Although we’ve spilled a lot of ink talking about
’90s-era celebrities who shy away from taking fashion risks, we’d be remiss if we overlooked a daring style icon who rose to prominence during the decade, someone who isn’t one to play it safe. We’re of course referring to Jennifer Lopez. The style muse has been stepping onto the red carpet in outfits that elicit audible gasps ever since she donned that now-iconic, barely there green Versace gown in 2000 (you know the one).
Ahead, we culled through Getty’s archives to bring you Lopez’s most viral outfits of all time. Spanning the shockingly sheer Chanel ball gown she wore to the 73rd Annual Academy Awards in 2001 to the glittering naked dress she donned at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party to the jaw-dropping
crystal-encrusted crop top she sported at the 2019 CFDA Awards, these are without a doubt Lopez’s most talked about red carpet moments to date. Scroll on to relive all of J.Lo’s most memorable fashion moments from 1998 to 2019.
WHAT: 17th Annual CFDA Awards. STYLE NOTES: Lopez stunned in a sheer, sparkly black dress, showing her affinity for naked dresses early on.
WHAT: 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards. STYLE NOTES: She bared her toned abs when she walked the red carpet in this color-blocked cutout gown at the Golden Globes.
WHAT: 7th Annual MTV Movie Awards. STYLE NOTES: Lopez was the epitome of the ’90s fashion in a sparkly halter top, low-rise leather skirt, and rhinestone barrettes.
WHAT: 1998 MTV Video Awards. STYLE NOTES: Just the first of many statement-making hats Lopez has worn on the red carpet.
WHAT: 42nd Grammy Awards. WEAR: Versace dress. STYLE NOTES: This plunging Versace dress solidified Lopez’s status as a risk-taking style icon.
WHAT: 2000 MTV Video Music Awards. WEAR: Sean John crop top and jeans. STYLE NOTES: Lopez donned a midriff-baring all-white ensemble to the 2000 VMAs, complete with, yes, belly button art.
WHAT: 73rd Annual Academy Awards. WEAR: Chanel gown. STYLE NOTES: The style icon turned heads in this sheer Chanel ball gown at the 73rd Annual Academy Awards.
WHAT: 75th Annual Academy Awards. WEAR: Valentino gown; Harry Winston jewelry. STYLE NOTES: A marked departure from her revealing red carpet looks, this one-shoulder gown was a stunner.
WHAT: 53rd Annual Grammy Awards . WEAR: Emilio Pucci minidress; Christian Louboutin heels. STYLE NOTES: Lopez did the most (in the best possible way) in a sparkling mini dress, studded heels, and a crystal encrusted clutch.
WHAT: 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards. WEAR: Zuhair Murad gown. STYLE NOTES: This sheer lace gown was a harbinger of many naked dresses to come in Lopez’s fashion future.
WHAT: 55th Annual Grammy Awards. WEAR: Anthony Vaccarello gown. STYLE NOTES: J.Lo proved that black doesn’t have to be boring with this high-slit, one-shoulder gown.
WHAT: 2014 Billboard Music Awards. WEAR: Donna Karan bodysuit. STYLE NOTES: A plunging neckline and leg-baring silhouette made this red carpet look one to remember.
WHAT: 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. WEAR: Zuhair Murad. STYLE NOTES: J.Lo stepped out in yet another naked dress for the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.
WHAT: 17th Annual Latin Grammy Awards. WEAR: Zuhair Murad Couture jumpsuit. STYLE NOTES: Lopez wowed at the Latin Grammys in a sheer jumpsuit with strategically placed embellishments.
WHAT: 59th Grammy Awards. WEAR: Ralph & Russo gown; Christian Louboutin heels. STYLE NOTES: Who could forget this pink confection complete with a plunging neckline and high slit up to there?
WHAT: 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards. WEAR: Julien MacDonald gown. STYLE NOTES: This J.Lo look checked all the boxes. High slit? Check. Plunging neckline? Check. Sultry cutouts? Check.
WHAT: 61st Annual Grammy Awards. WEAR: Ralph & Russo column gown. STYLE NOTES: The style icon made headlines after sporting one of her signature accessories on the Grammy’s red carpet.
WHAT: 2019 Met Gala. WEAR: Versace dress; Judith Leiber clutch; Harry Winston Jewelry. STYLE NOTES: Lopez brought the drama to the 2019 Met Gala in a beaded Versace gown and matching headdress.
WHAT: 2019 CFDA Awards. WEAR: Ralph Lauren top and skirt. STYLE NOTES: Lopez made our collective jaws drop when she showed off her abs and wore a sparkly crop top glittering with over 43,200 crystals.
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