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Katie Holmes: A Fashion Metamorphosis

We have witnessed a fashion metamorphosis. After Holmes' recent Celebrity Style and the announcement that Katie and newfound fashion friend Victoria Beckham, more on that later, are creating a children's clothing line I got to thinking: wait, Katie Holmes was not always a style maven. Now I was not a Dawson's Creek fan, but I did enjoy Katie's performance in the fun-ride-of-a-film called "Go." But no, she never stood out on the red carpet or in glossies as being particularly stylish. She's lucky she has a lovable dimply pretty face because if not, I would have never noticed her (no offense!). But I notice young brimming fashionistas; that's my job and duty in life, after all.

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Here's a little retrospective on Holmes. As you can see she has gone from an innocent, blah, slightly pudgy faced youngin' to a svelte and sophisticated lady. Holmes is about my age so I give her some credit after thinking back to what I wore seven years ago. That said, I always had some unique styling going on and it is this she lacks. I believe it's the unique and somewhat risktakers who have innate style.

This first pic is from the '98 Emmys; wait, is that a wedding dress?! The next is a poorly paired asymmetrical dress with a black cardigan - fashion no no - btw: she is at the "Eyes Wide Shut" premiere, coincidence much? Then she did asymmetry right in a lovely white pant outfit but what is with the unpolished hair & furry black clutch? Close, but no cigar. Then, we have the overdose of red look in '04 and under no circumstances is a red dress, red shoes, AND red clutch allowed on a red carpet. Enter metamorphosis. Katie is looking sleek and vibrant in Grecian turquoise with her new hubby - a big improvement. Which brings us to today where vive Le Smoking says it all.

When one marries rich (and famous), becomes BFF with someone named "Posh," and has the fashion world at her fingertips it would seem to me to be pretty easy to quickly adopt some "style." So what is that has made Holmes blossom into a young sophisticate? Money? Fame? A friend/stylist? Or is it personal style and she is embracing her innate talent? Whatever the reason, I've got a suspicious eye fixed on this one to see where her fashion persona goes next. What do you all think?


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avocado_seed avocado_seed 9 years
she actually was quite stylish for a bit before she met tom.. and it was the youthful fun kind of style, which i do not think are shown in any of these pictures.. anyways, i really did like how she dressed during that phase..
nikecold nikecold 9 years
Her clothes always seem to weat her as swwonder said. Actually the only dress out of the 3 bottom ones, that I'd actually believe is her style is the turquoise one, whatever clothes she's been wearing lately don't seem to be her style, she rarely seems comfortable.
Stephanym Stephanym 9 years
True that! her style has evolved 10 fold! while I agree that sometimes shje looks too old for age, she always looks elegant. It's crazy to see what she's wearing in some of thos eold pictures!
MELiTA10 MELiTA10 10 years
MELiTA10 MELiTA10 10 years
xo_verity xo_verity 10 years
I think Katies very pretty - but still even now, she is not THAT stylish!
asco00 asco00 10 years
She has unlimited funds and a stylist. But everyone has a stylist these days.
JKe895 JKe895 10 years
I have to agree with swwonder. She doesn't always seem comfortable in what she wears. It's also may be something with the fact that "as Cruise's wife" or along that sort that may be because of it. I don't know.
celeb_obsessed25 celeb_obsessed25 10 years
I think she looks great in everything!! She's really beautiful!!
Vsugar Vsugar 10 years
Well, DUUUUUHHHHHH!!! She's married to TOM CRUISE. Not only has her fashion budget increased (probably) by, like, a MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR, but she's with someone who knows that daily life needs to be produced like a movie if you want to be super duper famous. He's a producer, and she's learning to be the production manager of her own image. What about it don't you get?
glam-sugar glam-sugar 10 years
She's got money and friends and now she thinks she can design. We shall see...
amandasunly amandasunly 10 years
She's all grown upp...
fluffypuff fluffypuff 10 years
Wow, She really had no sense in fashion and probably still doesn't. Thank god for Posh.
Deba Deba 10 years
Man... I want to be friends with Posh
krisua krisua 10 years
yes and when I think myself seven years ago I can tell as well, I have changed for the better.
creamytofu creamytofu 10 years
hey ..she has a bigger account to shop with is not a problem.
kendalheart kendalheart 10 years
Thats b/c A. she has more money now B. she has "people" to pick things out for her C. tom has to have her dress well to reflect on her Gross.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 10 years
I agree that her style has improved, but she doesn't look comfortable in her clothes now. She looks like she's a lost little girl playing dress-up in designer clothes. At least when she was dressing badly, she looked comfortable. Now, whenever I see her, I just think awkward.
the-makeup-blogette the-makeup-blogette 10 years
sorry but she is just a plain Jane in fab, expensive designer clothes like her fem-bot BFF Posh.
topanga topanga 10 years
She married a gay man who has fabulous taste in clothes. Mystery solved. ;)
misspoli misspoli 10 years
For me, she still looks like a girl wearing mother´s clothes! ************************************************************* "To be or not to be: That is the question!" William Shakespeare
Naima Naima 10 years
Who cares??? The girl is a nuts, plain and simple!!!! Anyone who would subject themselves and their child by marrying a gay man is either really dumb or isn't playing with a full deck of cards themselves. Fashionista, she is not, but she is a definite train wreck that we're all watching in slow motion.
hellodolly55 hellodolly55 10 years
Im posting my comments because I dont know where my comments went. I love Katie the person,actress and fashion Katie. She's coming to her own because back then she always love shopping and clothes but has always been preppy,conservative and girl next door Katie. But even that she's all growing up before our eyes she's become a true womanly hottie but her innocence and All American girl next door appeal is still there.Its good she added Armani to her resume when I recalled she was into Gap,Vera Wang and Caroline Herrera.She's always been a fave by stylists then and now she's on the wanted list of many. Another reason I love her style and even follows them because its comfortable,its simple not so in your face and its not slutty. Many may love Katie and some hate her but deep down they are intrigued and fascinated by her evidenced by many folks keeping an eyeful on every move she makes.
bugness bugness 10 years
Well I have to point out that most stars have stylists, even B-list ones. I'm pretty sure Katie HAD to have a professional sylist in her earlier days... just not a good one lol. Maybe she employed a close friend or family member. Her fashion metamorphosis is all due to the stylist she can afford. -Bug
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