fashion — wearing a black and white striped gown, also by Dior Haute Couture.


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Theron wore a black fringe leather mini dress to a photocall at the Cannes Film Festival, clearly showcasing her tough aesthetic.


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The actor attended the 2016 Oscars wearing a sleek red gown that featured a deep V-neck by Dior Haute Couture.


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Theron went with another sheer and fringed look for her Premiere of Atomic Blonde in 2017, embracing the essence of the film with her ensemble.


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The Dior ambassador wore another dress from the luxury label to the 2020 Golden Globes, which featured a black bustier stitched into a bright green gown.


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Theron went for a slightly more casual look from Givenchy to the 2020 SAG Awards, which featured a beaded crop top paired with a high-waist skirt with a thigh-high slit. She gave her look another edge by wearing a Tiffany & Co. tennis bracelet as a hair piece in her center part.